What Questions Do I Need To Ask When Booking A CHURCH Wedding

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One of the brides-to-be on my Wedding Group asked what questions her and her husband-to-be should ask before booking a Church wedding ceremony. Group members did not disappoint and replied with many important things you need to know before you commit to a particular Church.

  • How early should you arrive before ceremony? 
  • How many guests can be seated?
  • Can guests stand, how many?
  • Can guests , photographer take photos during ceremony and if not when? 
  • Length of service? 
  • Cost and when is payment due?
  • Can you have hymns , music? 
  • Can you decorate the aisle and church with your own flowers?
  • Can you use confetti?
  • Are you allowed to decorate (other than flowers) and if so, how early can you get in to decorate if you’re decorating?
  • Is there a hall you can later use for the reception and what is the cost?
  • If yes, do they have tables, chairs, linens? 
  • Are you responsible for cleaning them, and is there a fee for them to be cleaned? What time frame do you have for setting up and cleaning up?
  • Do they allow dancing in the reception venue?
  • Is there a kitchen for catering/making food on site? 
  • Is there an extra fee for that? 
  • Is there any kind of sound system in the church or is there just the usual piano and/or organ?
    • Is anyone from the church able to set up the sound?
    • Can you get ready there? 
    • Are you able to use real flames (candles)?
    • Are there any requirements to using the facility (ie. are you required to take premarital counselling with their pastor/priest)?
    • Can we take photos in the Church gardens (do you have gardens).
    • Do you have disabled access?
    • Do you have toilets?

    Thank you all for such wonderful helpful suggestions!

    7 Top Tips for Planning a Church Wedding

    Church weddings continue to be the most popular venue for brides and grooms to exchange marriage vows. However, before you exchange wedding vows, you may want to be aware of some helpful pointers.

    Tip No. 1

    Traditionally, a bride will immediately choose her home church for her wedding. That is an excellent idea, provided the sanctuary is sufficiently large to accommodate all of the guests and the wedding party. A bride and groom want nothing more than for their guests to be forced to stand during the ceremony due to a lack of seating. If you are aware that your church is too small for the wedding ceremony, consider holding it at a guest church.

    Tip No. 2

    If a bride is planning a winter wedding, she should ensure that the church's heating system is in working order prior to her big day. If the wedding is in the spring or summer, ensure that the air conditioning is functioning properly.

    Third Tip

    Two days prior to the wedding date, visit the clergyman in charge and confirm that the individuals responsible for decorating the church will have access to the building on the day of the wedding. Confirm the exact time they will be permitted to enter the church and the amount of time they will have to decorate before the church is locked for the night. I've seen wedding decors go awry due to a sense of urgency to complete the decoration.

    4th Tip

    Never plan to decorate the church on the wedding day. This is a recipe for disaster. I cannot begin to express how much time it takes to decorate even the tiniest church using the simplest decorating scheme. No matter how well prepared a decorating team is, an unexpected trip to the store for additional tape or a hasty return home to retrieve the bows for the pews that were left on the table cannot be ruled out.

    When the church decoration is scheduled on the same day as the wedding, there is no room for the unexpected. Not only that, if the individuals decorating the church are also wedding guests or, worse, members of the wedding party, they will be mentally and physically exhausted from rushing around all morning.

    Tip No. 5

    A wedding rehearsal is critical. On their wedding day, the last thing a bride or groom wants to see is a group of people who have no idea what they are supposed to do. While it may seem obvious at first glance, it is critical for the wedding party to practice precisely when, where, and how they are supposed to make their way from the back of the church to the front. They need to know where they should stand and when they should exit.

    Traditionally, wedding rehearsals take place the day before the wedding, but if this is not possible due to unforeseen circumstances, the bride and groom should schedule another date. Whatever you do, make a point of scheduling a wedding rehearsal.

    Sixth Tip

    Arrange for a wedding rehearsal at a time when everyone who has even the smallest role or responsibility is available. This includes ministers, ushers, singers or guest performers, musicians, the DJ, and the bride and groom's parents. The bride and groom cannot rely on individuals to perform their duties effortlessly if they are unaware of what is expected of them or when it is expected. Additionally, this allows everyone to get a sense of what to expect on the big day.

    Seventh Tip

    Ensure that you obtain the name and phone number of at least one church official who is capable of resolving any church-related issues that may arise. My best example is a bride who encountered an issue with the church's air conditioning system. When she entered the church, the minister unlocked the doors and informed her that he would return in six hours to secure the structure. He had been invited to preach at a guest church and would therefore be unavailable until then. The bride discovered thirty minutes after he left that the thermostat had been turned off due to the building being unoccupied since last Sunday. When she attempted to turn it on, she discovered that it was password protected. The minister was unable to be contacted. The bride had arranged for a rehearsal dinner at the church following rehearsals. Needless to say, by the end of the evening, everyone was hot and bothered.

    Church weddings are by far the most popular wedding venue. In comparison to other venues, church weddings have unique planning requirements, with critical elements that must be considered throughout the planning stages. To ensure that everything goes smoothly leading up to the exchange of wedding vows, consider the seven tips listed above and incorporate them into your wedding plans.

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