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Guide for Weddings at St. Paul's

Weddings are Worship Services, where two people publicly covenant with each other in mutual love, and God acts as a witness and guarantor that the covenant will be carried out with fidelity. The staff at St. Paul's acts on behalf of the Congregation to assist in this significant moment.

The following information will be helpful in your planning:

  1. Those requesting marriage at St. Paul's are asked:

    • To acknowledge the importance of Marriage Preparation sessions and agree to consider participation by bride and groom. [Details may be obtained from the Church Office.]

    • To confirm the proposed date and time of the wedding with the Church office, after reading the pamphlet. [Weddings are at 1:00, 2:30 or 4:00 p.m., subject to availability.]

    • To agree to meet with a minister at an appropriate time before the wedding. *[You will be contacted approximately 1 month before your wedding to arrange an interview time with the minister.]

  2. A Rehearsal will be booked at the time of your interview* with the minister. The rehearsal is normally the evening before the wedding and lasts 30 - 45 minutes.

  3. The Wedding Service will be conducted by a minister of St. Paul's. If another minister is to assist with the service, it is customary that he or she will be invited by the minister of St. Paul's

  4. The Organist of St. Paul's is responsible for all musical arrangements for a wedding. Please note that the organ and piano may only be played by the church organist. The organist will be in touch with you a week or two before your wedding.  Fees for the organist are to be paid whether or not their services are required.

  5. Marriage Licence. It is the couple's responsibility to obtain their Marriage License within 3 months of their ceremony, from the City Clerk's Office or many municipal offices in Ontario. You are asked to deliver the license to the Church Office not later than 3 weeks before your wedding.

  6. Sanctuary. Please note that the Sanctuary is not air conditioned. Carpet runners are not permitted. Occasionally, the Sanctuary will be decorated to reflect the church year and the congregation's needs. These symbols will not interfere with your wedding, and will not be removed.

  7. Photographs. Once the bride reaches the front of the church, no photographs of the ceremony are permitted. Photographs are permitted during the processional, while the register is being signed, and during the recessional. Video cameras are allowed from the balcony only.

  8. Confetti. The use of confetti, flower petals or rice inside and outside the building is forbidden at all times.

  9. Flowers and Pew Bows. The church has bouquets of flowers and pew bows available for your wedding at a small fee. Please advise at time of interview if you wish to use them. You may make your own arrangements, if you wish.

  10. Candles. If you wish to light candles on the candelabra on the communion table, please bring three (10-12") candles to the rehearsal.

 

Honoraria and Fees
Minister  
Organist*
Church Officer **
Use of Sanctuary 
Total $1,100.00

 

* If present at rehearsal add an additional $50.00

**Up to an hour for the rehearsal and the wedding ceremony. Any additional time add $50.00

These fees are subject to review annually.

A Non-Refundable deposit of $100.00 is required within 30 days of booking, to secure the date and time. The balance of the fees is due to St. Paul's 30 days prior to your wedding date.

For a wedding ceremony outside St. Paul's, please contact the church office.

Please Note: If there is any change of plans, addresses, or telephone numbers, please advise the church office during business hours at (905) 451-1405.

Wedding Information updated March 2016.