Wedding Ministry Policy

Wedding Ministry Policy

Requirements for Marriage at First UMC El Dorado

  • Worship attendance is required of non-members to enable an understanding of our denomination and our church (at least three times).
  • Completion of four pre-marital appointments with preacher.
  • In person meeting with the wedding coordinator.
  • Presentation of properly executed marriage license at or before the rehearsal.
  • A waiting period of at least six months following a divorce or death of a spouse shall be observed to allow for healing following the end of a previous marriage.
  • The church grounds are alcohol and drug free and the buildings are alcohol, drug and smoke free. If alcohol or drugs are present on the premises, the preacher reserves the authority to cancel the service.
  • The balance of $500 is due to the church office two weeks before the wedding day.
    • Please make all payments in the form of a check payable to “First United Methodist Church” with the name of the couple in the memo line.
    • Need-based reduction of fees is available, contact Rev. Andrew Conard.

Schedule of Fees for a Wedding in the Sanctuary

Scheduling Fee (non-refundable) $50.00
Use of Sanctuary $50.00
Service of Preacher $150.00
Wedding Coordinator $100.00
Musician $100.00
Audio Technician $50.00
Total $500.00

Schedule of Fees for a Reception in the Fellowship Hall

Use of Fellowship Hall $200.00
Building Host                                   $50.00
Cleaning Deposit (refundable upon successful inspection) $250.00
Total $500.00

Next Steps

  • Please review the Wedding Ministry Policy for detailed guidelines as well as financial responsibilities.
  • Email Rev. Andrew Conard at Andrew.Conard@FirstUMCElDorado.org with “Wedding” in the subject line or call the church office at 316-321-6220 to set up an initial conversation with Pastor Andrew about your wedding. Please be ready to share name and contact information of couple and preferred wedding date.