How many guests can your church accommodate?
Main floor: 339
TOTAL GUESTS: 442
How many pews are in your church?
There are 15 pews on each side of the nave.
How long is the aisle in your church?
The aisle is approximately 60 feet long.
Can we be married at St Marks even if we are not Lutheran?
May I have my wedding at St. Mark’s if I am not a member?
Can our Pastor perform the wedding?
St. Mark’s clergy preside at all weddings. Visiting clergy of other Christian churches may assist in the wedding ceremony at the invitation of the St. Mark’s Pastor.
Do you require pre-wedding counseling?
Yes, pre-wedding counseling is required of all couples. The purpose is to review together the Christian understanding of marriage as a permanent covenant of fidelity, and to discuss issues pertinent to the couple’s relationship. Couples may seek pre-wedding counseling with clergy of their home church or with the St. Mark’s pastor officiating their ceremony. A $35 fee for materials and resources may apply.
Can we reduce the cost if we provide our own musician and/or Coordinator?
St. Mark’s wedding fees are fixed. The use of your own musicians and/or coordinator should be discussed with St. Mark’s Director of Music and/or Wedding Coordinator respectively.
What type of music may we have?
Only sacred music is allowed in the Sanctuary.
What kind of decorations may we have?
Usually, flowers are the main decorations along with ribbons, bows and or tulle. Tape, staples, tacks and any other items that might damage the pews may not be used.
Do you provide an aisle runner?
Aisle runners are not allowed at St. Marks as they are a tripping hazard for the wedding party.
How early can the florist access the church?
The florist may access the church one hour before the ceremony. St. Mark’s Wedding Coordinator should be contacted if the florist’s schedule requires earlier set up.
Can you recommend a florist, a photographer, a caterer?
We have a list of preferred vendors and are more than happy to give them to you upon request.
Are there any rules about photography and videotaping in the sanctuary?
No flash photography is allowed during the ceremony as it is very distracting. Photographers and videographers may set up in the balcony and/or the nave for taking pictures and video during the service. However, they are not allowed on the chancel during the ceremony. See the Wedding Handbook for the complete photography policy.
We respectfully request that you include a small note in your program letting your guests know that they are not to use flash photography during the ceremony.
Can we do our rehearsal on a day or days earlier than the day before the wedding?
It is possible to schedule your rehearsal for other days. Please speak with our Events Administrator about your preferred rehearsal date.
Why does using Heritage Hall for our reception cost additional money?
There are additional costs to the church for clean-up and staff.
May same-gender and trans-gender couples be married at St. Mark’s?
Absolutely! St. Mark’s is an open and affirming congregation and has been blessing same sex unions since the early 1980s. We are delighted with the recent ruling of the courts which have made same gender marriage legal in the United States.