How elaborate does it have to be?
Some couples wish to have a very minimal and brief ceremony; others elect to include attendants, family, special readings and music. All are equal in stature. Each ceremony is uniquely planned to fit the couple.
Are there costs for a ceremony?
A ceremony should be a quality occasion to reflect its importance and requiring careful planning with the assistance of a professional staff. Therefore, there is a fee for performing a Wedding or Holy Union. These fees are also applicable to a couple wishing a ceremony to renew their vows.
We are only planning a small, private, simple ceremony. Are there any reduced fees?
Since the church and clergy’s involvement is the same for a large or small ceremony, the fees are the same regardless of size. Active members do receive a discount on the use of the church facility itself.
What about enhancements?
Flowers, photography, invitations, ushers, or any reception are the responsibility of the couple. We can gladly offer ideas and information on resources to assist you. We can also provide talented musicians or soloists for a ceremony.
How soon in advance should we be in touch?
We suggest that couples contact us within at least 3 to 6 months in advance to give proper preparation time, although we may sometimes be able to accommodate a tighter timeframe. Contact us to inquire.
We don't want to get married legally, but we would like our relationship to be recognized in a more formal way. Is there anything you can do?
For those seeking to express a personal or public commitment to one another but are not looking to enter into a legally binding contract, 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.