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. Our
consultants know the preferred “rules” of what can and cannot be done at many
of the area’s churches and can help guide the bride’s planning process. The most important rule 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
first order of the day.
Typically, a church will not allow permanently attached
furniture to be moved. 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 or 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 such as candles and aisle runners
should be submitted well in advance and are subject to approval of the priest,
minister or rabbi. Many churches are
requiring that decorations be kept to a minimum so as not to detract from the
dignity of the sanctuary. Numerous churches have a wedding coordinator with whom
the bride will need to work with. This
coordinator will be a good source of what’s possible and what isn’t.
Many churches ask that photographs may not be taken during
the ceremony. Also, 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 as a sign of respect towards them as well as helping you avoid
damages or fines. Getting to
know the church coordinator or officiating celebrant well in advance of the
ceremony is to everyone’s advantage.