Weddings at GPPC
The commitment to a life-long union is profound and precious. If you are preparing to make this commitment and are interested in being married at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, the following information will help to answer some of the more commonly asked questions. Our full wedding policy is provided here. For more information, contact Roxanne Mucklow at 804-359-5049 or by using our contact form.
Who may be married at GPPC?
It is not necessary to be a member of the congregation, or to be a Presbyterian, to be married here. Nevertheless, a marriage in the church is different from a ceremony that takes place at City Hall or another location. We expect that couples who come here seeking God’s blessing on their relationship will be open to a discussion of the spiritual nature of that relationship and the place of God in their lives.
Additionally, as our welcoming statement affirms, “we welcome into our fellowship all who desire to be part of this community of faith. We affirm all people equally, regardless of social, economic or marital status, race, ability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, or previous religious affiliation. As we are freely loved and accepted by God, we will offer love and acceptance in this congregation.”
GPPC welcomes the love and commitment of any couple who desires to have their relationship honored and blessed in a worship setting. For more information about GPPC’s weddings, contact Carla.
Who may officiate?
The Pastor of GPPC normally officiates at weddings of members or extended family. Non-members must secure their own officiant, who will be subject to review and approval by the Wedding Coordinator. If requested by the couple, GPPC’s Pastor may be able to officiate or the Wedding Coordinator may suggest another pastor to officiate if desired.
Before a date can be placed on the church calendar, couples must review the more detailed church wedding policies and complete an application form.
It is expected that all couples, both members and non-members, will participate in premarital counseling with a pastor.
The Director of Music of GPPC will play the organ or piano for wedding ceremonies if he is available and if the couple desires his services. In the event that the Director of Music is unavailable or the couple would like to invite another musician, the guest musician must consult with the Director of Music.
The couple also will need to meet with the Wedding Coordinator to make arrangements to turn on the sound system in the sanctuary and to supply microphones to the officiant/participants.
If the services of the Director of Music are being used for the wedding, the couple should schedule a conference with the Director of Music, ideally no less than one month prior to the wedding.
The Ginter Park Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall is available for receptions and rehearsal dinners. For seated events, the Fellowship Hall will seat approximately 150, tightly, and 75 – 100 more comfortably. We also have an outside courtyard adjacent to the Fellowship Hall that may be used at the reception or rehearsal dinner. A licensed caterer will be expected to handle arrangements for food and beverage. Service of alcohol at receptions will be subject to normal Commonwealth of Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control rules and regulations. The Wedding Coordinator will arrange for the set up tables and chairs according to the couple’s instructions and take down the table and chairs, emptying trash, and cleaning the room for a designated fee. Any additional work must be arranged in advance – for an additional fee. Extensive cleaning following the reception that may be needed will be charged against the security deposit.
Please call Roxanne Mucklow at (804) 359-5049 or contact her to tour our facilities, obtain current fees, or to ask any other questions.