Your Wedding Day
Marriage and the Church
Yes, as long as they are an ELCA affiliated Pastor.
No, you can play music from your personal collection. Just make sure it is of Christian origin.
Yes, the Pastor has to approve the song selection and make sure the service is in the correct order. If the song is not a popular one, you may need to email the lyrics of the music to Pastor Layne Nelson at Layne@eastsidelc.org. After the pastor approves the layout, you can then print the programs.
Yes, you can. However, you must use rubber bands or plastic hanging hooks – NO staples, tape, etc. There are 30 pews (15 on each side).
Yes, the wedding coordinator is here to assist you with questions regarding what is allowed in the church and what is not. They will make follow-up calls to the florist, limo company, and photographer for reminders. All questions should be directed to them. If they can’t answer the question, they will investigate and return a call to you.
The first step is to call the church with a date in mind. If the date is open, then the costs vary by whether you are a member or not: $100 deposit for members and $600 total / $450 deposit for non-members and $1,050 total. The deposit holds the date. The first person who selects the date also selects the time of the wedding. The times a wedding can be scheduled between 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Real rose petals, bird seed, and/or rice are not allowed. Only bubbles or bells can be used outdoors.
This depends on how long it takes for practicing walking up and down the isle. The rehearsal usually only takes 45 minutes. During the rehearsal the Pastor will ask the wedding party to join in the sanctuary. A prayer will be said and then the Pastor will ask the couple and wedding party to take their places up front just how they want them for their wedding day. The Pastor will go over the service order, have the wedding party walk out, then back in and answer any questions you may have. There will be a few brief words from the wedding coordinator and then you will be free to go to your rehearsal dinner.
It is best to meet with the organist one month prior to the wedding to select songs to be played.
You need to get your license at the court house. Please bring both the license and decorative license to the church office one week prior to the wedding. After signing the day of the wedding, the church office staff will mail the original to the court house.
This is a good time to bring the guest book, unity candle and two single candles, basket or box decorated for cards, bubbles (if you are using them), programs, and wedding dress.