Facilities & Services

We have both an intimate redwood chapel which seats approximately 50 people and a beautiful colonial sanctuary (with an extraordinary organ), which seats 350 people. We also have a special Brides' Room for dressing and a beautiful reception hall. All areas are fully air-conditioned.
Scheduling
Weddings and other church activities are scheduled in three-hour segments. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that your wedding is coordinated in a timely fashion. This time includes, but is not limited to, the following typical wedding activities: floral arrangement delivery and setup, decorations, on-premise dressing, the marriage ceremony, greeting of the guests and photography. If you anticipate needing additional time, prior arrangements will need to be made with both the church office and the wedding director. If this is the case, there will be additional charges to cover personnel costs (see rate schedule). And, if your wedding activities exceed three hours without prior arrangements, there also may be additional charges.

Once you have booked your wedding, should you have any need to change the date or time, it is imperative that you check with the church office immediately, prior to having invitations printed. Please do not assume that we can accommodate changes without advance notice.

Rehearsal
Your wedding director will phone you to schedule a one-hour rehearsal. Any special arrangements or unusual requests should be made prior to the rehearsal. Because our facilities are extremely busy, it is important that your rehearsal begin on time. It is especially common for attendants and family members not to be prompt. Please emphasize the importance of starting on time. There may be additional fees if your rehearsal is not completed within the scheduled time period.

Music
Music is a very important part of your wedding ceremony. Our staff musicians are experienced in a variety of music styles. Typically, the organist begins a prelude approximately 15-20 minutes prior to the ceremony, as wedding guests arrive. A piece such as Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by J.S. Bach is then played during the entrance of the bridesmaids and groomsmen. The bride's processional follows. The traditional processional is typically used but we also offer alternatives such as the Wedding Processional from Sound of Music or Trumpet Voluntary. Following the ceremony, a recessional is played and then a postlude as wedding guests are leaving.

Soloists/Special Music
If you would like to have a vocal soloist or instrumental ensemble, we have a variety of excellent singers and players specializing in all types of music. We recommend that you attend our regular church services to hear various soloists each Sunday. There are additional charges for instrumentalists, soloists, and the accompanist. You are also welcome to bring your own soloists and musicians.

Sound Equipment
Our sanctuary does offer an excellent sound system with microphones. As a rule, most weddings do need to use the amplification system. We also have both recording and playback capabilities. If you wish to have your wedding ceremony microphoned and recorded, please request this specifically and understand that the microphones will record the officiant and the soloists' microphones. Non-directional, ambient sound (including the bride and groom) will not be picked up clearly through the amplification microphones. If you have any special needs, we can arrange for our sound reinforcement staff to provide services during your wedding. There are additional charges for this service.

Decorations
The church does not provide floral decorations. We have a fabric aisle runner available for rental. Decorations such as bows or flowers may be secured to the pews by the use of large rubber bands or the eye hooks already in place at the ends of each pew. The use of tape, staples, tacks or glue is not permitted.

Photography
Photographers are welcome in our sanctuary. However, we do ask that the following guidelines be observed:
  • No flash photography permitted during the wedding ceremony.
Video cameras are permitted in the balcony and on the pulpit-side of the sanctuary (behind the choir pews). However, video cameras used during the ceremony must not have bright, direct lighting which could distract guests. Check with the wedding director if you have specific questions.

Church Regulations
  • No smoking is permitted in any inside area of the church complex.
  • No alcoholic beverages are permitted except for church-approved champagne punch in the designated reception room.
  • For safety reasons, the elevated stage area in the social hall cannot be used for seating either the wedding party or guests.
  • In consideration of our neighbors, there should be no congregating in the parking lot after the wedding or reception.
  • All rooms must be left in the same, clean condition you found them.