Weddings at Westminster:
The purpose of a church wedding is to acknowledge marriage as a gracious gift from God and to celebrate with joy and gratitude the acceptance of this gift.Christian weddings affirm life together as a couple as well as responsible participation in the wider structures of family and human society. Thus it is appropriate that family and friends are invited to share in the bride's and groom's commitment, celebration and happiness.
The wedding service itself, in all aspects including music and decoration, is an act of worship. Primary focus is to be on God's blessing of the covenant being made.
Who can be married at Westminster?
In order to schedule a wedding at Westminster, one of the participants must be a "member."
For wedding purposes "members" are defined as:
- Those currently on the church's active or affiliate membership rolls
- Children, grandchildren, or parents of active members
- Staff of the church and their children.
The one exception for non-member weddings is when either the bride or the groom is an active member of another Dayton area Presbyterian church that is too small for the anticipated wedding guests. In this situation, the member's pastor should call the pastor of Westminster with the details of the request.
What is the first step?
All arrangements for weddings are made through the pastor’s Executive Assistant, Cathy Shilt, who may be reached by phone (937-223-7285) during normal church business hours (8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.). The first step (before commitments for receptions, etc.) is to reserve a date and time for the wedding on the church calendar. While you are on the phone, request the booklet, Your Wedding at Westminster.
The booklet will guide you through holding your wedding at Westminster.