The congregation and staff of Celebration Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach extend to you our warmest congratulations and best wishes for your wedding. The wedding ceremony is a time for commitment, love, and emotion. It should be considered a high and holy time of worship and reverence as well as excitement. We rejoice that you are considering using our place of worship for your wedding.
These policies are designed to promote the sanctity of the ceremony while providing logistical understandings in making your wedding a special and meaningful time. It is the responsibility of the bride and groom to become familiar with these guidelines and see that the wedding party, florist, caterer, photographer, and musicians observe them.
You are welcome to ask our minister to perform your wedding if s/he is available. You may also choose someone not affiliated with Celebration Presbyterian Church. However, this person must be an ordained minister and approved by the Church Pastor.
It is strongly recommended by the Pastor that an engaged couple participate in at least three sessions of premarital counseling either by our pastor or another person of your choosing. We will also be glad to recommend someone to perform these sessions.
You must have already purchased a marriage license to be signed by yourselves and the officiant on the wedding day. Please bring the marriage license to the rehearsal. The wedding will not be performed without it.
Coordination of the Rehearsal and Wedding
Your wedding coordinator must work with the pastor and a representative of the Church. The Church representative will act as a liaison between the engaged couple and the Church in the following ways:
- Oversee the wedding rehearsal (usually scheduled for the night prior to the wedding). The bride, groom, the parents/family, the attendants, the ushers, and the musicians must be present. The officiant’s presence is optional. Allow for approximately one hour for the wedding rehearsal.
- Provide information to bride/groom regarding church facilities, policies, and options for wedding set-up.
- Oversee wedding reception if held at the church. (Celebration Presbyterian Church does not offer reception equipment or catering services but will allow the use of the building if you choose to have the reception on site.) No smoking is allowed in the building. Alcohol is also prohibited in or around the building.
If your wedding requires the use of the church sound system, the church will secure the sound technician. The sound technician will be available at the rehearsal to run through the songs with the musicians and set the volume levels for the wedding ceremony. (Please do not use any of the audio/visual equipment without permission.)
Contact the Celebration Church Office Administrator to check the availability of the church. Weddings will not be scheduled more than 18 months in advance (12 months in advance for non-members). No weddings will be scheduled before 10:00 a.m. Church related activities will have first priority. Your wedding date and rehearsal date must be approved with regard to the schedule of the church ministries and programs. Upon approval of wedding date, half of all fees and the $200.00 refundable damage deposit must be paid (see member and non-member fees). When these fees have been paid and the Wedding Application received, the wedding will be placed on the church calendar. The remaining balance is due no later than two weeks prior to the wedding.
Wedding Cancellation Policy
If the wedding is cancelled 60 days or more prior to the wedding date, the $200.00 Damage Deposit and all but $200.00 of the wedding fees will be refunded; otherwise there is no refund. Please note: if the wedding is canceled within 60 days of the wedding for any reason, there will be no refund.
- It is the responsibility of the bride and groom to familiarize the members of the wedding party with the policies pertinent to their conduct during the rehearsal, wedding ceremony, and reception. A church wedding is a WORSHIP service and all members of the wedding party should conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the place of worship.
- Church furnishings may only be moved under the supervision of Celebration’s Wedding Coordinator.
- No tacks, screws, nails, scotch tape, etc may be used on the walls, furnishings, or floor.
- Food and drink are only allowed under the authority and supervision of the Wedding Coordinator. You are responsible for all clean up. Smoking and alcoholic beverages are not allowed anywhere in the facility. Any guest or participant who, in the judgment of the Wedding Coordinator, appears intoxicated will be asked to leave immediately.
- Only dripless taper candles or pillar candles may be used. When using candles, a drop cloth must be used to protect the building and carpet from candle wax and moisture.
- Photography is acceptable during the ceremony. Photographers are asked to use extreme caution while standing on chairs to make pictures.
- All rooms used by the bridal party must be returned to the condition in which they were found.
- No rice, confetti, or birdseed is allowed to be thrown inside or outside the church. We recommend bubbles or rose petals.
- No cell phones are to be brought into the Church for the service.
The wedding ceremony is a worship service—a Christian testimony of two Christians being united in Christ. All music should be approved by a Church Representative (Church Music Director or Minister). The sound system is available for use. A contact with our church music director must be made in planning the music for the wedding service. If a guest musician is desired, permission must be secured from the church music director or minister.
All agreement forms will be due no later than two weeks prior to the wedding. It is the couple’s responsibility to contact the florist, caterer, and photographer and inform them of the Church’s wedding policies.