The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony
A valid Marriage License from the Danbury City Hall, or from the city or town where the marriage is to take place, is required.
The Parish Director of Music Ministry usually plays for all weddings; music for the ceremony must be decided upon in consultation with the organist and the clergy.
Organist: $250. There will be an additional fee if the organist is required to meet with the couple beforehand or for rehearsals with soloists or other musicians. There will also be an additional fee if the organist must acquire and learn music not usually within the marriage repertoire. This should be discussed with the organist well before the wedding.
For regular pledgers of the Church, there is no fee for the use of the church nor is any fee due to the clergy. Gifts of appreciation may be made at the couple’s discretion.
For those couples who are not pledging members, there is a requested donation of $250 for the use of the Church and $300 to the clergy performing the ceremony.
February 22, 2017
"The Parish of Saint James' ministers to all people in the name of Jesus Christ"
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Christian marriage is an extraordinary gift of God, in which a couple are called to live in the saving grace of Christ, enriched, guided, and sustained by the Holy Spirit, in communion with the community of the Church. The celebration and blessing of such a marriage is usually held in the church or the chapel. At least one of the couple being married must be a baptized Christian and a regular attender at Worship here at St. James’ for at least six months prior to the wedding.
Couples contemplating marriage should consult promptly with the clergy to arrange a date for the ceremony and to allow time for premarital counseling and instruction. A minimum of 30 days’ notice must be given prior to a wedding. For those who have been divorced, 90 days’ notice must be given, as permission of a bishop is required. For those divorced more than twice, a written letter of recommendation for this marriage is needed from a mental healthcare professional.
Under no circumstances should the Episcopal Church be a “place of convenience” for a couple to avoid the marriage standards, requirements, or prohibitions of their own denomination.
The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is open to all who can legally marry in the State of Connecticut with the above expectations inclusive of all.
Arrangements of flowers should be coordinated with the Altar Guild.
PHOTOGRAPHY IS NOT ALLOWED DURING THE CEREMONY.
Ample time will be given following the Service for pictures. Video recordings should be discussed with the clergy prior to the wedding rehearsal and may not intrude upon the ceremony.
The use of “runners” or the throwing of rice or any material following the ceremony is NOT permitted.
The Sexton’s fee is $75.
Approximately four weeks before the ceremony, the Church will send a detailed listing of all fees associated with the wedding. One check can be made out to the Church for the total amount. It is expected that all fees will be received two weeks prior to the ceremony. If any of these fees are prohibitive, please speak with the Rector.