Planning A Wedding at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church
Weddings should be scheduled no later than 60 days prior to the requested date. Please call the church office at (206) 363-4319 to reserve the date on the parish calendar. There are two meetings required with the rector and three counseling sessions required prior to a wedding.
Prior to any wedding in the Episcopal Church, a minimum of 3 counseling sessions are arranged with the rector, Rev. David Marshall. St. Dunstan’s Church contracts with a Marriage and Family Counselor for these sessions. The couple will be responsible for contacting the counselor and scheduling these sessions. Successful completion of this counseling process is a canonical requirement of the Episcopal Church.
Wedding services are conducted using the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church for the Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage, with the rector officiating. This service may or may not include Holy Eucharist at the discretion of the bride and groom. Participation of other clergy may be discussed with the rector in advance.
There are choices available in the ceremony for Old Testament and New Testament scripture and Gospel readings. These choices include:
- Genesis 1:26-28
- Genesis 2:4-9, 15-24
- Song of Solomon 2:10-13, 8:6-7
- Tobit 8:5b-8
- Corinthians 13:1-13
- Ephesians 3:14-19
- Ephesians 5:1-2, 21-33
- Colossians 3:12-17
- 1 John 4:7-16
- Matthew 5:1-10
- Matthew 5:13-16
- Matthew 7:21, 24-29
- Mark 10:6-9, 13-16
- John 15:9-12
It is appropriate to select friends or family members to read the Old Testament and New Testament lessons. The priest will read the Gospel.
These readings can all be found online at http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearABC/SpecServ/Marriage.html.
A typical wedding consists of prelude music while the guests are being seated, an entrance march, a recessional march, and postlude music while the guests leave the building. Use of a vocalist or soloist is optional and can be inserted into the ceremony at specific points.
Music choices should be reviewed with the music director, and specific hymns from the Episcopal hymnal may be used. Other instruments may be substituted for the use of the organ or piano. Music from other sources may be used at the discretion of the music director.
Altar flowers are to be arranged in two separate vases and are expected for the ceremony. The flowers may be left for the church to use on pastoral calls or for services following the wedding day, or they may also be used at the reception held at the church. Bouquets, boutonnieres, free standing arrangements, affixed floral decorations on pews, or candelabra may be used at the discretion of the bride and groom. For any special arrangements, please call the church office at 206-363-4319.
The main restriction for photography is that no flash photography is permitted during the ceremony. Videos can be made, and any still shots can be done prior to and after the ceremony in the sanctuary or on the grounds (weather permitting). The priest will work with the photographer to assure that the important moments are captured. During the service, photographers are asked not to be visible to the congregation as much as possible, keeping the center aisle and altar areas entirely clear.
There is no charge to parishioners for use of the church sanctuary or grounds, narthex or reception area, kitchen, or rooms for dressing required for the wedding ceremony. Donations to the music director or priest are at the discretion of the family of the parishioner.
There is a charge to any persons who are not members of the parish for the services of the priest, musician, and use of the church sanctuary, grounds, or any other rooms or areas for receptions or dressing, as indicated below:
- Priest: $500
- Musician: $300, plus $50 per hour to rehearse any soloists.
- Sanctuary: $250 per event
- Narthex (reception area): $150 per event
- Kitchen (for caterers): $100 per event
- Rooms w/o piano for dressing: $50 per room
- Janitorial Fee: $50
All fees are subject to change.
For further information or questions, please call the church office at 206-363-4319.