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THE HISTORIC COMMUNITY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
OF MANITOU SPRINGS, COLORADO

A United Church of Christ

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POLICIES & GUIDELINES FOR CHURCH WEDDINGS

The following guidelines and procedures are required at all weddings performed in this church.

OFFICIANT:  The minister of this church presides at all wedding services.  Couples need to make an appointment with the minister at least two months before their wedding for counseling and a review of the ceremony.  All couples are required to attend at least one of our Sunday morning church services that begin at 10 a.m., enabling them to experience the grace and beauty of God's presence in this sacred place.

MUSIC:  The church organist performs music for all weddings.  Pre-recordmusic is not permitted.  All music will reflect the spirit of Christian worship and be approved by the organist.  Couples will consult with the organist at least two months in advance of the wedding ceremony.  If a vocal or instrumental soloist is involved, a special rehearsal at the church will be scheduled at the discretion of the church organist. Soloists are expected to have their music well-prepared.  A maximum one hour rehearsal will be required for each additional special piece of music at a fee of $25.

REHEARSAL: Rehearsal usually take place on the afternoon or evening before the wedding, unless ceremony is very small.  The minister, organist and wedding director will be there to assist you.  The wedding party should all be present and on time.  Please be respectful of the sacredness of the church and wear proper attire to  the rehearsal.

SEATING:  The sanctuary seats approximately 140 people.  Additional seating for 15 is available under the north balcony.  Parking is located behind the church, and on Pawnee Avenue.  Persons with disabilities may park in the Church Office driveway to the south of the sanctuary.

PHOTOGRAPHS:  This church respects the sacredness of God's presence during the wedding service.  Photographs are therefore NOT permitted during the actual ceremony.  Pictures may be taken immediately afterwards, in concert with the minister and your photographer.  Any photographs taken before the ceremony must be completed 20 minutes before the wedding is to begin.  

DECORATIONS:  Plans for flowers or other decorations must be discussed with the minister and wedding director before final arrangements are made with a florist.  Decorations must be simple and tasteful.  No aisle runners please.  If you have a flower girl and want her to toss petals, please be sure they are silk flowers (real flower petals stain the carpet immediately when stepped on).  No flowers may be placed upon the pulpit, piano or organ.  Flower stands are available for your use.

RECEIVING LINES:  No receiving lines will take place at the church.  It is proper etiquette to greet your guests at the place of your wedding reception.

SMOKING & ALCOHOL:  All areas of the church (inside and outside) are smoke free.  Use of any tobacco products or alcohol on the premises is strictly forbidden.  Please make sure your guest understand these rules and are respectful of them.

MARRIAGE LICENSE:  A valid Colorado marriage license must be obtained prior to the wedding.  Please bring the license to your wedding rehearsal.

LEGAL NOTICE:

Users will indemnify the church and save it harmless from any and all claims, liability and expense in connection with loss of life, personal injury and/or damage to property arising from or out of any occurrence in, upon or at the church premises, arising out of the use thereof, or occasioned wholly or in part by any act or omission of some third party.

Attorney's Fees and Costs:  In case the church shall be made a party to any litigation commenced by or against the church, then user shall pay all costs, expenses and reasonable attorney fees incurred or paid by the church in connection with such litigation.  User shall also pay all costs, expenses and reasonable attorney fees that may be incurred or paid by the church in enforcing any of the rules or agreements in this agreement.