It’s your special day and we’re here to help!

We can do as little or as much as you need to make the day go smoothly. Our beautiful facilities along the Indian River provide a lovely setting for pre- and post-wedding photos, as well as a memorable location for the wedding itself.

Wedding Coordinator

Eastminster provides a wedding coordinator to integrate the services of the pastor, organist, soloists, musicians, florist, photographers, and the custodial staff.

Please contact her to secure a date on the church calendar. At the rehearsal and at the wedding, the coordinator will instruct the ushers, facilitate the entry of the bridal party, and assist in any way possible. You may contact  Melissa Priest mpriest@epcfl.org (Scheduling/Booking).

Wedding Fees

 

Please contact our Church Business Administrator for an updated copy of wedding fees. mtoms@epcfl.org

A $100 deposit is required to reserve a date and time for a wedding.

The total fees are due within thirty days of making the reservation.

If the fees are not received, the date is released.

Rehearsals

weddings-rehearsels-2The rehearsal should begin promptly at the time scheduled. The rehearsal requires approximately one hour. The minister and Wedding Coordinator is in charge of the rehearsal. All persons involved in the wedding, including both sets of parents, are encouraged to be present for the rehearsal. The ushers should participate in the rehearsal. When you arrive for the rehearsal, please be prepared to provide information as to: Who will light the candles? Who will seat the mothers? How many family pews shall be reserved?

Marriage License

The marriage license must be delivered to the wedding coordinator at the rehearsal. Licenses are obtained from the Melbourne Courthouse,
Clerk’s Office, 51 S. Nieman Ave, Melbourne.

They are valid only if obtained no more than sixty days in advance of the wedding and not less than 72 hours.

Availability and Reservations

Eastminster is not available for weddings on Palm Sunday, Easter or Christmas weekends. Weddings scheduled in these seasons must make arrangements so that wedding decorations blend in with and not displace those present in the sanctuary and fellowship hall.

Saturday weddings, because of our 6 pm Saturday worship service, need to be completed by 5:00 p.m. this includes pictures., which means the latest wedding would be at 4:00 p.m. No receptions can be held Saturday evenings.

Included in the wedding fee is the use of the Parlor and Chapel for two hours prior to the wedding.

Music

weddings-musicWedding music should be appropriate for worship. The wedding coordinator will contact our church music director/organist well ahead of the wedding date to arrange for an appointment to select music. The purpose of music in a church wedding is to glorify God. Wedding music need not be solemn – it may be joyful and lively, or soft and meditative. During the appointment to choose music with the bride and/or groom, the music director/organist will also be glad to suggest solo selections and secure soloists, if requested. All music associated with the wedding must be approved by the music/director organist. If there is organ music only our church organists are able play for all weddings. If our organist is unable to play for the wedding, he will obtain a suitable organist and brief him/her on the music for the ceremony.

Florist

weddings-florist-flowersFlowers and decorations should enhance the wedding ceremony and be appropriate to the worship setting. Flowers and Candelabra may be used in the chancel area or on the pews; however, we ask that they comply with the following guidelines:

1. Candelabra may be used. However, they are to be used in the chancel only and only with drip-less candles. The church can supply these candles for $25.

2. Florist/decorators must not use thumbtacks, pins, nails, scotch tape, glue, etc., on any of the furniture or appointments.

3. Furnishings that are moved shall be replaced after the wedding. Liturgical furnishings may not be removed without the pastor’s permission.

The florist/decorator should call the wedding coordinator one week in advance of the wedding to set a time for decorating the church, so that arrangements can be made for opening the sanctuary. Decorations should be completed at least one hour before the wedding ceremony.

The florist/decorator must remove all decorations and equipment promptly after the ceremony and replace any furnishings that have been moved.

The florist/decorator will be held responsible for all damage done to the building or furniture and is responsible for cleaning any wax from carpet or furniture that may result from the wedding.

The members of the wedding party are responsible for removing all clothing, boxes, etc., after the service.

No rice, birdseed, confetti, real or silk flowers, or any other substance may be thrown on Eastminster’ premises.

Photographer

weddings-photographyPictures may be taken before or after the service in any part of the building. No flash pictures may be taken in the sanctuary from the beginning of the processional to the end of the recessional.

(Pictures may be taken from the balcony or narthex during the ceremony, provided no flash or accessory lighting is used.)

The service may be videotaped from the balcony.