Wedding & Marriage
Pastor's letter to couples considering a wedding at Christ Church.
Marriage 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, and this includes same sex couples.
Planning a Wedding - This pdf is in Spanish and English.
Planeando una Boda - Este documento esta escrita en Espanol y Ingles.
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 hope each couple who get married at Christ Church to be active in our congregation and fellowship. (We realize that will not not be possible for some couples.) 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 the 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.
Wedding Application Link
If you are engaged and planning to get married at Christ Church, please call us at 956.242.0448 to check on the date and quickly fill out the wedding application online. (Same if you are already married and want a blessing of a marriage.)
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 do not charge a fee but we expect that you will consider the pastor, staff, and custodians time and give a generous donation.
2) When can we decorate the church? Can we throw rice or birdseed?
When you can get in to decorate depends upon the other events on the church calendar. Rice and birdseed are a "no".
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. Fill out and submit the online Wedding Application before meeting with the pastor.
4) We are already married, but would like a blessing of our marriage? We recognize civil marriages as valid, but are more than happy to do a church blessing. We use the same service as we do for a wedding. Talk with the pastor to work out the dates and details. We do ask that you fill out the Wedding Application before meeting with the pastor.
Please download our wedding guide for detailed information.