YOUR WEDDING AT ST. ANDREW LUTHERAN CHURCH
Congratulations on your engagement! We are honored that you are considering having us at Saint Andrew Lutheran Church help you plan your special day and prepare for your life together.
The marriage service is a service of worship. When two people wish to begin their marriage with a church wedding, they are asking the church to bless their marriage. Therefore, any wedding that takes place at St. Andrew must reflect our church’s beliefs.
Marriage is a social contract involving commitments that two people make to each other. You – not the pastor – perform the marriage yourselves with the promises that you make. The pastor is the principal witness to your action and the person who, on behalf of the church, asks God’s blessing and support for you.
As you plan this service, we hope these materials will help guide you so that your wedding day will be a joyous act of worship. By attending to details in a timely and thoughtful manner now, you and your guests will be able to focus on celebrating your union in the presence of God on the day you are married.
As you move through this planning process, do so carefully and prayerfully. Remember that marriage is a rite of the church, “intended for the joy and mutual strength of those who enter it and for the well-being of the whole human family.” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, ELW) The most important thing about your wedding day is not the flowers, the clothes, the pictures, or the party. The most important thing is worshipping God, the Creator and giver of all things who makes the party possible! Our sincere hope is that you will put far more energy into preparing for your marriage than for the single day of this wedding.
This booklet will provide an overview of what a wedding service at St. Andrew involves. If you have not submitted a Marriage Request form and have questions about information in this booklet, feel free to contact our parish administrator at 615-794-1624. We want your wedding to be a joyful occasion, and we are here to support you as you prepare.