we worship: weddings
The Parish of the Epiphany is available for wedding services for members of the church and their families.
In addition to the wedding ceremony, Epiphany is also pleased to rent our hall space, Hadley Hall, for wedding receptions or other functions associated with your wedding.
All arrangements for your wedding at The Parish of the Epiphany begin with notifying the Rector or officiating minister. It is important for you not to make any further wedding plans until you have talked with him/her about your wedding. It is suggested you schedule an appointment with the officiating minister, to meet one another, to discuss your plans, to discuss and confirm a possible date for your wedding and to ascertain that a projected marriage is in compliance with the Laws of the State and the Canons of the Church and is not contrary to the obvious dictates of common sense.
Assisting and Visiting Clergy
The Rector is always glad to make the facilities of Epiphany available to other Clergy for the conducting of Marriage services. Please make such arrangements with the Rector.
At least one of the persons to be married must have received Holy Baptism. The Episcopal Church accepts the baptism of any Christian tradition which baptizes in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Premarital Counseling with the Clergy
The Canons of the Episcopal Church provide that, prior to marriage, the officiating minister shall meet with the couple for a minimum of four hours, generally meeting for three or four sessions.
Hadley Hall, Epiphany's parish hall, may be used for a reception following the service. Portable ramps are available for wheelchair access to all buildings and the Cloister Garden.
Preparing a Program
The Order of Service generally follows The Celebration and Blessing of A Marriage Service in The Book of Common Prayer. The service should be discussed with the clergy person officiating at the service. Decisions regarding readings, hymns, psalms and other particulars to the service are made at this time. If desired a program will then be made up describing the order of service.
Wedding music is planned by the bride and groom in consultation with our Organist/Music Director, Suzanne McAllister. She is a source for the selection of music and will have many helpful suggestions. The bridal couple may come with requests and/or ideas for specific music, but they should certainly feel no obligation to do so. Holy Matrimony is a service of the church, and the music needs to be appropriate for such an event. If a particular piece would be appropriate for Sunday morning worship, it would be appropriate for a wedding.
The chapel comfortably seats 35 persons and the church can accommodate 400 people.