Wedding & Marriage
A short message from Fr. Paul Frey about weddings
It is the first recorded sacrament in the Bible. God gave the man, Adam, and the woman, Eve, to one another at the beginning of Creation. As a church we affirm the goodness of marriage, and want to support couples in their decision to get married.
Membership at Christ Church.
Our marriage preparation process is designed to help you become part of Christ Church and to strengthen your relationship with God and to serve the world in Christ's name.We believe it is important for you to have the fellowship and support of a church community; therefore we desire and expect each couple who get married at Christ Church to be active in our congregation and fellowship. It you are not already involved in the life of our parish, we invite you to join us for worship on Sundays and other weekly gatherings, and to introduce yourself to pastor and others.
We use Prepare Enrich as the primary basis for pre-marriage preparation. Once you fill out the application, we will get you started on that process. Our PDF "Planning a wedding" is being updated, but still contains lots of helpful info. Finally please read the letter below to all couples.
Wedding Application Link
A letter from Fr. Paul Frey to couples planning to marry.
If you are engaged and planning to get married at Christ Church, please call us at 956-723-5714 to check on the date and quickly fill out the wedding application online.
Please give us at least 3 months notice to make sure we have time to complete the pre-marriage process!
Second Marriages: We know that sometimes marriages fail. If you are seeking information about marriage following a divorce, please contact the pastor for more information. The process is similar, but involves a couple of additional steps and requires that the pastor get permission from the Bishop to perform the wedding.
Details, Details, Details: We have lots of experience with pre-marriage preparation, wedding programs, photographers, flowers, and much more. Contact us for more detailed information about what we allow and don't allow, suggestions and more.
Decorating the Church - Please see the flower guidelines
The Wedding Service: We always use the service from the Book of Common Prayer. If we do a bilingual wedding we print the service in Spanish and English in the program. To see the English Marriage service click here. (Remember to scroll down the page to get to the service itself). For the Spanish Service click here.
Help for married people: In addition we at Christ Church take seriously the need to help couples be faithful to their marriage vows. All marriages have times of difficulty. In such times, please don't hesitate to contact the pastor. We have access to many resources to help you heal and grow in your marriage relationship. To see some of the internet resources immediately available click the link below.
Married Couples - Click here for Marriage Support Resources
1. How much does it cost to get married at Christ Church?
We do not ask for a fee from members. However we do let members know that the average cost of a wedding at Christ Church including utilities, programs, pastor, secretary, and custodian time. etc. in 2018 averaged out to $700 for a rehearsal and wedding ceremony.
For non members of Christ Church we ask a fee. Check with the pastor about the fee amount. We require that you arrange for event insurance. Please get us a copy of your event insurance policy that covers us and the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas as one of your "Rental Facilities" . There are numerous companies offering this service such as: wedsure.com Your own insurance company may have a policy that will cover you for the rehearsal and wedding. This protects you and your guests.
2. When can we decorate the church? Can we throw rice or birdseed?
When you can get in depends upon the other events on the church calendar. Rice and birdseed are a "no". That answer and others can be found in the Planning a Wedding booklet you can look at online.
3. What is the first step?
We HIGHLY recommend that you call the church and ask to talk with the pastor about getting married as soon as possible. And fill out and submit the online Wedding Application before meeting with the pastor.