Weddings & Receptions

Westminster’s majestic French Gothic Cathedral is the choice of many couples for their marriage ceremony. At Westminster, a wedding is a beautiful worship celebration where two people unite their lives in God’s presence.  The joyous celebration of this union in our sanctuary is open to all who seriously desire it. We welcome members of our congregation to marry here.  Non-member weddings are part of our ministry and are also welcome!

Inquiries regarding wedding dates and times as well as receptions and other facility usages may be made by calling 626.794.7141 or emailing the Church Administrator at info@wpcpas.org.

If the couple are active members of another church, Westminster welcomes the participation of their preferred clergy; A Hosted Wedding at Westminster is approved by our pastor (with submission of their credentials) and is coordinated by our Wedding Coordinators.

We are happy to take you on a TOUR of our magnificent campus- Please call us to schedule on weekdays (M-F) between 9AM and 4PM with our Church Administrator, or on Sundays by appointment with one of our Wedding Coordinators.

Wedding Ceremony

Our Standard Wedding Fee  is $2500.00 for use of the Sanctuary. In addition, we require an additional Deposit to hold your date of $500  To secure your date, this deposit is required at time of booking and is non-refundable.

For Members of our congregation, our fee includes the following (WPC Wedding):

  • 60 minute rehearsal
  • 3-hour wedding time block
  • Organist
  • Dedicated Coordinator for rehearsal & ceremony
  • Brides Room & Grooms Room
  • Candelabrum and candles
  • Unity Candle
  • “Creating a Life Together” premarital counseling course (required for Members)
  • Custodial services
  • Minster

For Non-Members (couples that wish to celebrate their union at Westminster and are not members of our congregation), all the above are included; counseling is recommended but not required (Hosted Wedding).

  • 60 minute rehearsal
  • 3-hour wedding time block
  • Organist
  • Dedicated Coordinator for rehearsal & ceremony
  • Brides Room & Grooms Room
  • Candelabrum and candles
  • Unity Candle
  • “Creating a Life Together” premarital counseling course (required for Members)
  • Custodial services
  • Your officiant (once approved by our pastor) will work with our Wedding Coordinator to develop the Order of Service.

 

Livestream your Ceremony!

At Westminster, our sanctuary has livestream capability for broadcasting your wedding service live as well as providing a link for access to the recording of your ceremony. Our livestreaming service allows you to include friends and loved ones who are unable to attend.

Multi-Camera Livestream Fee: $250 This fee includes a technician to work the live broadcast and access to the recording only; no editing is included in this fee.

Visit our YouTube Channel to view our weekly livestream of our Sunday Service.

 

 

Wedding Receptions

From an intimate small wedding dinner to a large reception hall, we can accommodate your wedding reception.

Reception Hall Fee: $2,500
Deposit: An additional, non-refundable deposit of $500 is required at time of booking.

Receptions may be booked through the Church Administrator. Inquiries regarding wedding dates and times as well as receptions and other facility usages may be made by calling 626.794.7141 or emailing the Church Administrator at info@wpcpas.org.

 

 

Other Information

Music and Organ
Westminster provides an organist for each wedding service held in the Sanctuary. We have a piano, harpsichord and organ.  The organist usually rehearses with any soloist(s) one hour before the scheduled start of the wedding service.

Other musicians (vocal and/or instrumental) may be incorporated into the wedding service. Participation of other musicians should be arranged in cooperation with the Wedding Coordinator.

Music Selection Policy: The music chosen for a wedding service should have a sacred text or be appropriate for a worship service and must be “live.” (No prerecorded music) Westminster’s Wedding Coordinators can suggest many appropriate musical selections.

 

Wedding Coordinator
Westminster’s Wedding Coordinators assist in the planning and completion of each wedding service.

Beginning with a consultation 4-6 weeks prior to the wedding, coordinators help with a wide variety of details from the planning stages of the service to the rehearsal to the final photographs after the ceremony.

As church staff members, Wedding Coordinators, in consultation with the pastor, represent the “final word” on what is appropriate for Westminster’s sanctuary.

 

Pre-Marital Counseling
Westminster provides a reflective, interactive, and comprehensive course of premarital counseling to all couples to be married at its facility. The five-session course reviews concerns common to most couples entering marriage. For couples who are not members of our congregation, this Pre-Marital Counseling is optional, but recommended.

Professional, caring members of Westminster’s staff lead couples in each of the private 50-minute sessions. Sessions 1 & 5 are held with one of Westminster’s pastors and Sessions 2, 3, & 4 are held with a member of the Westminster Counseling Center staff.

A certificate of completion is provided to each couple at the end of the course.

 

Dressing Rooms

Westminster provides dressing rooms for both the bride and the groom.

The church facilities are available to the wedding party from the beginning of the wedding time block until the start of the service.

Other Guidelines

Guidelines designed for preservation of the facility, maintenance of the service’s dignity, or in accordance with Presbyterian Church regulations include:

  • No use of rice, confetti, or birdseed.
  • No flash photography during the service.
  • Video cameras must be unobtrusive and stationary.
  • Aisle runners are not allowed due to safety/insurance concerns.
  • Wine and champagne are the only alcohol allowed for receptions.
  • For weddings between Thanksgiving and New Year’s our sanctuary is decorated for Christmas.

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