The Celebration of Marriage is a life rite of Old North Church provided for members, families and, when possible, friends of the congregation. It is assumed that the ceremony will take place in the Sanctuary with the clergy of Old North Church presiding. Visiting clergy may be invited to participate, but one of our ministers must be the “clergy of record.” Weddings off the church premises can be arranged at the minister’s discretion.
Old North Church recognizes the importance of the wedding ceremony to the couple being married but believes that preparing a couple for marriage is equally important. To that end, couples are expected to meet with the officiating clergy for 3 to 4 hour-long pre-marital counseling/planning sessions prior to the ceremony.
There is considerable flexibility in planning the ceremony itself, but it is assumed that couples planning to be married at Old North Church are seeking a religious ceremony.
For all weddings at Old North Church, it is assumed that the Church’s organist will be contracted to play for the ceremony. Outside musicians may participate with the consent of the Old North Church organist.