This information is provided for your convenience if you are considering choosing First United Church Mount Pearl as the location for your wedding.
This is a very special day in your life, as you make your marriage covenant before God and family and friends. A marriage covenant is intended to join you for life in a relationship so intimate and personal that it will change your whole being. As a congregation and staff we are happy to help you make this day as special as it ought to be.
The following guidelines and fee structures were developed by the First United Board of Management.
- Adequate Notice
- Minister’s Right to Refuse To Marry
- Invited Clergy
- The Wedding Ceremony
- The Marriage License
- Church Music
- Church Decorations
- Wedding Bulletins
- Fee Structure
- Further Information
1. Adequate Notice
To allow time for pre-marital counselling, and other adequate preparation, the church requires that all weddings be booked at least two months in advance of the wedding date. The wedding can be tentatively booked by calling the church office administrator. However, all wedding dates must be confirmed after the couple has received the marriage policy and have agreed to its guidelines and fees. The dates for each wedding must also be approved by the clergy before the wedding is officially booked.
- The couple is to call the church office to book the ceremony
- The couple is given the wedding policy agreement
- The minister approves the wedding date
- Upon receipt of the signed marriage policy agreement the couple will be notified of confirmation of booking.
2. Minister’s Right to Refuse To Marry
The minister of First United Church shall be responsible to perform all weddings. In a case where a conflict in schedules arises the minister will arrange for a substitute in his/her absence.
The minister reserves the right to refuse to marry any couple for reasons of professional ethics, serious incompatibility of the couple, or failure of the couple to agree to the guidelines established by First United. The minister also has the right to require couples to take part in a pre-marriage counselling course if she/he deems it necessary.
The law also requires that the officiating minister refuse to marry a couple when there is suspicion of intoxication by way of alcohol and/or other drugs.
3. Invited Clergy
The church recognizes that you may have a clergy person that has had a special influence in your life. We are happy to include that person. However, the decision to invite the guest clergy must first be cleared by the minister at First United. The couple is to present the name to the minister in the first interview and the minister will be the person to extend the invitation.
4. The Wedding Ceremony
The minister shall conduct only the wedding liturgies that are in keeping with the approved liturgies of The United Church of Canada.
Although we appreciate that pets are like members of the family, they are not permitted in the church.
5. The Marriage License
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador requires that you must have a marriage license in order to be married in this province. This license is valid for one month only, and must be obtained at least eight working days before the marriage. The church requires that the license be delivered to the church office at least four working days before the marriage.
6. Church Music
Here at First United Church, we have a professional organist on staff. The organist shall have the first right of refusal for all weddings. If the organist on staff is unavailable to play at your wedding then she/he is responsible to arrange a substitute.
While we understand that you may have a musician in your life who is special to you and you may want to have that person included in the wedding, it is the policy of our church that the person being requested be cleared (before invitation) by the organist as having the gifts and skills to operate the equipment.
The church organist fee is still payable even if another musician has been approved to play at the service.
Music and instrumental selections are to be coordinated with the organist on staff.
7. Church Decorations
We are not responsible for any decorations being placed in the church for weddings. The couple is welcome to have a decorator come to the church or decorate the church themselves. However, the appointment to have decorations placed in the church must be booked with the office administrator and must happen at regular business hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. In the case where there are two weddings happening the same day, the second wedding must make arrangements with the caretaker to book a time for decorating the church in between the two weddings.
Each wedding party must make arrangements to have the decorations taken out of the church directly after the wedding (staff will not wait around for someone to come back later in the day).
Please note: no confetti or rice (bubbles are acceptable), and we also allow the dropping of rose petals at the entrance of the bridal party. If this guideline is not adhered to, there will be an extra cost to you for the cleaning of the carpets.
8. Wedding Bulletins
The minister will assist the couple with the wording of the church bulletins.
The couple is responsible for purchasing and producing the bulletins for use at the wedding. Wedding bulletins can be purchased at:
United Church Bookstore, 320 Elizabeth Ave, St John’s
9. Fee Structures
| Total (not including donation
for use of the church or additional
* Donation for Use of Church: While there are no mandated fees for the use of the church, a free-will offering/donation to offset extra costs incurred by the church would be greatly appreciated.
* Additional fees apply if additional rehearsals are required. If there is a soloist with whom the organist must meet, there is an extra charge of $25.00 to be paid to the organist on staff.
All fees are to be placed in separately marked envelopes and paid at the church office when you drop off your marriage license. If paying by cheque, cheques are to be made payable to the appropriate staff person. The Office Administrator will be able to provide you with that information.
For weddings outside of the church
Many times people request offsite weddings. There are no United Church policies preventing such weddings and it is entirely up to the clergyperson on staff if they will perform these services. The fee for off-site weddings is $150.00, payable to the minister. However, any additional expenses incurred, will be the responsibility of the couple (i.e. travel, accommodations, etc.)
10. Further Information
For further information regarding our wedding policy or process, please contact the Church office.
For marriage license information or other government information concerning marriages, please visit the following website: www.servicenl.gov.nl.ca/birth/index.html