Setting the Tone
A marriage begins with a decision of two persons to spend their lives together. It is the uniting of two spirits under God, involving a covenant and a willingness to continue growing together. The wedding ceremony therefore is to be a joyful time of commitment and celebration.
Setting the Date
Contact the Parish Administrator for availability. Due to heavy demand for weddings at certain times of the year, we suggest you have alternative dates and times in mind. The rehearsal is usually the evening before the wedding. When a date is selected, a "Facility Use Agreement" will be prepared. An initial payment is required at the signing of the agreement in order to secure the date.
Considering the sacredness of a church wedding, we encourage music that integrates the worship experience. Our wedding organist has a list of appropriate literature and solo selections to assist you, if necessary. It is your responsibility to contact the organist for selection of music. Unless contacted at least two weeks prior to the wedding, the organist will make the selections.
After you secure your date, you will be contacted by our Wedding Director, who will be available to guide you through our procedures and can advise you on any questions which may arise throughout your planning. The wedding will be directed by our Wedding Director, who will direct the wedding party at the rehearsal and the day of your wedding.
The Wedding Rehearsal
The rehearsal is normally held the evening prior to the wedding. A maximum of 90 minutes is scheduled for your rehearsal, so please be prompt. The Wedding Director will be present to guide the wedding party through the rehearsal.
All arrangements for flowers and decorations are made by the wedding party. The Wedding Director can advise you on matters of style and quantity. Floral decorations must be completed, including cleanup, one hour prior to the wedding.
You may use the photographer of your choice. Flash is not allowed during the wedding service, as it is distracting to the wedding party and guests. Posed pictures before and after the ceremony are permissible. Guests are requested not to take pictures during any part of the ceremony. Videotaping is permitted using a maximum of three cameras. The videographer remains stationary at a predetermined location throughout the ceremony, and uses only natural light.
Smoking is not permitted in any of our buildings. No rice, birdseed and bubbles, confetti or anything that might create a slipping hazard are permitted.
Reception and Rehearsal Dinner
If you choose to have your reception and/or rehearsal dinner at the church, it should be scheduled with the Church Administrator at the time the wedding date is set. The Parish Hall seats approximately 120 guests, but must be booked in advance. Any decorating of the facilities must be done the day of the wedding. Kitchen facilities are not included.
Download our Wedding Brochure. This guide will answer most of your questions about wedding procedures and policies at St. Wilfrid’s. Contact our Parish Administrator to confirm date availability and begin the reservation process or with any questions.