A wedding is a joyful celebration of God’s love for us and our commitment to the Christian family. Central Presbyterian Church has been the site for many beautiful weddings over the years. The service itself and the preparation for it centre on this premise.
Celebrating our Faith
There is no greater privilege than to know Jesus Christ and to worship Him. For those who know the Lord Jesus Christ, it is good to express their faith and personal commitment as part of the wedding ceremony. Only a small part of the ceremony cannot be changed. Your minister is willing to help you find ways to express your faith in the service.
Booking Your Wedding
In the Presbyterian Church, all wedding requests are approved by the Session.
The first step is to complete and submit the Wedding Request Form. This includes information about the bride and groom, requested date for the wedding and rehearsal, music and any special requests.
The request will go to the Session for approval. You will then be contacted by the Wedding Coordinator regarding the decision and outlining next steps.
While it is natural to focus attention on the wedding day, it is also important to think about marriage as a long term commitment. For this reason, couples are required to complete a marriage preparation course prior to the wedding. This requirement may be met in one of two ways. You may arrange counselling with Central’s minister or provide written verification of completion of another marriage preparation course.
A marriage license may be obtained anywhere in Ontario at a Municipal Office. The license must be presented to the minister at least three weeks prior to the ceremony.
Professional musicians are available to provide music on our Shimmel Grand Piano and Cassavant three manual organ. Please speak to the wedding coordinator regarding your music requests.
Should you wish to have other musicians at the wedding ceremony, please indicate this information on the Wedding Request Form.
We recommend that flowers for the wedding be brought to the church on the day of the wedding. If other arrangements must be made, please contact the wedding coordinator.
The wedding coordinator is Central’s official representative at weddings performed at the church. All weddings will use the services of the wedding coordinator.
The wedding coordinator will meet with the couple to plan the wedding to ensure that the day is special in the way you want it to be. You will discuss requests such as the use of candles, microphones, the sound system, placement of flowers, signing the register, photography, music and video.
The wedding coordinator will be present at the rehearsal and the wedding to assist the wedding party and guests. The wedding coordinator is responsible for opening and closing the church at the rehearsal and on the wedding day, as well as safety and security for everyone in attendance.
While we appreciate that family pets are well loved, only registered service animals are allowed in the church.
Fees and Payments
A non-refundable deposit of $400 is required at the time of approval by the Session to confirm the booking.
Honoraria are paid directly to staff, no later than the rehearsal date, in the following amounts:
|Central’s Minister (if used)
Fee Includes Pre-Marriage Counselling
|Central Organist/Pianist (if used)
(if required at rehersal)
|Sound System & Technician||Rate available
|Piano Tuning (Mandatory if outside musician used)||$150|
Wedding Application Form