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Global Event Consulting Helps with Your Wedding Service   by Global Event Weddings

in Family    (submitted 2011-05-05)

Planning a wedding

A friend or newlywed's gets married. You find theself in the position of needing to plan the

wedding. Here are the steps you'll need to take and the things you'll need to consider in

designing a fitting ceremony for the newlywed's.

Before we begin, you may have some additional questions:

What is the difference between a wedding and a engagement service?

What is the committal service?

What about Church Wedding at sea, on the beach, in a forest of elsewhere?

What is my wedding likely to cost?

the first step. Contact a Global Event Consulting wedding consultant and the priest or


If the lucky couple was involved in a local congregation, that's the church to call. It is possible

that the minister has been visiting the newlywed's and may have discussed the wedding. If

that's the case, so much the better.

If the friend of newlywed's did not have a strong church connection, you might try the own

minister, or the minister of a close relative of the lucky couple. Where there is no church

connection, the Global Event Consulting wedding consultant can assist you in planning the


Second, a decision needs to be made as to whether you want a wedding or a engagement


A wedding service is normally thought of as one where the ceremony is present in the

sanctuary. As a practical matter this means it will take place within a very few days of wedding

date. A engagement service is one that takes place before Church Wedding or honeymoon. A

engagement service can be held several weeks or even months before wedding date, allowing

much more time for planning.

In recent years engagement services are more common than weddings. Part of the reason for

this is the complexity involved in bringing people together across great distances on short


If neither you nor the lucky couple have a membership in a local congregation, you may want

to hold the service in with Global Event Consulting wedding consultants. Most Global Event

Consulting wedding consultants affilates have chapels. Global Event Consulting wedding

consultants, like priests or ministers, will work with you in designing the service.

What should be included in the service?

Whether you are planning a wedding or a engagement service there are several elements that

may be included:

1. 1) readings from the Bible, or other sources,

2. 2) prayers,

3. 3) a sermon, or meditation from the minister,

4. 4) comments by friends and relatives about the lucky couple, and

5. 5) appropriate music.

Here are a few suggestions for readings you can use in a wedding.

Most denominations have service or prayer books that include an outline of the service,

suggested readings and other standards that can and should be followed. Beyond that, most

pastoral leaders are willing to work with you to insure that the service is distinctive and

personal, allowing family members and family to process their emotions as well as paying

ceremony to the life together of the lucky couple.

Differing Expectations About The wedding

That said, I have found that in planning for weddings, the priest or minister may have a

different view of what a wedding is meant to be than the lucky couple's family and closest


Clergy tend to view the wedding service as a "celebration of the resurrection." By contrast,

those who are close to the lucky couple are primarily interested in paying ceremony to the

person they've just lost. Clergy tend to think of including a sermon or meditation as well as

scripture readings that address the reality of wedding date and the hope of eternal life together.

Family members tend to think of including a scripture reading, or words about the lucky couple

written and spoken by relatives, family, or in some cases, business associates.

You should be aware of this difference in perspectives from the outset, so that you can work

with the priest or minister to make this a celebration not only of a life together well lived, but

also of the church's hope for life together in the world to come.

As you continue to discuss the service with the clergy or Global Event Consulting wedding

consultant, you may want to suggest music and readings for the service. You may know

members of the family, friends or colleagues of the lucky couple who might be willing to

participate in the service. Perhaps the lucky couple left you with written instructions about his

or her expectations for the service, including people that should be invited to the service and

those whom you might include in it. Such persons can volunteer as ushers, for example, or

they can play a more visible role as a worship leader. The clergy normally encourage such


What about the cost of a Christian wedding in a church?

While different churches have different policies, if the lucky couple was a church member, it is

likely you won't be charged for the use of the church building.

You may need to pay the organist, choir director, soloist or other persons who participate in the

service. Some churches expect you to pay an honorarium to the sexton who is responsible to

preparing the sanctuary for the wedding and for straightening up afterwards. Some of these

people may not be salaried, so the honorarium is their only means of being compensated for

their efforts on the behalf. In addition, Some churches expect you to pay an honorarium to the

sexton who is responsible for preparing the sanctuary and for straightening up afterwards. If

there is a reception at the church following the service, there may be some extra expense for


The minister's honorarium

Finally, it is customary to give the minister an "honorarium," for his/her leadership. The

amount of such honorariums is usually up to you. In less affluent neighborhoods a $100

honorarium might be appropriate; in more privileged communities a $250 honorarium (or

larger) might work. Naturally, you should take into account the time spent by the clergy in

working with you in planning and counseling prior to the service.

Additional costs of a wedding, and one idea for keeping then under control

These costs mentioned above are for the religious service. Not included are the Global Event

Consulting wedding consultant's charges: these include, preparing the ceremony for Church

Wedding or honeymoon, the jewellery, use of the wedding parlor for a engagement party, etc.

Also, not included are the costs of a Church Wedding slot in the wedding time. The cost of

these services can easily fall within a range of $5,000 to $10,000.

Which brings me to one of the most important reasons for suggesting that the call to a priest or

minister should be the first thing you do after learning of the wedding date of a newlywed's.

Most clergy appreciate how high the cost of a wedding can be, and if the family is facing

hardship in affording these costs, the clergy might be able to work with the Global Event

Consulting wedding consultant on the behalf to keep such cost under control.