A few months before the wedding, the minister will ask the couple to come in for a discussion about marriage. This is not marriage counseling, as much as it is a way for the minister to become acquainted with the couple so they can write a service to reflect the couple’s identity.
The minister will also ask questions to encourage the couple to think deeply about the meaning of the commitment they are making. Questions can include: how the couple met; religious affiliation and background, if any; what the family of origin is like—siblings, parents, childhood; strengths and weaknesses of the relationship; hopes and dreams; how anger and finances are handled.
The minister will also go over the order of service, and decisions about readings, vows, etc. are made. Usually this takes at least a few hours, and sometimes a couple will come in more than once to finalize plans.
As anyone can see from the pictures, Center Church is a beautiful space for a wedding. But it is more than a beautiful space; it is a house of worship, where, since 1638, people have been gathering to hear and ponder God’s Word and to celebrate and mark the joys and sorrows of life. A wedding is certainly a great joy, and those who marry at Center Church become part of a long history.
For more information or to get the process started, please contact us.