In the United Methodist Church, marriage is not a sacrament, but it is a sacred covenant. The wedding ceremony is treated as a holy moment, in which two persons are united in marriage before God, their families and friends. It is a personal time, and also a time of dignity and reverence. Everything in the service is designed to help the couple start their marriage acknowledging that God is an important part of their relationship, and with the grounding and support of the faith community.
Arranging your Wedding
Contact the church office, in person, by telephone, or email, for answers to any questions not answered in this booklet. (408) 378-3472, or firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a sketch of what happens in order to begin the process:
The wedding coordinator will check the master calendar for the availability of your date, fill in a form containing some basic information, and help you schedule an initial consultation with one of the pastors. If you and the pastor mutually agree to proceed with the wedding here, you will make a $100 non-refundable deposit (which will count to the overall cost of the wedding), and the wedding coordinator will reserve your date and time. Make your deposit payable to “Campbell United Methodist Church” and in the memo portion, note “wedding deposit.”
Our ordained ministers are in charge of all weddings performed at this church. With discussion, a guest minister may assist in the ceremony. When such a request has been approved, our pastors will write a letter of invitation. If the wedding is scheduled during our pastors’ vacation, the church office will arrange for another United Methodist pastor to officiate.
If your wedding will be held at the church, the wedding coordinator will work with you regarding music, space decoration, flowers and a rehearsal.
We do have the capacity to hold wedding receptions here, but you should know that no alcohol may be served on this campus.
In advance of your wedding day
The pastor will meet at least twice with the couple being married, in order to:
- get acquainted
- discuss the meaning of the marriage relationship
- make plans for each couple’s ceremony
- offer the support of the church in undergirding their life and love together
The purpose of the counseling is not only to make your wedding beautiful, personal and unique, but also to enable your marriage to begin with strength, openness, and grounded love.
It is your responsibility to arrange appointments with the pastor who will perform the ceremony.