Where love is, God is found.
We are delighted that you are interested in being married.
The Bible teaches us to regard marriage as sacred. Our book of worship summarizes Scriptural teaching this way: “Marriage is a gift of God and a means of his grace. It is a way of life that all should reverence, and none should lightly undertake.”
The church should be contacted as soon as a date for the wedding has been set. We prefer to plan at least nine months to a year ahead.
Once you have reserved your wedding, the priest will contact you to arrange an introductory meeting. At that meeting, we will take your information, discuss your plans, direct you to a marriage preparation course, discuss the fees and donation, and answer questions.
We usually meet with couples at least 3 times to discuss your plans and plan the ceremony together. In addition, each couple takes a Marriage Preparation course.
Please call Katharine, our Parish Administrator 905-477-1991 or email her: firstname.lastname@example.org. She will be glad to send you the application forms.
Can we rent the Church and provide our own minister and service?
This is possible, and is decided on a case by case basis. The priest at St. Philip’s must first contact your minister for discussion regarding the use of our facility.
What about music?
Our Minister of Music has the right of first refusal to play at weddings and to coordinate the music. The couple will usually contact her or her replacement to discuss music for the wedding. If the couple requests, outside musicians may by invited to play after consultation with our organist.
What about Church Decorations?
As part of our service to you, the flowers in the sanctuary for the coming Sunday are coordinated with you as much as possible. You are welcome to bring in additional flower arrangements and pew decorations at your expense. These belong to you and are to be removed following the service.
Is there a policy about photographs and video?
Photographs and video are a welcome way to preserve special memories of your wedding. We must ask you, however, to remind your photographer to speak with the minister before the service when some simple guidelines will be given that respect our sacred space and the dignity of the service. The church is quite bright so we ask that no flash pictures be taken during the actual ceremony. Guests may take all the photos they want during the Processional, Recessional, and the Signing of the Registers.