We are pleased that you want to celebrate your marriage in St. John’s Church. We welcome the opportunity of supporting you in your commitment to each other, and hope that your wedding at St. John’s Church will strengthen an already existing relationship with the St. John’s Church community, or that it will be the beginning of a longer-term friendship with this congregation. If you are not regularly worshipping with us, we invite you to do so. Our Sunday services are at 8:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage from the Book of Common Prayer is a service of worship. Marriage celebrations conform to the rubrics, canons and customary liturgical practices that help to shape all of our worship. Each congregation has guidelines and requirements that help express the reverence, solemnity and joy of these celebrations. There are also practical rules and regulations that reflect the limitations of space and that respect the need for volunteer and professional staff support for such occasions. The guidelines, which follow, are designed, to maintain the dignity of the service and help us all work together to make the ceremony a positive and uplifting experience for all.
Schedule of Wedding Fees
The cost of a wedding in St. John’s Church is $950 for parishioners and includes the following:
- Pre-marital counseling with a licensed professional counselor
- Two police officers for traffic control during the service
- An organist at the service
- A sexton at the service
- A printed service program for the service
- Members of the wedding guild at the rehearsal and at the service
- A gift to the church
- Certain administrative costs
Not included above is the cost of flowers used in the church.
Other expenses may include the cost of additional musicians and an additional fee for the organist when extra rehearsal or planning time is involved.
Payment of all fees is expected no later than two weeks prior to the date of the wedding.
The marriage license should also be brought to the parish offices one week prior to the wedding.
- As a general rule, one of the parties must be a member of St. John’s Church or a member of a family that is a member.
- One of the parties must be baptized.
- By canon at least thirty days’ notice must be given before the date of the marriage, however, at St. John’s Church, six months notice is required.
- Pre-marital instruction takes place with the priest and with a licensed counselor.
- A license from the State of Florida must be obtained.
- If one of the parties has been divorced, the Bishop must consent to the solemnization of the marriage.
- Marriages are not solemnized on Sundays or on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, or New Year’s Day.
- Contact the parish offices to clear the date for the ceremony and make an appointment with the Rector.
- Contact Joan Lochridge of the Altar Guild at 813.286.2208 regarding flowers and other plans.
- Contact Simon Morley, organist & choirmaster, at 813.397.1012 regarding music.
- The organist and choirmaster is responsible for all music at weddings.
- The organist for all weddings is the organist of St. John’s Church or one of the assistant organists.
- The music for the service reflects the character of the music normally used at worship.
- Additional musicians may be engaged and the choir may participate if desired and if they are available.
- When the date of the ceremony is placed on the calendar, the organist will be notified. The couple should arrange for an appointment with the organist as early as possible.
- Flowers may be placed at the altar. They may be purchased from and arranged by the florist, or purchased by and arranged by a member of the Altar Guild.
- Certain size and height limits apply, so the details need to be worked out with Joan Lochridge of the Altar Guild. Call her at 813.286.2208.
- Flowers remain at the altar after the service for use on Sunday, and are later taken to the sick and home bound.
- Decorations and flowers may be used in the nave with the express consent and approval of the Rector and Altar Guild.
Photographs and Videotaping
- During the ceremony a one time exposure photo may be taken, and one flash photo as the couple processes down the aisle at the end of the service.
- Photos may be taken after the ceremony for a period of thirty minutes. Photographs may also be taken before the service.
- Photographers are not to go behind the altar rail or rearrange furniture.
- Photographers are to consult with the officiant and Altar Guild member before the service.
- Videotaping is permitted using a camera placed at the baptismal font using natural light. Floodlights, roving cameras, or cameras placed in other locations, are not allowed.
- Battery operated video cameras are preferred because of the location of electrical outlets.
- Members of the congregation are not permitted to take flash photographs during the ceremony. The couple is to advise family and friends of this policy.
- Weddings may be scheduled no earlier than 11:00 a.m. and no later than 6:30 p.m.
- The bride and her attendants may dress at the church in the Lowry Room.
- There are no facilities for the groom and his attendants to dress at the church. Once at the church they may wait in the nursery near the back entrance to the nave of the church.
- Alcoholic beverages are not to be brought to the church or to be consumed before the rehearsal or the marriage service.
- Throwing of rice, birdseed, or confetti is not permitted either inside or outside of the church.
- Flowers or flower petals may not be scattered in the church.
- Aisle runners are not used at St. John’s Church.
- Two off-duty police officers must be employed to supervise traffic and parking. Arrangements for this are made through the parish offices.
- It is expected that the service will begin on time. Altar Guild volunteers will assist with the seating of family members and with the procession to keep to the schedule.
- Participants in the ceremony and others should not gather informally in the church before the ceremony. Children should be under adult supervision both at the rehearsal and at the wedding.