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Wedding Guidelines

Congratulations on your Engagement. The Pastors and people of Christ Church are happy to assist you in planning for your wedding. If you are not a member, we welcome you into our congregation. You will be in our prayers. To assist you in your preparations, please review the following guidelines.

Scheduling / Preparation
Weddings will be scheduled by the Pastors Greg Pagh after consultation with the couple. You will be asked to complete and return a Wedding Information Sheet with a non-refundable deposit to reserve a specific date for your wedding.

Pre-Marriage Counseling

Four Pre-marriage counseling sessions will be scheduled and conducted by the Pastor who will be officiating your wedding.   These pre-marriage counseling sessions focus on:

  • Getting acquainted and sharing personal histories; discussion of Christian marriage and related passages from the Bible; and initial discussion of wedding plans.
  • Prepare Marriage Inventory. It takes one hour to complete this marriage relationship survey. It takes two sessions with the Pastor to review and discuss its results.
  • Discussion of Marriage Vows, Wedding Ceremony, and final planning.

Rehearsal and Wedding
Rehearsal will generally be scheduled the evening prior to the wedding at a mutually agreed upon time, usually 6 PM.
If you desire the Pastor and spouse to attend a rehearsal dinner or your wedding reception, and for example, to offer a prayer at either of these celebrations, please send them an invitation and make these requests known in advance.

The Service
The Pastor will work with the marriage couple to prepare the wedding ceremony and has final right of approval over its various elements.  All music should be appropriate for a Christian Worship Service and is also subject to final approval of the Pastor.

Use and Care of the Building

  • The seating capacity of the Christ Church worship center is approximately 350. At the present time our fellowship hall is not available for wedding receptions.
  • Wedding parties will work with the Pastor and Wedding Coordinator to ensure the proper use of the church facilities.
  • A sound technician is provided during the wedding.
  • Decorating is the responsibility of the wedding party. Please check with the coordinator before using tape or tacks. Birdseed may be used outside the building only. (No other confetti, please.)
  • No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the church premises (inside or outside).
  • No smoking is allowed inside the church building. Please direct smokers to dispose of cigarettes in the container provided near the entrance.
  • The cost of any damage to the property will be assumed by the bride and groom/wedding party. A check for the applicable fees as listed is required two weeks prior to the wedding date.

Wedding Fee:  $900.00
This fee covers the use of Christ Church’s facilities for the rehearsal and wedding, honorariums for the Pastor and Wedding Coordinator, Custodian, Sound Technician, the Prepare Marriage Inventory, Wedding Bulletins and Counseling Sessions.

Off-site Wedding Fee:  $600.00

This fee covers the honorarium for the Pastor, Prepare Marriage Inventory, Wedding Bulletins and Counseling Sessions.

Use of Facilities Only Wedding Fee:  $1,200.00

Christ Church does not normally make our facilities available for weddings that are not connected to our congregation or community due to the heavy demands of our own ministry and program schedule.  Inquires will be received and considered on an individual basis.  This fee does not include Pre-Marriage Counseling, Wedding Bulletins or the services of a Christ Church Pastor.

Deposit:  $250.00

Once it is determined that a requested wedding date is available, a non-refundable deposit is required to save the date. This will be applied to the total fee.

The fee represents 5-10% of the cost of most weddings today and should be considered an important part of the investment you are making in your future life together.

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Christ Church
Christ Church
15849 90th St. NE Otsego, MN 55330
(763) 441-5097
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