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Who can get married in the church?
While members of our congregation have certain privileges when it comes to weddings, non-member ceremonies are gladly welcomed.
What rooms are available?
The sanctuary and the two chapels are all available for weddings, depending on the number of people expected. Receptions may be held in one of our rooms with kitchen facilities as well.
Yes. An important part of marriage preparation is consultations between the minister and the couple. The minister will use this consultation to assist you in planning for your wedding and marriage. The number of meetings depends on the minister and the situation. If you are interested in a officiant that is not a minister at First, one of our pastoral staff will still need to be on hand at the service. Unless your wedding is under the auspices of the Society of Friends, we require that your officiant be ordained by a church that regularly meets for worship in a physical space.
How is the music handled?
Organ music for the wedding services is performed by our organist Naphtali Rothrock. Any particular music or accompaniment for outside vocalists needs to be to the organist at least six weeks before the ceremony. You should discuss unusual musical ideas with us months before your wedding.
How do I get a marriage license?
marriage license is obtained at the City Hall in New York State at least two weeks before the ceremony. Contact them for the best times to come by and requirements they have. Bring the license to the rehearsal. Schenectady
Runners – your florist may help you with a runner, but with our long aisle, it may be more trouble than it is worth. They aren’t used as much as they were in muddier times.
Photos – Discrete professional photographers will understand that flash photography is intrusive and that taking pictures in front of the first pew is distracting for a worship service. We also discourage relatives from taking snapshots so that they can pay attention to the event itself rather than the camera.
How do I make a reservation?
The best way to get the ball rolling is to fill out a reservation form from the link at the top of this page. If you don’t hear back from us in a week or so, give us a call. The bride or the groom should call directly. After we ensure that your requested date is open on our calendar, we will require a deposit of $200 to confirm your reservation.
Who is involved?
How much will this cost?
We’re not in it for the money, but weddings take a great deal of time, and require us to limit the use of the facility for other events. If you are not a church member, the total cost including building use, organist and minister’s honorarium, custodial fees and utility costs is $1,000. If you are a church member, the use of the building and the services of the ministers is a part of being a member here. The total fee for members is $300. Receptions are not included in this price, but people don’t have receptions here much anyway. Fees are fully refundable but are due when you make the final confirmation of the date.
If this seems like too much money for you and you are willing to have a small ceremony in the wedding chapel after Sunday morning worship, there is no charge.
Heather Scribner, Church Office................. 377-2201 ext 301
Rev. Bill Levering........................................ 694-6232
Rev. Daniel Carlson .................................. 346-6416
Organist, Avery Tunningley........................357-0718
City Hall............................................ 382-5199 ext. 5303
Order of worship (15-20 minutes)
Call to Worship
Reading (if used)
Exchange of Vows
Exchange of Rings
Unity Candle (if used)
Solo (if used)
Declaration of Marriage
- I ____________ take you ___________ to be my wedded [WIFE - HUSBAND]. And I do promise before God and these witnesses to be your loving and faithful [HUSBAND - WIFE] in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall live.
- _, I take you as my wife/husband, I pledge to share my life openly with you, to speak the truth to you in love; I promise to honor and tenderly care for you, to cherish and encourage your own fulfillment as an individual through all the changes of our lives."