Our purpose is to provide a warm welcome to all who get married at Chapelwood and facilitate their wedding rehearsal and ceremony in a friendly, organized, and helpful manner.
Congratulations! We are ready to help you prepare for an exciting and memorable wedding. The Christian marriage ceremony is a sacred occasion when a man and a woman declare before God, family, and friends their desire to be united by the Church in a new relationship. It is one of the most important rites performed by ministers under the ordination and authority of the Church. The ministers, Wedding Guild, and staff of Chapelwood wish to extend their assistance to you to ensure that your wedding will be a meaningful experience.
Please read the following policies carefully and cooperate fully in upholding the high standards of Chapelwood. The Sanctuary and Chapel are available for weddings subject to prior schedules and limitations. The seating capacity is 990 on the lower level of the Sanctuary, with an additional 167 seats in the balcony. The Chapel seats 270.
Wedding Policy and Procedures
Reservations must be made through the Wedding Director, Toni Meason. She is the liaison between the church and the bridal party. She will schedule the date and time for your rehearsal and wedding, confirm the minister's availability, and collect the appropriate fees. She will also answer any and all questions regarding your ceremony. She will assign members from our Wedding Guild who will contact you four weeks prior to your wedding to go over details of your wedding. They will conduct your rehearsal and facilitate the ceremony. Outside wedding coordinators are welcome and will need to work in conjunction with Chapelwood's Guild. Weddings are performed on Saturdays. Rehearsals are on the Friday prior to the wedding. The Chapel, Sanctuary, and related dressing rooms are reserved two hours prior to and one hour after the ceremomy. Holidays and related weekends during which weddings will not be scheduled are Palm Sunday weekend, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving weekend, and the week of Christmas and New Year's.
A parent, grandparent, or either the bride or groom must be a member to receive member benefits when scheduling a wedding. Non-member weddings will be confirmed six months prior to the wedding. Church member weddings will be confirmed upon receipt of the deposit. The couple may request a specific Chapelwood minister and their request will be honored if possible. An assignment is not final until the minister agrees to officiate.
Marrying at Chapelwood does not automatically make you a member. Please let us know if you are interested in joining.
The fees include services of the organist, the Wedding Director and Guild representatives, use of the facility, custodial staff, sound support, and rehearsal and dressing rooms. Soloists, and bell or choir groups require separate fees. The deposit is one-half of the fee and is non-refundable. Weddings will be scheduled and the date and time confirmed by Chapelwood upon receipt of the deposit. The deposit will be deducted from the total wedding cost. The balance is due at the rehearsal.
- Sanctuary (seats 990) - member: $1,900
- Sanctuary (seats 990) - non-member: $2,900
- Chapel (seats 270) - member: $1,150
- Chapel (seats 270) - non-member: $1,900
- Soloist (optional): $150+
- Bell choir (optional): $350
- Chancel Choir (optional): $500
The minister officiating at your wedding will meet with you before the ceremony to conduct planning and premarital counseling. The bride and groom must arrange for the counseling with the minister performing their ceremony by contacting him or her directly to schedule dates and times. Each minister may require a different number of counseling sessions and use testing materials. They also reserve the right not to officiate at a wedding subject to the counseling sessions. The required number of appointments with the minister performing your ceremony should be scheduled within 90 days of the wedding date. No minister at Chapelwood will perform a ceremony unless counseling has been completed.
Chapelwood clergy must officiate at all ceremonies in which ordained clergy of other denominations participate. United Methodist clergy from other churches may officiate without the assistance of Chapelwood clergy. A suggested honorarium for our ministers is $400.
Premarital preparation is offered to couples being married at Chapelwood and is strongly encouraged by the ministers. To register or for information, contact Donna Lowe, assistant director, Marriage ministry; listed on the Wedding Contacts page of the Guide.
The bride and groom should encourage all members of the wedding party to be prompt for the rehearsal and the wedding. This should include parents, grandparents, ushers, houseparty, ringbearers, flower girls, and Scripture readers. The Wedding Guild will be in charge of the rehearsal. It will require approximately one hour. The marriage license must be delivered to the Guild at the rehearsal. No minister can officiate at a wedding unless the marriage license is in his possession.
The focus of the wedding ceremony is worship. The music used in the service must support worship, be sacred in theme and content, and be in keeping with scripture and teachings of the church. A consultation must be held with Cameron Cody, organist, well in advance of the ceremony to discuss musical selections. Any other special musical needs should be discussed at the consultation with the organist. All musical decisions are set at the discretion of the organist.
The bride must consult with the Wedding Director before deciding on any decorations for the ceremony. The paraments, including All Saints banners, hanging in the Sanctuary and Chapel are changed according to the Christian seasons. These worship symbols are part of the facility. No decoration may hide from clear view the worship symbols in the chancel, such as the cross, the Bible, and altar table. The altar flowers may be left for the Sunday morning worship services. A statement acknowledging the gift of the flowers can be included in the worship bulletin if proper notice is given at least one month before the wedding to Pamela Moore, Flower Coordinator. All decorations and equipment must be promptly removed following the ceremony. The florist will be held responsible for any damage done to the building or furniture and for cleaning any wax from the carpet or furniture that may have resulted from the wedding.
If the wedding dress and/or bridesmaids' dresses are to be delivered to the church, it is the responsibility of the bride to advise the Wedding Director exactly when the dresses are to be delivered. The building supervisor will receive and sign for the dress. Every reasonable effort will be made to assist the wedding party with protecting such property. However, Chapelwood will not be responsible for any personal items brought to the church for use in the wedding. All personal items should be removed from the Bride's Room immediately after the wedding.
The wedding ceremony is a worship service. Photography and videotaping is permitted, observing the policies set forth in this brochure. Pictures may be taken before or after the ceremony in any part of the Sanctuary or Chapel. The ceremony begins with the organ prelude and ends with the recessional. Absolutely no flash photography is permitted during the ceremony. The wedding party may re-assemble at the altar after the ceremony and re-pose for any portion of the ceremony. Any pictures that are to include the minister should be taken before or immediately after the ceremony.
Video cameras are permitted in the balcony and at a fixed location determined by the Wedding Director and the videographer. Specific procedures for videotaping of the ceremony must be discussed in advance with the Wedding Director. It is the bride's responsibility to review all the instructions with her videographer and photographer.
To respect the spiritual atmosphere of a church wedding, please advise your friends and relatives not to take flash photographs during the ceremony.
Drugs and alcohol are strictly prohibited at the rehearsal as well as the wedding, and anywhere on the campus of Chapelwood. Smoking is permitted in the designated areas outside the facility. No wedding will be conducted when any member of the wedding party is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or if it is brought onto church property. Violation of this policy terminates the contract and all fees are non-refundable.
Chapelwood's wedding director is Toni Meason. You can reach her at (713) 354-4436 or email@example.com. Refer to the Wedding Contacts page for contact numbers and email addresses of other Chapelwood staff who are available to assist you with any needs concerning your wedding.
And . . . a Helpful Checklist
- Return application and deposit check to guarantee your date.
- Make appointment with the minister.
- Contact the organist.
- Arrange for bulletin dedication for your flowers.
- Meet with a Wedding Guild representative four weeks prior to the ceremony to plan the rehearsal.
- Get marriage license. (The license must be issued a minimum of 72 hours before the ceremony and the ceremony must occur within 30 days of issue.)
- Bring honorarium for the minister, any balance due the church, and your marriage license to the rehearsal and give them to the Wedding Guild representative.