Weddings at Memorial
St. Augustine’s Most Beautiful Wedding
“Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well being of the entire human family. Marriage is a civil contract between a woman and a man. For Christians marriage is a covenant through which a man and a woman are called to live out together before God their lives of discipleship. In a service of Christian marriage a lifelong commitment is made by a woman and a man to each other, publicly witnessed and acknowledged by the community of faith.”
– Directory of Worship, Presbyterian Church USA
We are delighted that you desire to be married in the sanctuary of Memorial Presbyterian Church. Please review our wedding policy to help insure that your wedding ceremony reflects the best of our Christian tradition.
FAQ’s About Getting Married at Memorial
- Can non-members be married at Memorial? Yes, we consider weddings for non-members a part of our ministry of outreach.
- Can we rent the church for our wedding? Memorial is not “rented” as a venue for weddings, but we see our wedding ministry as an extension of our worship life here.
- What is the procedure to get married at Memorial? Contact the Church Wedding Coordinator (904) 829-6451 to check the availability of your requested date. You must complete our application and submit it to our Wedding Coordinator. The application is reviewed and approved by one of our pastors who will contact you and your fiancé for an interview. After the initial interview; you are required to pay the deposit of $900 in order to secure your requested date.
- What is the cost? Please see page 5 of the Wedding Policy.
- Is the cost negotiable?
- Can my family minister officiate at my wedding? One of our pastors will be the lead officiant at your wedding.
- Can I get married on a Friday? Yes, provided there are no other events going on at the church. Rehearsals will be on Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
- Can I get married on a Sunday?
- Can use the grounds around Memorial to get married instead of the Sanctuary?
- Can you “pencil” me in while I make arrangements with the reception venue?
- The church is not available on the following holidays for weddings: Holy Week (Easter week); Thanksgiving weekend and Christmas as these are very busy times in the church. Other holidays the church is not available include: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day Weekend, Fourth of July and Labor Day Weekend.
- What time is the rehearsal? Rehearsals are scheduled at 5:oo p.m.
- How long is the rehearsal? 1 hour; provided everyone is on time and is cooperative.
- What times are available for weddings? Weddings can be held on anytime during the day on a Saturday with the last time beginning at 6:00 p.m. Weddings held on Friday can be scheduled anytime with the last time beginning at 5:30 p.m.
- How many people can the church hold? Approximately 450.
- Parking: Memorial’s parking lot is available for your wedding guests during the wedding ceremony ONLY. If guests remain in the lot during the reception; they must pay the Parking Attendant the parking fee. This information should be noted on your invitations, websites, etc.
- Do you offer a Reception venue? No.
- Is there Handicapped parking and wheelchair access into the Sanctuary? Yes
- I already have a wedding planner. Do I have to use your Wedding Coordinator? The Wedding Coordinator’s job to ensure a smooth wedding in accordance with our church policies. Our Wedding Coordinator is available to help with all the details of your wedding at MPC. The Wedding Coordinator will act as liaison between the bride and groom; the pastor and organist. Our Wedding Coordinator will work closely with those getting married as well as outside wedding planners to see that the desires and requests of the couple can be met, as long as those requests are appropriate for worship. Above all, she is available for everyone while remaining “invisible”.
- Do you allow other music other than organ music? Music suitable for the marriage service directs attention to God and expresses the faith of the church. Secular love songs, prerecorded music and music inappropriate for worship will not be permitted. The officiating minister has final approval of all music performed before and during the service. String instruments and soloists are permitted; however, they cannot replace the organist.