Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Church Rules…

As brides plan the wedding of  their dreams, we need to caution them to include policies and guidelines that are likely to be in place at the chosen ceremony venue.  You should learn the preferred “rules: of what can and cannot be done at many of the area’s churches this can help during the planning process.  One of the most important rules is to consult the church personnel early in the process to be sure the limitations and preferences are clearly understood.  Planning to cooperate fully and pleasantly with church guidelines is the order of the day.

Typically a church will not allow permanently attached furniture to be removed.  No thumbtacks or nails can be driven into woodwork nor can anything be used that may deface it.  Saucers or mats must be placed under all plants for floral arrangements that may rest on the floor.  Floral arrangements or candles that require taping to the pews may not be allowed.

All arrangements for music, the ceremony and planned decorations should be submitted well in advance and are subject to approval of the priest, minister or rabbi.  Many churches have a wedding coordinator with whom the bride will need to work.  This coordinator will be a good source of what’s possible and what isn’t .

Many churches are requiring that decorations be kept to a minimum so as not to detract from the dignity of the sanctuary.  many churches as that photographs not be taken during the ceremony.  If the church is large and a favorite venue for many brides, weddings may be scheduled close together on popular weekend dates.  To facilitate traffic movement, many churches will request that photographs be tightly scheduled and that receiving lines be held at the reception location rather than the church.

Remember that each church or synagogue will have its own set of requirements and your wedding will be expected to follow them.  Getting to know the church’s coordinator or officiating celebrant well in advance of the ceremony is to everyone's advantage!  So take the time to check it out fully and be prepared!

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