The Service of Christian Marriage: Guidelines for Weddings

Scheduling your Wedding
Wedding License
We’re a Same-Sex Couple
Floral & other Decorations
Wedding Day
Following the Wedding

To make your scheduling request please contact Church Administrator.   She will put you in touch with Rev. Doug Norris, or on occasion one of the other clergy, Rev ‘s Karen J Bowles, or Kristin Philipson.

1) Scheduling your Wedding

The church should be booked for a wedding as soon as you determine a date for the event. We often have weddings booked 12 or 18 months ahead of the date, and we sometimes have several weddings in a day. That means an early booking helps to make sure you have both the date and time you want. On booking your wedding, arrangements can be made for a preliminary interview.

2) Wedding License

The wedding license must be purchased less than three months in advance of your wedding date. We like to receive the license in our office at least two weeks in advance of the wedding in order to make sure all details are in proper order. Both individuals involved in the marriage must fill out the application for the license (available at any city hall), and proof of age will be needed (normally birth certificate) before a license will be issued. Once you receive the license, the bride and groom are to fill out the back of the license which is entitled “Bridegroom” & “Bride”. The middle column indicates the categories for each line. Fill out only the information between the bold lines. If you have any questions on the information demanded, speak to the church office.

3) We’re a Same Sex Couple

Rosedale United Church is proud and privileged to perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples. We welcome persons of all sexual orientation and gender identities to celebrate life passages in this community.”

4) Music

The Director of Music is Wayne Strongman. He is available at his home phone number (469 – 2359) most mornings between between 8:00 a.m. & 9:00 a.m. You also may leave a message for him at the church. It is important that you discuss your music requirements directly with him in advance of the wedding date. If you plan a soloist or special music, then he needs several weeks of lead time.

Mr. Strongman is the only musician authorized to play the organ or piano for church weddings. During Mr. Strongman’s vacation in August, a list of approved organists will be supplied.

5) Floral (and other) Decorations

Many couples wish to decorate the church with flowers or other suitable decorations. Please arrange the set-up of any displays with the church office. We try to make sure there are two hours between each wedding (leaving time for your pictures and set-up for the next wedding).

6) Photographs

You may wish to engage a professional photographer for your wedding day, or have a close friend take the “official” pictures of your wedding. Such a person should speak to the presiding minister before the service to indicate what is planed. Normally, pictures are allowed during the processional, recessional, & signing of the register. No flash pictures are allowed during the service ( they are distracting both for the couple being married & for the guests). Video is permitted. The video operator may set up in a place determined by the minister.

7) Rehearsal

A rehearsal date and time should be set in the first meeting with the minister. All of the members of the wedding party are encouraged to be at the rehearsal, including those escorting the bride. Each couple should decide carefully whom they would like at a rehearsal (often it is not helpful to have a large number of people present without a specific role). Soloists or special musical participants should arrange another time for rehearsing.

8) Wedding Day

Ushers are asked to be at the church about 25 to 30 minutes ahead of the wedding time. The groom and best man should arrive 15 minutes early, and proceed to the Catherine Grant room (southwest corner of main church floor). The bridal party should seek to arrive on time, and may move to the first reception room off the main doors (library) as the final guests are seated. Traditionally, the bride’s mother is seated last.


9) Fees

The total cost for your wedding is $ 1,650.00. This includes rental of the church for rehearsal and wedding, fees for minister, organist, church janitor, & administration cost. A down payment of $ 825.00 will hold your wedding date. The balance is due a week before the wedding payable to Rosedale United Church.

10) Following the Wedding

We are pleased to help you on this important day of your life. Our ministerial staff is available for support both before & after the wedding. You are most welcome to join us in worship Sunday mornings at 10:30 am., or be involved in our other programs.

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