Questions to ask about your Ceremony Site
Submitted by Beverly Clark Beverly Clark Planner
Before making a commitment to a particular place of worship, set up an appointment to discuss the following:
- If proof of divorce or special permission from the church needed when remarrying?
- What are the fees for the church or synagogue? And how much time does that allow us?
- Is a small chapel available for smaller ceremonies?
- Are there any restrictions regarding ceremony attire, such as bare shoulders or yarmulkes?
- How many people will the church or synagogue hold?
- Is there a hall or social room available for a reception? If so, is there an additional fee? If you plan to serve alcoholic beverages or wine, be sure to inquire about the policies.
- Will they supply tables, chairs, linens, china, and silver?
- May rice, birdseed, or rose petals be thrown?
- Are there accommodations for wheelchairs?
- Is an aisle runner, huppah, candelabra, or kneeling cushion available, if needed?
- May the wording of the religious ceremony be changed at all?
- Are there facilities for the bridal party to get dressed in?
- Are there any restrictions regarding flowers or candles?
- What are the rules regarding photography inside the place of worship?
- Are there music restrictions that interfere with music or songs you may want?
- Do you need approval for special vows you may want to incorporate?
- Are there restrictions regarding the day of the week, or the time the ceremony can take place? What about religious holidays?
- What are the policies on interfaith marriages? Can you combine two religious ceremonies, or have both clergymen officiate jointly?
- Can you have the caterer of your choice?