Weddings

Effective May. 2018 Central United church has become an Affirming Ministry.
Our Affirm Wedding statement says: “Couples may be married regardless of race, creed, colour, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.”

Congratulations on your decision to be married. We welcome the opportunity to share this special day with you. Through your desire to be married, you are acknowledging your desire to form a relationship with each other. Since you choose to be married in a church, we ask you to consider how God will be a part of your marriage relationship.
Although we do not require couples to be members or adherents within our church, we warmly invite you to take part in our congregational life.

Minister Presiding
Central United Church is currently served by a team ministry. You will have an opportunity to meet with the available minister who will be presiding at your ceremony prior to the wedding. If you wish to be married by anyone other than our current minister, this request must be relayed at the time of your booking. All requests must be considered by the ministers, in consultation with the Worship Committee.

Your Meeting with the Minister
You will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the minister, who will go over the wedding ceremony with you to help you understand the significance of the event. Please feel free to ask any questions during this time together. You will be asked about the size of the wedding party, rehearsal details, music, and decorating. You will also be required to provide the necessary information to complete both our church and Vital Statistics’ documentation.

The Wedding Ceremony
The wedding ceremony is reverent, dignified and also joyous. It is a Service of Worship, which includes readings from the Holy Scriptures, poetry, sacred readings, music and prayer. You will be encouraged to participate in the planning of your wedding ceremony.

Rehearsals
Rehearsals are held in the late afternoon prior to your wedding. We try to schedule the rehearsal before food and fun activities begin. One hour is scheduled for the rehearsal and we ask that you please be punctual.

Wedding Music
If you are planning to use the services of our church organist, you must advise the office at least two months prior to the wedding regarding your selections. Should the organist not have your selected pieces of music, it will be your responsibility to provide a copyrighted sheet music to the office at least one month prior to your wedding. Please keep in mind that all musical selections must be appropriate for a church setting and the minister reserves the right to make this decision.
Should you desire your own accompanist to play the Cassavant pipe organ, this musician must meet in advance with our church organist. If a soloist is planned, a rehearsal must be scheduled, if possible, within one month of the wedding to allow the organist time to practice. Should you request the use of the church piano or other instruments, physical movement of such is to be done only by the church caretaker. If you request music recordings to be played at the wedding service, you must bring the recordings to the rehearsal to be played by the sound technician.

Decorating
Decorating the Sanctuary is welcomed, however please be conscious of the Christian symbols (i.e. communion table, cross, etc.) which may not be moved or covered. Flowers should be delivered no later than one hour before the service begins. It is suggested that the following be brought to rehearsal: guest book, pew bows (to be applied with elastics), decorations, candles, programs, etc. Please label them as we may have more than one wedding that day. We do not supply unity candles; however, you may use our candelabras (including the candles). For safety and environmental reasons, we do not allow confetti, bubbles, bird seed, etc. inside or outside the church. Please have a person designated to gather your decorations, flowers, guest book, etc. immediately following the service.

Parking
Parking at the front of the church is reserved for the wedding party. We have a small lot to the south of the church building. As well, should it be available, you will have the use of the Brockie-Donovan Funeral Home parking lot across the street.

Photography
Photographs may be taken in the Sanctuary during the following times: prior to the service, during the processional, signing of the register, and recessional. Video cameras are permitted with the understanding that the equipment is set up in advance of the ceremony and that it be as inconspicuous as possible. If possible, we ask that the photographer and/or videographer attend the rehearsal. Following the service, if time permits, wedding parties may do photographs in the Sanctuary. We are able to livestream your service for you. You will also receive a link to watch the service again. Please contact the office for more information.

Fees
To book the church for a wedding, please contact the Office at 204-727-0577 or Contact@BrandonChurch.ca

Marriage Licenses
You must obtain a marriage license before you can be married in Manitoba. This may be obtained from our church or at other designated locations in the Province of Manitoba for a fee of $100.00. The license should be delivered to the church at least one week prior to the wedding where it will be secured in our safe until your wedding service.

Special Instructions
By Manitoba law, the wedding cannot be performed if either of the couple and/or witnesses appear to be under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering substances.
Please be on time for both your rehearsal and wedding ceremony as it may be very difficult to accommodate with the many outside groups who use our church facility.

We hope the above information is useful and will answer many of the questions you have about your wedding. We extend our best wishes to you and pray that God will bless you both with a very happy and fulfilling life together.