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Weddings

First Community Church welcomes members and nonmembers to hold their wedding ceremonies at one of our beautiful locations. Each location offers its own unique setting for your special day.  These include:

  • Sanctuary, South (holds up to 500 guests)
  • Burkhart Chapel, South (holds up to 100 guests)
  • Sanctuary, North (holds up to 800 guests)
If you are interested in having your wedding one of these locations, please fill out this form. Our Ceremony Coordinator will be in contact to confirm and discuss next steps. With any questions and to discuss fees and policies, email Jill Fisher Tribble, Ceremony Coordinator, or call (614) 302-3656.

 

Once your wedding date has been confirmed, it is time to explore the beautiful music options we can provide. After listening to your options below, please fill out this form to make your music selections. Once completed, our organist, Sally Beske, will be in contact with you. 


Wedding Music

ORGANIST

First Community provides the organist for your ceremony. Associate Organist, Sally Beske, (or another organist from the professional music staff of the church) will be your music resource and guide. Feel free to contact Sally with any questions.

WEDDING MUSIC CONTENT

The Prelude: About 30 minutes of music selected by the organist from their sacred and classical repertory. This is played as your guests are arriving. The mothers are seated during the final piece in the prelude.

The Processionals: There are two selections here, one for the entrance of the bridesmaids or attendants, one for the entrance of the bride (or wedding couple). Wedding couples choose their selections from the examples provided at the end of this document.

Interludes during the ceremony: These short meditative pieces are selected by the organist and played during the lighting of the unity candle (should you choose to have one) and during the movement of the wedding party from the sanctuary floor up to the chancel platform.

The Recessional: This celebratory piece is played at the very end of your ceremony as the wedding party walks down the aisle. Wedding couples may choose their selection from the examples provided at the end of this document.

The Postlude: This celebratory music immediately follows the recessional. It is selected by the organist and continues until your guests have left the sanctuary or chapel.

VOCAL MUSIC and INSTRUMENTALISTS

Should you wish to add a vocalist or instrumental soloist, we recommend selecting a musician from our professional staff. Sally can assist you with selection and fees. There is an additional fee paid to the organist for the extra time required to prepare an accompaniment for a soloist. Soloists from our professional staff can suggest pieces that will work well in your ceremony. To accommodate a soloist who is not on our staff, please provide the contact information for your soloist at least 6 weeks before your ceremony. Please note that due to the sacredness of the ceremony, the text of all vocal music must be based in scripture or focus on God. A solo is effective during the seating of the mothers at the end of the prelude, or during the movement of the wedding party from the floor to the chancel platform, or during the lighting of the unity candle. An instrumental ensemble is best utilized during the prelude. To ensure a smooth transition for the entrance of the wedding party and the wedding couple, all processionals are played from the organ. It is our policy that all wedding music is performed live, specifically for your ceremony, without pre-recorded selections or accompaniments.

MUSICIAN FEES

$300 Organist base fee includes prelude, processionals, interludes, recessional, and postlude.

If accompanying a soloist, add the following charges:

  • $50 for a soloist rehearsing on the day of the wedding.
  • $75 for each additional rehearsal with a soloist.

The soloist fee and instrumental ensemble fees are set by each individual soloist or ensemble. All musician fees are due to the ceremony coordinator at your wedding rehearsal.

PROCESSIONAL and RECESSIONAL SELECTIONS

Please make your selections up to 6 weeks before your ceremony. The recordings you hear are excerpts from the organ at First Community South, each selection can be lengthened or shortened as needed. Once you’ve heard the options, please CLICK HERE to indicate your selections.

Processionals: (choose one for the bride and one for the attendants)
  • Canon in D (bridesmaids or attendants only), Johann Pachelbel

  • Trumpet Voluntary in D Major, Jeremiah Clarke

  • Trumpet Tune in D Major, Henry Purcell

  • Trumpet Tune in D Major, David N. Johnson

  • Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (bride only), Richard Wagner

Recessionals (choose one):
  • Wedding March from Midsummer Night’s Dream, Felix Mendelssohn

  • Rondeau (Trumpet Fanfare), Jean Mouret

  • Trumpet Tune in A Major, David N. Johnson

The following processionals may also be used as a recessional:

  • Trumpet Voluntary in D Major, Jeremiah Clarke

  • Trumpet Tune in D Major, Henry Purcell

  • Trumpet Tune in D Major, David N. Johnson

If you have any additional questions not answered here, please contact Sally Beske at (614) 488-0681 ext. 107 or (614) 563-7961 (cell).

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