A Special Message from Father Mac
Congratulations on your engagement!! Thank you for your inquiry into the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony here at Grace Church. I couldn’t be happier for you, and I consider it both a blessing and a privilege to be working alongside you as you prepare for your big day. I do feel that the Sanctuary of Grace Church, with her stonewalls, vaulted ceiling, and beautiful stained glass, and offers a near perfect venue to begin your new life together.
While there are a myriad of details to attend to in planning for a wedding, it is the ceremony itself that will be the focus of our concern here at the Church. Much of the conversation we will be having will be about the flow of the service, the music, the readings, the exchange of vows and rings, prayers, etc. As a starting point, I would refer you to the Book of Common Prayer, the entirety of which can be found online. On page 423 you will see the “Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage. ” Again, this is a starting point, a document to work off of. One of the things I most enjoy is some creativity in preparing the ceremony. The more thought that you as a couple put into the ceremony itself, the more closely it will reflect your feelings about marriage to those you have invited to attend. The ceremony, therefore, is something that we craft together.
In the opening sentences of the ceremony we read, “Therefore marriage in not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.” This brings to mind the whole subject of pre-marital preparation, both psychological and spiritual. Again, there is no ’one size fits all’ formula here. This is a course we map out together given the constraints of geography and our work schedules. I do love getting to meet with couples on several occasions not only to plan the ceremony but also to hear their stories and discuss what marriage means to them. The relationship we build will enhance the intimacy of the ceremony itself.
To begin the process of getting married here at Grace Church, your first step is to get in touch with me to discuss available dates and set up an introductory meeting. We’ll go from there. Again, congratulations! And may God richly bless you as you continue on this very exciting pilgrimage to your wedding day.
Information about Weddings at Grace Church
The music for the service is in consultation with and is ultimately at the discretion of, the Organist, as a wedding in the church is primarily a worship service. Because of the sacred nature the Marriage Rite, music within the sacred repertoire is most appropriate. Repertoire outside this scope might better serve as part of the reception.
Photography and Video
In general, we work to maintain a joyful and worshipful atmosphere in the wedding service. Professional photographers understand and respect the sacred nature of the building and ceremony. Videography is permitted under the same guidelines and respect.
Flowers and Decorations
Due to the beauty and magnificence of the Grace Church sanctuary, only two floral arrangements are permitted on the two re-tables behind the altar (please no window boxes or pew flowers).
We have a lovely reception area, Newton Hall. The Hall will accommodate your guests if an on site reception is of interest. Costs for use of Newton Hall are negotiated separately and can be requested while planning with the Officiating Priest.
Cost of Weddings at Grace is $2500.
(This includes Ceremony, Organist Fee, Church Wedding Coordinator, and Celebrant)
(This does not include flowers, photography, vocalists or reception Hall)
The church comfortably holds about 250 guests.
For more information Contact:
Officiating Priest: Fr. William McIlmoyl, 707-963-4157
Wedding coordinator: Martha Dameron, 415-710-2135
Facilities Manager: Helen Christianson, 707-963-4157
Organist: David Auerbach