The marriage ordinarily takes place in a special service, which focuses upon marriage as a gift of God and as an expression of the Christian life. Music suitable for the marriage service directs attention to God and expresses the faith of the church. (The Book of Order W-4.9003/4.9005)
The Presbyterian Church clearly sets forth its position on the marriage service as a joyful, reverent, and dignified celebration of worship. The music used should express this joy, reverence, and dignity, and should possess a level of musical integrity consistent with that of other worship services of the church. Instrumental or vocal music must be appropriate for a Sunday worship service at First Presbyterian Church. Only texts of vocal music which are consistent with sacred or Christian themes are appropriate for the wedding service. Secular and pop music are appropriate for the wedding reception. Amplified or recorded music will not be used for wedding services.
A Wedding Guide book and Wedding Application is available from the Church Office.
The Director of Music/Organist oversees the music and normally plays for all services in the church, including weddings. Other organists may be used only with prior approval of the Director of Music. When the wedding date is confirmed and no later than two months before the wedding, the bride and groom shall contact the Director of Music/Organist to arrange a meeting at which he/she will assist the couple with selecting music for the ceremony.
Other musicians, instrumentalists, and singers must be approved by the Director of Music before being engaged to perform, and must work in consultation with the Director of Music to plan, select, and prepare music for the wedding ceremony.