We celebrate weddings for couples of all orientations who are in committed relationships. Couples need not be members of First†Metropolitan United Church, but should desire a spiritual marriage ceremony in which God’s blessing upon the commitment of the partners is sought. If you do not regularly attend worship, we suggest that you attend a Sunday service prior to your wedding so that you are comfortable with a church service. Couples must apply for a provincial marriage license and bring this to the church office at least a week before the wedding.
The church can provide a chapel seating up to 50, a sanctuary seating up to 700 and reception space in the Doreene McLeod Room or the Fellowship Hall. Together with the Minister(s), you can plan this special day so that it reflects what you wish to express in your wedding ceremony.
While there are some portions of the ceremony that are required due to legal reasons, there is considerable flexibility to choose music, prayers and readings that reflect your special love and commitment for one another. You may also request the assistance of the music director, who can suggest suitable music for the processional, at the signing of the register and for the recessional. We are open to inter-church and inter-faith weddings in which someone from another faith community shares in officiating.
In order to allow time for the required pre-marriage counseling and to ensure the availability of the church, please contact the Church office at least six months in advance of the desired date of the wedding.
Depending on the size and formality of the wedding, either the chapel or the Sanctuary may be booked. In some circumstances, Ministers may perform weddings in other locations chosen by the bridal couple. In addition to the actual service, the church may also provide facilities for a wedding reception. Fees apply for the use of space, the services of Minister, Pianist, and custodians, and for the use of reception spaces. Please ask for these details.
Rehearsals are usually held the Thursday or Friday before your wedding and last no more than an hour. Decorations including pew bows and flowers may be discussed with the Minister and put in place during the hour prior to the wedding ceremony. Confetti and rice are not permitted as they are too difficult to clean up. Photographs may be taken during the processional, the signing of documents and the recessional. Videotaping is permitted from a fixed position in the Sanctuary to be arranged prior to the ceremony.