Wedding Guidelines

We are pleased to share in the joyous event of your wedding.

In the Episcopal Church, the rite of marriage is a sacred event.  This requires the use of the Episcopal order of service for the celebration and blessing of a marriage, as printed in the Book of Common Prayer, or the use of a very similar service.

 

St. Andrews is available for weddings from mid-May until mid-October.  The maximum seating capacity is 150 people.  There is not a “permanent” minister on staff, therefore, the wedding couple is responsible for securing their own minister.  The minister must be a duly ordained Christian cleric in order to ensure a Christ-oriented service.  A list of available clergies can be provided if you do not already have a minister who has agreed to officiate at your wedding.
 

 

Points to discuss with your Minister

 

  1. The exact dates and times of both the wedding and the rehearsal

  2. The specifics of the ceremony including the rules of St. Andrews

  3. Musical selections (some clergy allow only sacred or classical music)

  4. Photography, videotaping, and/or recording of the ceremony

  5. License for out-of-state minister: If your minister is from out-of-state, s/he must obtain a one-day license from the State of New Hampshire to perform your wedding. 

    Write or call:
    New Hampshire Secretary of State
    State House, Room 204
    Concord, NH  03301 
    Telephone: (603) 271-3242
     

  6. A donation to your minister of $350+ in advance or at the rehearsal is suggested
     

 

Flowers, Decorations, etc.

Because of the diminutive proportions and beauty of the chapel, experience dictates that “less is more” in planning your decorations. 

  1. Maximum of one flower arrangement on each side of the cross, which may not exceed 30 inches in height, in deference to the height of the cross

  2. Flower arrangements must be in watertight containers, provided by the bride or the florist, and delivered within the specified time for which the church has been reserved

  3. No candles or flowers are allowed on the altar linens

  4. The baptismal font shall not be decorated in any way

  5. Tape or tacks may not be used to secure bows or florals on the pews

  6. No tents, equipment, or other structures allowed inside or on the church grounds

  7. Interior furnishings may not be rearranged

  8. Runners may not be used in the aisle

  9. Nothing (rice, birdseed, paper, rose petals (silk or other), bubbles, butterflies, etc) is to be thrown, scattered or released on the Church premises, both inside and out

  10. Any décor (floral, balloons, etc.) must be removed from the chapel, grounds, and streets immediately following the wedding. Please be sure to appoint someone to be responsible for this task.

 

Music

You are responsible for securing your own musicians.  Below are local organists we recommend:

Savannah Curro
Chapel Organist

spmcurro@gmail.com

 

Barbara Flocco
weddings@hotmail.com
603-770-4709 cell/text

Mary Hamlin Spencer
603-772-2943

 

Susan Armstrong
sea7@tds.net

603-875-7147
603-496-2595

Restroom Facilities

There is only one unisex restroom available in the chapel.  Please encourage your wedding party and guests to plan accordingly prior to arriving at the church.

 

Adhering to Scheduled Time

To ensure your wedding party and guests arrive on time at the rehearsal and wedding, we strongly recommend you provide a map or precise directions to the church.  Be aware traffic in the summer months can be heavy.

 

REHEARSAL The bridal party has access to the church grounds for ½ hour before and 1 hour after the scheduled rehearsal time.

 

WEDDING:  The bridal party has access to the church 1 hour before and 2 hours after the scheduled wedding time. Due to lighting limitations, weddings and rehearsals may not start after 5 PM.

If you need to change the time of the rehearsal or wedding, you must contact our Wedding Coordinator at 603-394-7847 for approval.

 

Chapel visits

Visits may be arranged through our Wedding Coordinator.

 

Wedding Volunteer

A member of the St. Andrews Wedding Volunteer Committee will call you in advance of your wedding to review your wedding details and answer any questions about St. Andrews that you may have.  She will then be on hand at your rehearsal and wedding to help ensure that they run smoothly.