Weddings at Carrollton Presbyterian Weddings at Carrollton Presbyterian Church Approved by Session...
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Carrollton Presbyterian Church 14 Maple Street
Carrollton, Georgia 30117 http://www.carrolltonpresbyterian.net | 770-832-6131
Approved by Session of Carrollton Presbyterian Church September 2015
The first step in planning your wedding at Carrollton Presbyterian is to contact our Wedding Coordinator through the church office. The wedding coordinator will help you select your date and guide you through wedding protocol at the church.
Church Office 770-832-6131
The beautiful Sanctuary, established in 1901, holds 250 people. Westminster Hall, available for receptions, holds 90 guests. Use of our CPC Minister is required by the church and will assure that all needs are met on this most important day. We look forward to helping create a beautiful, sacred event with you. You will find more information within this brochure and through our coordinator.
Non-Member Wedding Fees
Wedding fees at Carrollton Presbyterian Church include a non-refundable fee of $250 to hold the date and facility for your wedding. Fees are due thirty (30) days before your wedding date and include:
CPC Minister & Premarital Counseling CPC Wedding Coordinator Church Staff Custodian Sound & Lighting Technician Use of the Sound Board Use of Sanctuary, Piano & Organ for wedding and rehearsal. Pianist/Organist fees additional. Use of the Gathering Room for Wedding Party Wedding Ceremony Set-up Use of nursery facility. Sitter fees additional. Rehearsal coordinated by Wedding Coordinator
Total Non-member Wedding Fee: $1575.00
*Members of Carrollton Presbyterian To be considered an active member of Carrollton Presbyterian Church, a person has committed his or her prayers, presence, gifts and service to the church for one year prior to the date of the wedding.
Weddings at Carrollton Presbyterian Church
Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family. Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives. The sacrificial love that unites the couple sustains them as faithful and responsible members of the church and the wider community. In civil law, marriage is a contract that recognizes the rights and obligations of the married couple in society.
In the Reformed tradition, marriage is also a covenant in which God has an active part, and which the community of faith publicly witnesses and acknowledges. If they meet the requirements of the civil jurisdiction in which they intend to marry, a couple may request that a service of Christian marriage be conducted by a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), who is authorized, though not required, to act as an agent of the civil jurisdiction in recording the marriage contract. A couple requesting a service of Christian marriage shall receive instruction from the Minister, who may agree to the couple’s request only if, in the judgment of the Minister, the couple demonstrate sufficient understanding of the nature of the marriage covenant and commitment to living their lives together according to its values. In making this decision, the Minister may seek the counsel of the session (the governing body of the congregation), which has authority to permit or deny the use of church property for a marriage service.
The marriage service shall be conducted in a manner appropriate to this covenant and to the forms of Reformed worship, under the direction of the Minister and the supervision of the session (W-1.4004–.4006). In a service of marriage, the couple marry each other by exchanging mutual promises. The Minister witnesses the couple’s promises and pronounces God’s blessing upon their union. The community of faith pledges to support the couple in upholding their promises; prayers may be offered for the couple, for the communities that support them, and for all who seek to live in faithfulness. A service of worship recognizing a civil marriage and confirming it in the community of faith may be appropriate when requested by the couple. The service will be similar to the marriage service except that the statements made shall reflect the fact that the couple is already married to one another according to the laws of the civil jurisdiction. Nothing herein shall compel a Minister to perform nor compel a session to authorize the use of church property for a marriage service that the Minister or the session believes is contrary to the Minister’s or the Session’s discernment of the Holy Spirit and their understanding of the Word of God.
Reserving Your Wedding
Couples wishing to be married at Carrollton Presbyterian Church will contact the Wedding Coordinator to set a time and date and obtain a schedule of fees. A meeting with the Wedding Coordinator is required to discuss procedure and policies for weddings at Carrollton Presbyterian. Though a reservation may be made up to a year in advance, confirmation is contingent upon the approval of the minister and the session, the couple signing and returning appropriate agreements, and upon payment of the deposit. Generally, weddings are held on Saturdays at various times, with exceptions for the following holidays and holy days. No weddings may be scheduled during Holy Week, on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Also, please note, no wedding with a church reception may be scheduled after 6pm.
Your Wedding Coordinator The church Wedding Coordinator is responsible for coordinating both the rehearsal and wedding. This includes the traditions of seating, processionals and recessional and placement of the wedding party in the sanctuary. Outside consultants are welcome to help the wedding party. Once the wedding party enters the sanctuary, please rely on the CPC Wedding Coordinator to coordinate the activities of the wedding party.
Your Minister The couple should contact the CPC Minister with regard to performing the service and should arrange for premarital counseling. Because the wedding service is a time of worship, the person leading the service is very important. The Presbyterian Church, through its discipline, carefully states the requirements for those who perform such services. CPC follows the guidelines of the Book of Common Worship and requires all persons who have their weddings at Carrollton Presbyterian to use our minister as the leader in the Wedding Ceremony and Service of Worship. Other persons of meaning may participate, at the discretion of the Minister of CPC and may perform the establishment of the Covenant of Marriage where their credentials allow.
Your Marriage License It is the responsibility of the couple to obtain a marriage license prior to the wedding. The marriage license should be given to the officiating minister or the Wedding Coordinators no later than the rehearsal date. No wedding can be performed without the license. Information regarding the license may be obtained by calling: Carroll County Probate Court: 770-830-5840.
No alcoholic beverages are permitted on church premises. At the discretion of the Minister and/or Wedding Coordinator, a rehearsal or wedding ceremony may not proceed if any member of the wedding party has been consuming alcoholic beverages.
Smoking is not permitted on church premises.
No food or drink is allowed in the Sanctuary at any time.
No rice, bird seed, confetti or potpourri may be used on church premises.
Experience has shown that having a registration book or a receiving line at the church delays the wedding or wedding photography. Please plan both of these for your reception.
The church is reserved for you two (2) hours prior to the ceremony and thirty (30) minutes after. Please observe the church’s request that your wedding party arrive at the church no earlier than two (2) hours before the wedding.
The use of a Staff Sound and Lighting Technician is required to operate the sound board.
No pets may be in attendance.
Photography Because a wedding is a worship service, Carrollton Presbyterian Church does not allow photography during the ceremony with one exception. Photographs may be taken from the balcony after the entire wedding party is assembled and before the minister begins the wedding vows. This policy is enforced and includes professional photographers, family, friends and guests. Please be sure that all are in- formed so they may respect the sacredness of our worship space and service. During the recessional, the photographer may take pictures of the wedding party from the back of the church at the double doors. Flash is permissible during the recessional only. We do not permit movement or positioning of the photographer during the service.
All professional photography may begin no more than one and a half hours before the ceremony. Any pictures taken prior to the ceremony must be completed within 30 minutes before the ceremony begins. Any pictures taken after the ceremony must be completed within 30 minutes of the ceremony ending. The officiating minister will be delighted to participate in pictures taken immediately after the ceremony.
Videographers Videographers may assume a fixed position in the balcony of the sanctuary. Videographers may not move during the ceremony and must remain as u