One of the great joys of parish life is to share in a couple’s wedding day. We at Emmanuel Church want to assist you in making that special occasion spiritually meaningful. We believe in committed lifelong partnerships that express the love of God in a bond of mutual support and fidelity, for all couples. When a couple desires to be married, a priest works with them to prepare their hearts and to plan their ceremony.
The Episcopal Church requires that one of the parties be a baptized Christian and that the wedding service be attested to by at least two witnesses. The service itself must be one that is authorized by the Episcopal Church and Emmanuel limits weddings to members of the parish and their children.
First and foremost, please make an appointment with the clergy (540-456-6334). This first appointment will answer your questions about the myriad details involved in planning a wedding. Please keep in mind the clergy will not make arrangements with parents, so please call to set up your own meeting date and time. Please do not make any final arrangements, place deposits or have anything printed with a date for the wedding until you have met with the priest, and he or she has agreed to preside at the wedding and has placed the wedding date on the parish master calendar. All arrangements for the wedding rehearsal and liturgy are made in consultation with the parish clergy. No wedding dates will be placed on the parish calendar until the clergy have had a minimum of at least one meeting with the couple before agreeing to officiate at their wedding.