If you are interested in planning a wedding at LUMC, the following information may be helpful to you. When you are ready to book the sanctuary for your wedding, please call the church office, 215-757-4984, during office hours (M-F, 9-12 & 1-3).
Wedding Guidelines and Policies
- A Reservation Form/Wedding Information Sheet for scheduling the church facilities as well as fee information is provided as part of this package.
- There are separate fee schedules for Langhorne UMC members or children of church members, and non-church members. Church members are defined as someone who has been a member of Langhorne UMC for at least six months prior to scheduling a wedding date.
- The date you have chosen for your wedding will not be officially entered on the church calendar until the church has received the reservation form along with the appropriate fee/deposit reserving the sanctuary.
- Sanctuary fee ($300.00) [Deposit by Non-Members Only].
- If the wedding should be cancelled for any reason, 50% of your deposit ($150.00) will be returned to you upon notification to the church office of the cancellation.
- In accordance with the Discipline of The United Methodist Church, a member of the LUMC Ministry Staff will officiate at all weddings in the church. A particular LUMC staff minister may be requested.
- Other persons not on the LUMC staff may participate in wedding services with the approval of the officiating minister. Their participation in the service may include: reading scriptures, leading prayers or giving the homily.
- Our pastor requires pre-marital conferences with the couple beginning with an introductory meeting prior to the wedding date being confirmed by this church.
- Further conferences generally will be scheduled at a time convenient to the pastor and the couple, starting about three months before the wedding date.
- You will be contacted by the pastor to set up these appointment times.
- Plans for the wedding service are made during the pre-marriage conferences.
- The rehearsal is a time during which the logistics, or mechanics, of the wedding (where to stand, how to process, duties of the participants) are discussed and rehearsed.
- Normally, rehearsals last about one hour.
Certain principles of conduct apply to all weddings held in the church building. These are listed below to enable you to inform the members of your families, your wedding party, and your guests.
- Please do not throw rice, confetti, bird seed, etc., inside or outside the church building. For reasons of personal safety and potential property damage, rice, bird seed, confetti, rose petals, balloons and similar materials are NOT permitted. We recommend that souvenir “wedding bubbles” be used at your reception; however, if they are used here, they must remain outside the buildings and all refuse from them must be collected by someone in the wedding party/family before leaving the premises.
- Please do not smoke anywhere in the church building, or on church property. This includes dressing rooms and restrooms.
- The use of alcohol is not in keeping with a service of worship. Alcoholic beverages may not be used in any part of the wedding ceremony or celebration.
- Food and drinks are NOT permitted in the Sanctuary at any time. You may bring bottled water into the Bride and Groom’s Rooms only.
- Photographs will be allowed during the ceremony by the photographer and videographer.
- Flashes may be used.
- Family photos and special shots can be taken immediately following the service.
- Any videotaping of the ceremony or any part of the wedding service must be arranged by the couple.
- A church wedding is a religious ceremony in a sacred place, and the Music, whether classical or contemporary, should spiritually uplift those present.
- It is expected that the music will be provided by the Langhorne United Methodist Church organist, Kerry Fenton. Our Organist’s services are part of the Wedding Package. If you choose to arrange for your own instrumentalist or organist, you must still obtain approval from him. Please contact him directly at (609) 359-2027 within 2 months or earlier of the wedding date to ensure availability and to arrange for music.
- The Organist will be prepared to play appropriate pre-wedding, processional, recessional, and bride and groom entrance music, as well as for soloist(s).
- You may also hire additional musicians (trumpet, string ensembles, and the like.) Be sure these requests are cleared through the Church Office BEFORE contracting with them. (Payment to them is your responsibility.)
- If there are any questions regarding the music, the final decision is made by the Organist and/or officiating Pastor.
- We recommend you begin arranging for your license at least one month before the wedding. The Wedding License is Valid for 90 Days.
- Please bring the License, in the envelope provided, to the Church Office one week prior to the wedding.
- Once the Wedding service is over and signatures are affixed, the Church Secretary mails the document to the County Recorder’s Office.
- The bride will make all arrangements with the church secretary for opening the church for the rehearsal, decorating and setting up for the wedding.
- When there is a candlelighting service, the aisle candleholders must be rented from and set up by the florist of your choice, including the candles.
- Aisle runners are permitted but are also rented from your florist. If you wish to use an aisle runner, you will need one 75 feet long.
- A kneeling bench for the prayers in the marriage service is provided by the church.
- Seven-tiered brass candelabra are also available from the church.
- A Unity Candle with base is available if you do not wish to purchase your own; however this candle and base must not be removed from LUMC after the wedding.
- No tacks, scotch or other adhesive tape, nails, wire, or pins shall be used anywhere in the church in the placement of decorations.
- Pew bows in the Sanctuary must be attached with rubber bands, pipe cleaners, elastic and/or fabric coated wire. Please, no wire or tape.
- The bride is responsible for apprising the florists/decorators of this policy.
- Any property damage must be fully restored at the expense of the bride.
- All sanctuary decorations must be removed by the wedding party or decorator within two hours after the wedding ceremony. The Church cannot be responsible for any decorations following the conclusion of the ceremony.
- Often the wedding flower arrangements are left for the Sunday morning service. Let the church secretary know if this is your desire. We wish to acknowledge the gift in honor of the bridal couple in the Sunday morning bulletin.
- The church parlor is available to the bride and attendants for dressing and waiting prior to the ceremony.
- The wedding party is responsible for seeing that the room is left in order after use.
- The church is not responsible for items left in the room.
- The groom and groomsmen may use the Prayer room adjacent to the sanctuary for dressing and waiting. This is located on the side of the sanctuary where the groom normally would process in.
- If the couple wishes to have a bulletin for the ceremony, they may submit all information, along with the desired number of bulletin covers, at least one week in advance of the ceremony to the church secretary and it will be prepared and printed by the church.
- Any outside arrangements made with a printer are the sole responsibility of the couple.