Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO I BOOK THE CHURCH/MINISTER?
A wedding includes the Sanctuary, wedding director, janitor, candles, candle holders, use of our unity candle, aisle carpet, silk flower bouquets, organist, minister, pew bows, and the services listed on this page. .
HOW IS MY WEDDING DATE CONFIRMED?
Please note that a wedding date is not confirmed until we receive your completed wedding application.
Since we might have more than one wedding on a given day, the date requested will come on a “first come, first served “ basis. We need a time allotment of 2 ½ hours between weddings.
DO YOU MARRY DIVORCED PERSONS?
Yes, our church believes God offers a “second chance” to those who have experienced the tragedy of divorce. We will work with you to help your new marriage succeed.
DO YOU OFFER PRE-MARITAL COUNSELING?
Yes, a relative or friend may set the date & time, but the couple needs to come in together for a counseling session prior to the wedding. This usually takes about an hour and a half and should be made as soon as possible after setting the wedding date.
HOW DO WE OBTAIN A LICENSE?
Any Florida Court House such as 325 Court Street, Clearwater or at 29582 U.S. 19 North (just South of Curlew Rd.). The cost is $93.50. No blood test is required, but there may be a waiting period. You will need to show a valid driver’s license or other photo I.D. You must be married within 60 days after issuance of the license.
More info on Locations and Costs.
CAN THE CHURCH ORGANIST PLAY THE MUSIC WE REQUEST?
Our organist can play traditional, contemporary and classical music.
IS THERE ANY PLACE FOR SOLOS IN THE SERVICE?
Yes. This must be arranged through the organist and the Pastor will have final approval of musical selections.
HOW MANY DOES THE CHURCH SEAT?
The church can comfortably seat approximately 200. The center aisle is 60’ long and 6’ wide, with 11 pews on each side of it.
WHAT ABOUT ALTAR FLOWERS, BOWS ON THE PEWS, ETC.?
The Wedding Director will be happy to place white bows on the first few pews to reserve them for the immediate family—or on all pews, if desired. She can also supply silk altar flowers. If you wish to personalize these and have special requests, you should contact a florist. You must inform the wedding coordinator that you are using a florist.
DO YOU HAVE A KNEELING BENCH FOR THE BRIDE AND GROOM?
Yes. The couple, if they choose, may kneel for the prayer and for a blessing at the end of the service.
WHAT ABOUT CANDLES?
We supply all you will need: 2 candelabras with 14 candles, along with a beautiful Unity Candle (with a reusable wick) which you may use free of charge. Some couples prefer to use their own unity candle. This should be brought to the church at the time of the rehearsal.
WHAT ABOUT THE WHITE AISLE RUNNER?
We provide an aisle runner for the center aisle.
DO YOU HAVE AIR CONDITIONING?
Yes! The church can be made cool and comfortable (or warmer as needed) for your comfort.
CAN WE TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE SANCTUARY?
Yes, before and after the service and during the processional and recessional. During the ceremony itself, flash photography disrupts the proceedings. Camcorders may be used, without floodlights. Photographers must not move about the platform during the service. After the service, photos can be posed with the pastor included, if you’d like. Please restrict such photography to 30 minutes; there is often another wedding party using the facilities an hour or so later. Please inform your photographers of this time limitation. Violation of this rule by the photographers will result in not allowing him/her from photographing future weddings in the church. It is your responsibility to give your photographer the "Rules for the Photographer" sheet.
WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR THE REHEARSAL?
All participants should be at the rehearsal. This includes parents if they are taking part in the ceremony. There is a place for the mothers of the bride and groom when they participate if the couple desires. We strongly recommend that your ushers be present for the rehearsal to receive instructions about their important part in the service. The rehearsal takes about 40 minutes. The Pastor generally gives a “trial run” of the usual procedures. Also, please bring your wedding license at this time. Punctuality is necessary since there is a possibility that other rehearsals or activities are scheduled.
WHEN SHOULD WE ARRIVE?
The church will be open one hour prior to the time of the wedding, and our Wedding Coordinator will be there to assist you. Your florist can plan delivery of flowers at this time. If they need to be delivered earlier, the time needs to be arranged with the Church Office. If the bride is dressing at the church, we suggest she arrive an hour ahead of the wedding—or, if dressing elsewhere, at least one half hour prior to the wedding. There are often delays with traffic and limos do not always arrive as scheduled. As stated earlier, punctuality is necessary since there is a possibility that other weddings or activities are scheduled.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE CEREMONY?
The service itself lasts about 30 minutes. A copy of the service that is used is available at any time in the Church Office and it is discussed at the pre-nuptial conference with the Pastor. When saying the vows, there is no vow “to obey.”
If you wish to make your own printed program, here is the order of events we usually use:
Lighting of Candles (these are the candelabras, and are lit by our director).
Mothers Lighting of Altar Candles Representing Bride and Groom
Processional of Wedding Party
Entry of Bride
Welcome to Family and Guests
Prayer of Invocation and Scripture
Declaration of intent
Exchanging of Rings
Lighting of Marriage Unity Candle
Declaration of marriage
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE WEDDING?
Work with the director at rehearsal as to your preference for a receiving line. It can form just inside the main entrance, or outside if weather permits. Or you may prefer to have your reception line at the hall where you are holding your post wedding reception.
CAN WE THROW RICE OR BIRD SEED?
Both can present a hazard, especially on our steps. Instead of using rice or seed as the couple comes out of the church, we recommend bubbles; they are both fun and photogenic. If you wish to supply tiny bubbles with wands to your guests, you may purchase them at any party store.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER RULES?
Yes, no alcoholic beverages of any kind - or smoking in the building (including the restrooms) during either rehearsals or the wedding itself. Failure to show up for the rehearsal means automatic cancellation of the wedding. If there should be a hurricane evacuation, the wedding will, of course, be rescheduled. The church will not be liable for cancellations under these circumstances.
WHAT ABOUT A BLOOD TEST?
Although not required for your license, it is highly recommended that you have one, as well as a complete physical, if you have not already done so.
SHOULD WE SEE A LAWYER?
You may want to consider a consultation with a lawyer, especially in cases involving divorced persons, stepchildren, etc. If so, put this early in your plans to avoid “eleventh hour duress.”
WHAT ABOUT PARKING?
Ample parking is provided around the one-block square park across the street, beside the church and in front of the church. Do not be worried about the “no parking” signs around the park. If you look closely, you’ll see that they restrict parking only between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One exception to this rule is parking on the gulf side of the church, between the road and the water. The Sheriff does enforce the rule of “no parking” except on Sunday.
You may want to consider using children 3 and older to take part in your wedding as flower girls or ring bearers. It has been our experience that children younger than 3 are unable to stay in one place and not wander.
WHO TO CONTACT:
If you have any questions that weren't addressed on this page, please feel free to contact the church office at (727) 784-8222.
All mail correspondence should be addressed to:
Crystal Beach Community Church
PO Box 571
Crystal Beach, FL 34681