We are pleased to be considered as partners with you as you make
your preparations for marriage. This brief brochure provides you
with the basics of a wedding ceremony at Nashwaaksis United
Who May Be Married?
We understand marriage to be a spiritual
covenant between a man and a woman. We require that all couples
take part in a recognized ‘marriage preparation course’, or its
equivalent. A couple seeking marriage is not expected to be a
member of the Church.
What Are the Basic Steps?
Planning your wedding with us will begin when
you make your request. Following this request we will send you
an information package. This will include a letter of
explanation, a personal particulars form, a ‘marriage
preparation’ brochure, and a request that you contact a member
of our ministry team. The Minister appointed to respond will
become your primary contact throughout the process. The date of
your marriage will be confirmed at your first meeting with the
Minister. Please do not begin making plans for the service
before this initial contact with the Minister.
Who Will Lead The Service?
Our Minister will be the primary consultant
and officiant for your wedding. There may be other arrangements
made but these will be in consultation with, and subject to the
approval of, our Minister. We are open to the participation of
recognized leaders from other spiritual traditions.
What Are The Legal Requirements?
We offer wedding ceremonies to any man and
woman who meet the legal requirements set by the Province of New
Brunswick. The primary requirement is a marriage license issued
by Service New Brunswick. The license should be brought to the
Church office at least two weeks before the day of the marriage.
This provides opportunity for the information to be transferred
to the necessary documents and records kept by the Church or
submitted to the Government.
What Other Persons Are Involved?
Music plays a significant part in a marriage
ceremony. We offer the services of our Church musicians for your
wedding. Once a date has been confirmed we will provide you with
contact information for one of our Church musicians. You will be
expected to make contact with this person as soon as possible.
This will ensure their availability for the date you have
chosen. It will also begin the process of selecting your wedding
music. You may choose other musicians to participate in the
service. Music selection is subject to approval by the Minister
and the Church musician. Only qualified persons may use the
Church organ, in consultation with our choir director/organist.
We are also able to provide a basic sound
system for the service. This makes it possible to employ
recorded music as part of the ceremony, either in place of or
together with live music. As with the Church musician, we will
appreciate early notification specific to sound system needs.
What Else Needs To Be Considered?
In most cases a photographer is designated to
take pictures during the ceremony. We allow one still and one
video photographer during the actual wedding ceremony. Guests
may take pictures during the procession into and out of the
Church. They may not take pictures during the marriage ceremony.
We welcome a reasonable amount of decoration
in the church for your wedding. This includes the use of
flowers, pew markers, candles and other symbolic articles.
Decoration is the responsibility of the couple. This includes
removal of the decorations following the ceremony. No decoration
may be used that requires alterations to the Church space or its
furnishings, including the use of nails or thumbtacks. Also,
seasonal decoration by the Church is not to be disturbed if your
wedding is held at such times.
Our policy does not permit the use of
confetti or flower petals in the Church. We suggest the use of
bird seed or bubbles for ‘blessing’ the bride and groom when
they leave the Church building.
Where Can A Wedding Be Held?
Your marriage does not have to take place in
the Church. We are willing to perform a marriage ceremony in
your home, at some other venue, or outdoors. There is no strict
rule as to the details of the ceremony. While some aspects are
considered necessary, many of the particulars are open to
negotiation. We will do all that we are able to make your
marriage meaningful and memorable.
These are the fees you will be expected to
pay for your wedding service: