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THINGS YOU WILL WANT TO KNOW ABOUT WEDDINGS
at La Cañada Congregational Church
The Minister of the La Cañada Congregational Church conducts all weddings in the Church and determines their content. The wedding itself is to be considered a service of public worship.Your first contact should be with the church office (818) 790-1185. The suggested time and date is subject to the church master calendar. When a date is set, an appointment should be made with the Minister. Following that meeting, an appointment should be made with the Wedding Hostess.The Organist of the Church, or a substitute designated by the Church, plays for all weddings in which the organ is used. If additional music is desired (vocal, instrumental), these arrange- ments are normally handled by the wedding couple. The Organist is available one hour prior to the wedding for solo accompaniment. If rehearsal time is required apart from the wedding day, the Organist's fee is $50/hour.Any floral decorations are the responsibility of those being married. White aisle runners are unnecessary and are strongly discouraged. The seating capacity of the Sanctuary is approximately 250. However, under crowded conditions, as many as 300 can be accommodated. The services of a photographer are the responsibility of the wedding couple. Flash equipment may not be used during the wedding service itself. The photographer must remain in the rear of the sanctuary or in the balcony throughout the service. The same regulations apply to video tape cameras and recordings. Pictures may be taken without restriction prior to the service, or immediately following the conclusion of the service. The church will be open one and a half hours prior to the wedding.The throwing of bird seed (no rice, please!) is restricted to certain areas of the church grounds.La Cañada Congregational Church reserves the right to cancel scheduled wedding services when church procedures and protocol are not observed by the participants.HOW MUCH WILL A WEDDING COST?Please call the church office to schedule a visit to review your options and discuss your needs and desires for your wedding. In this truly spectacular historical venue, it will be a day to remember.WHAT ABOUT THE WEDDING REHEARSAL?A one-hour rehearsal should be scheduled on a day prior to the wedding. All members of the wedding party-including parents, if possible-should be present and prompt. Any delay in starting the rehearsal will jeopardize the time available. Vocalists or musicians requiring rehearsal in the sanctuary should schedule this for a different time.The marriage license should be brought to the Church no later than the time of the rehearsal. The wedding cannot take place without presentation of a marriage license valid in California.WEDDING RECEPTIONSWhen the schedule of the Church permits, receptions may be held in the Fellowship Hall. The donation for the use of this room is $250.00. The $50.00 deposit required to reserve the room will be returned if the reception is cancelled up to thirty days in advance. The Church's Gourmet Committee caters all wedding receptions. Arrangements should be made through the Church office. The charges for this service depend on the refreshments chosen and the number of guests to be served. The serving of alcoholic beverages is not permitted at Church receptions or on the Church campus. Reception charges due the Church must be paid in full not later than one month before the reception date.