Basic Questions & Answers
Our licensed clergy are happy to perform either of the Rite of Holy Matrimony or a Rite of Holy Union. The first, commonly referred to as “marriage,” is a legal joining of two people to the full extinct recognized by current applicable laws. For those seeking to express a personal or public commitment to one another yet is not legally binding, Metropolitan Community Churches offer a Holy Union. Proof of such a ceremony may be used by couples in support of a domestic partnership or partner benefits. Both are formal yet not rigid ceremonies, faith-based and uplifting, expressing your personal decision to share a life together, celebrated and recognized by God.
The couple may be any two people of least 18 years of age, in a loving relationship, wishing to formally profess their commitment. For Holy Matrimony, a license must be obtained usually from the Marriage Registrar at the local County Administration Building. You do not have to be a California resident but a California Marriage License is required.
There are plenty of options for the location of your ceremony: Our smoke-and-alcohol-free church campus is available, highlighted by beautiful Sanctuary that seats nearly 150 and a comfortable Social Hall ideal for receptions for up to 50 people.
We can provide suggestions of attractive sites that include park, beach, city and country locations. The lovely North Park backyard of a congregant’s craftsman home is available, complete with bar facilities. See photos.
Aside from any legal ramifications, couples gain comfort in taking this step before family and friends and in knowing that their relationship is blessed by God. .
Your ceremony can be scheduled any time, dependent upon the availability of clergy. It is recommended that a couple plan their ceremony at least 3 to 6 months in advance to give proper preparation time, although they may be conducted on shorter notice.