Weddings

For more information on weddings at Faith Presbyterian, please contact Wedding Coordinator Deborah Mahrt at 832-265-4160.

Weddings are occasions of both joy and reverence—joy because of the gifts of love and happiness that the bride and groom have found in each other, and reverence because of the deep commitment they have made to live out their vows under the grace of God. We are eager to help make your wedding a lovely and meaningful event and ask that you carefully consider the following guidelines. The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA) says the following about marriage and weddings in the church:

  • Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well being of the entire human family. Marriage is a civil contract between a woman and a man. For Christians, marriage is a covenant through which a man and a woman offer vows before God to live out together their lives of discipleship. In a service of Christian marriage, a lifelong commitment is made by a woman and a man to each other, publicly witnessed and acknowledged by the community of faith.
  • The Christian marriage ceremony is a service of worship before God, normally conducted within the church. Dignity will be expected on the part of all present, and the service shall be under the sole direction of the presiding minister.

Considerations in Reserving the Church

Weddings normally are held on Saturday. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, no weddings will be scheduled for that day.

Members who wish to be married at Faith Presbyterian Church may reserve a wedding date after they have been on the active membership roll of Faith Presbyterian Church for at least three months. To select the date and time for the wedding, contact the wedding coordinator by calling the church at 281-422-2938.

Non-member couples may reserve a date up to but not more than seven months in advance, subject to the availability of dates.

Faith Presbyterian Church provides a wedding coordinator to oversee the arrangements and details of the wedding service. Once the wedding date is confirmed, an appointment with the coordinator is required to discuss wedding guidelines. Questions about arrangements, minister, music, fees, and use of the facilities will be discussed at this conference. The wedding coordinator will work with the minister in charge of the wedding. A nonrefundable deposit is required at the time a wedding date is reserved. Final payment and any additional fees must be paid eight weeks prior to the wedding day.

The Officiating Pastor 

The Pastor is always present at weddings held in the church. Please know that his or her schedule may limit the minister’s participation to the rehearsal and the service, and therefore he or she may not be able to attend the rehearsal dinner or reception.

The presiding minister has primary responsibility for the order and conduct of the wedding service. Other clergy may participate at the invitation of the presiding minister. If you wish to include an assisting minister, please make your request to the wedding coordinator and the presiding minister.

The Service

A wedding at Faith Presbyterian Church is an act of worship. Thus, the wedding service will be conducted according to the liturgy found in the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship and the guidelines established by the Worship and Spiritual Formation Committee of the Session of Faith Presbyterian Church. It is appropriate for the service to include special music, hymns, Scripture readings, and a brief homily by the minister. The officiating clergy will review the order of service and appropriate options with the couple.

Music

Because the wedding service is an act of worship, music is provided by musicians of Faith Presbyterian Church. The couple should contact the organist, who will assist them in choosing appropriate music for their service.

Photography

In keeping with the atmosphere of worship, only the professional photographer hired for the wedding may take photographs during the service. No photographs can be taken during prayers. Only the professional photographer may take flash photographs, and these are limited to the escorting of the grandmothers and mothers, the procession of the bridesmaids, the bridal procession, and the time after the benediction at the end of the service. The photographer must remain as inconspicuous as possible at all times. "Set ups" for formal photographs with screens for backdrops, etc., be not permitted.

Ushers are to inform guests that photographs and videos may not be taken once the guests have entered the church.

The service can be videotaped.  Faith Presbyterian Church provides a videographer.

Decorations

Excessive decoration for wedding ceremonies is discouraged. At certain times of the year the sanctuary is adorned with seasonal decorations. These remain in place during weddings. Of course, floral arrangements can be placed in the sanctuary during wedding services.

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