Weddings at First United Methodist Church

Primary Contact Info & Downloads

  • Wedding Coordinator
    325-655-8981
    hunterfan@suddenlink.net
  • First United Methodist Church
    37 E. Beauregard
    San Angelo, TX 76903
    325-655-8981
    www.firstmethodist.net

WEDDING POLICIES

We are pleased that you have chosen First United Methodist Church of San Angelo for your wedding. The service of Christian marriage in the Church is a worship experience. It is one of the most sacred rites which a pastor performs under the ordination and authority of the Church. Your signed contract for use of First Church is an agreement to respect the sacred nature of the space.

Your wedding day will be one of the most important days of your life. Our pastors, staff, and wedding coordinator have numerous years of experience related to weddings and wish to provide you with every possible assistance. The following guidelines will help ensure that your wedding day is as beautiful and meaningful as possible.

Your First Step

Contact the wedding coordinator to see if your preferred date is available. Church activities have priority on the church calendar. Your chosen dates for rehearsal and wedding will be placed on the church calendar upon completion of the following:

confirmation by the wedding coordinator that your rehearsal and ceremony dates are available.
signing of the FirstChurch-provided contract, by both the bride and the groom.
payment of the reservation deposit.

Member weddings are defined as those in which the bride, groom, their parents or immediate guardians are members of First United Methodist Church of San Angelo for at least one year. All other weddings will be charged with non-member fees. No weddings may be scheduled on weekends of major holidays. These include: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Independence Day. For Labor Day, Halloween, and Memorial Day weekend weddings, all staff fees will be doubled.

Your Key Contact

The wedding coordinator is your guide through the entire wedding process at FirstChurch. She books the event, helps you plan the ceremony details (including securing a FirstChurch pastor should you desire one), prepares the final billing, and answers your questions as you plan. She is the contact person for deliveries, florists, caterers, musicians, and photographers. Her fee is built into the facility use fee and includes:

  • 1 initial meeting to sign contract and gather information
  • 1 90-minute planning meeting the week of the wedding
  • a 1-hour rehearsal
  • a 4-hour block of time for the wedding ceremony
  • 3-4 brief calls or emails as needed.

Should you need additional meetings, you will be billed at the rate of $15.00 per hour.

You are welcome to bring in your own event planner, but the Church wedding coordinator will work with that person and oversee church facilities and policies.

Your Pastor

Your choice of a pastor to officiate your wedding is an important one, as he will help you develop a sacred ceremony that reflects your particular personalities. FirstChurch pastors are:

  • Rev. Scott Bradford, Sr. Pastor
  • Rev. Bryan Rogers, Associate Pastor
  • Rev. Dale Weise, Associate Pastor

Should you wish to use a FirstChurch pastor, the wedding coordinator will schedule one. All FirstChurch pastors require at least one pre-wedding conference, at least 90 days prior to the wedding. You are strongly discouraged from sending invitations until the first conference has been completed. Should you choose to provide a pastor from outside FirstChurch, be sure that person is licensed to perform weddings in the state of Texas and provide the wedding coordinator with complete contact information for that person at least six months before the wedding.

Your Music

The wedding at FirstChurch is a worship service in which a man and a woman unite their lives in the eyes of God and in the company of those dearest to them. The music for their wedding should reflect this Christian intention. All music for weddings must follow the same guidelines as for Sunday morning worship. The music must be scriptural by nature and focused primarily on God, God’s attributes, and giving thanks and praise to God. Love songs between the couple are appropriate at the reception – not at the wedding. Should you wish to provide your own soloist/vocalist, the same standards will apply. Our staff organists, or musicians whom they approve, are the only people who may play the church organ. The grand piano may be played by anyone of your choosing, and string quartets are welcome. You are responsible for engaging and contracting musicians not employed by FUMC. Should you choose to use pre-recorded music, all standards listed above apply, and these recordings need to be done in MP3 format. All music choices should be made a minimum of three months in advance, and all musical selections must be approved by the wedding coordinator and/or the minister of music or his/her assistant.

Communion in the Methodist Church

Communion in the Methodist Church is, by doctrine, an open table. Therefore, any communion offered must be available to the entire body of attending guests. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Photography and Videography

No flash photography is permitted during the ceremony, and all photographers and videographers should be out of sight so that the focus is on the sacred ceremony. This restriction includes being sure that tall camera tripods are placed inconspicuously. The bridal party should cover this policy with all photographers and videographers.

Your Decorations

Both available ceremony facilities at FirstChurch are beautiful and appropriate for weddings. Should you desire to add décor, please note the following policies:

  • No furnishings shall be moved. This includes altar candles, baptismal font, kneeling cushions, and seasonal banners. In December, Christmas greenery, red ribbon and red poinsettias are used. Once these decorations are in place, they are not to be removed until after the first Sunday in January. Please contact the wedding coordinator if you have specific questions about this policy.
  • You may place one arrangement on the center of the altar or two arrangements flanking the altar. A center arrangement may not cover the altar Bible, which stays in place at all times.
  • The Church provides lamp oil for the two candles on the altar. Should you use more candles, they must placed in cups to catch drips and have a vinyl or drip-proof cloth on the floor beneath them.
  • If pew markers are used, there must be adequate protection to ensure that the pews and the floor around them are not damaged. No tacks, pins, nails, tape, or glue may be used to fasten any decoration to the furniture or building.
  • The decorator or bridal party shall call the wedding coordinator to arrange a time for decorating. This time must be within the parameters set by the wedding coordinator and bridal party.
  • Unity candles or sand ceremony elements must be provided by the decorator or bridal party. You should ask the wedding coordinator about available tables for these elements.
  • Use of an aisle runner is discouraged because they are slippery and a potential for liability. If you choose to use an aisle runner, you or your decorator must furnish it and sign a church liability release form.
  • No live petals may be strewn on the floor.
  • All decorations must be removed by the decorator or someone in the bridal party immediately following the ceremony.
  • The decorator and/or renter will be held responsible for any damage done to the building or furniture, and renter will be charged for any excessive clean-up of sanctuary, dressing rooms or reception areas.

Dressing Rooms

The designated dressing room for groom and groomsmen is the library, and for bride and bridesmaids, the parlor. Note the following policies:

  • No furniture may be moved, except for small straight chairs, which should be returned to their proper location before wedding begins.
  • FirstChurch is unfortunately not set up to accommodate hair dressers and make-up booths. Please arrange to have these done off-site, except for last-minute touch-ups.
  • Water only is permitted in dressing rooms. If you wish to provide snacks for the bridal party, you may do so in FirstPlace Café and the choir room. All snacks should be dry and easily cleaned up. Please avoid offering children candy, especially chocolate, which can stain carpet and upholstered furniture.
  • Someone in the bridal party should clean up snacks and dressing rooms before the wedding begins. Dressing rooms should be left as you found them.

Deadlines

6 months before the wedding:

  • Confirm a pastor and schedule counseling. Notify the wedding coordinator of the officiant’s name and complete contact information.

3 months before the wedding:

  • Confirm rehearsal and wedding times. Changes after that time are subject to a $25.00 administrative fee.
  • Arrange for any needed additional time for wedding-day preparations. This time is available at the rate of $ 50.00 per hour and must be arranged at least 3 months in advance.
  • Begin pre-marital counseling with your pastor.
  • Notify the wedding coordinator of all musicians and of your musical selections.

The week of the wedding:

  • Schedule a 90-minute conference with the wedding coordinator to cover all details of the ceremony. If you are using an event planner outside the church, that person should be present at this meeting.

First United Methodist Church of San Angelo is a tobacco-, drug-, weapon- and alcohol-free facility. That ban includes champagne toasts and extends to all church parking lots including the parking garage, sidewalks, and curbs surrounding the church. Thank you for respecting our commitment to this policy.

The party renting and reserving the space is liable for all damages incurred by wedding party, decorator(s), photographer(s), caterer(s), and guests. Your signature on the contract is your agreement to pay for any and all damages to the facility.

Kitchen Use

For receptions, the kitchen should be cleaned and left as found. Operation of the dishwasher and/or other power equipment in the kitchen should be supervised by our custodial staff. We have a limited inventory of dishes that may be rented for on-site use. Consult the wedding coordinator about this.

Nursery Facilities

On-site nursery care is available at the rate of $20.00 per hour, which covers 2 nursery workers. Security policy mandates that a minimum of 2 FUMC-provided workers be present in all nursery settings. Only FirstChurch nursery staff may use the nursery facilities. Arrangements for this need should be made 3 months in advance.

Thank you for choosing First United Methodist Church of San Angelo for your wedding. We want to help make your wedding sacred and memorable. Please contact the wedding coordinator for any questions or needs.

Primary Contact Info & Downloads

  • Candis Hicks
    Wedding Coordinator
    325-763-7387 (cell)
    hunterfan@suddenlink.net
  • First United Methodist Church
    37 E. Beauregard
    San Angelo, TX 76903
    325-655-8981
    www.firstmethodist.net

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