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Get Hitched For Free

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - A local church, Celebration Church, in is offering free church wedding weekends that should help people save big money and not feel they have to postpone their dream for a church wedding.  Services included are music, equipment, minister, counseling, photography and flowers.

Here's what we found from the church's website:

Purpose:

            Celebration Church recognizes that marriage is a sacred opportunity from God for a man and woman.  Marriage is a lifetime commitment to another person that is meant to be a blessing of joy and stability for both.  A loving bond of commitment to our spouse unleashes our greatest potential.

            While it is possible for a couple to be married anywhere, the beauty, comfort and symbolism of a church sanctuary is a great place for a marriage to begin.  Unfortunately the cost of any wedding has become so great that it is difficult for many couples to afford a wedding, especially a church ceremony.

            Our goal is to make marriage obtainable by offering a free wedding package at Celebration Church.

  

How does it work?

            Free Wedding Weekends will be held periodically throughout the year.  Available times may be reserved on a first come first served basis.  (Thursday 5:00 and 7:00; Friday 5:00 and 7:00; Saturday 10:00; 12:00; 2:00; 4:00; 6:00)

            The wedding time slots are two hours apart.  The bridal party may arrive at the church in order to get ready ½ hour prior to their wedding.  The wedding will begin exactly at the time allotted. 

            The wedding vows, processional, and recessional music are preselected by the church.  The couple may select a special song to be performed during the ceremony from a list of choices.  The bridal party may customize the service by requesting some special features, such as communion, unity candle or sand service, etc...

            If desired, a rehearsal can be scheduled on Monday or Tuesday night.  The rehearsal schedule will be determined a month prior to the wedding.

  

What's provided?

  • 1. Pre-marital mentoring
  • 2. Decorations such as candelabras, wedding arch, communion bench and candles.
  • 3. Minister services
  • 4. Live music
  • 5. Soundman services
  • 6. 15 photo package
  • 7. Artificial flower bouquets and boutonnieres (pre-made in neutral color chosen by church), flower petals and basket and ring bearer pillow
  • 8. Rehearsal time
  • Bride and groom are responsible for bridal party clothing.  They are also responsible to bring their own unity candle if they choose to make that part of their service.
  • Receptions or after dinner meals are not covered and the bridal party must hold theirs off campus.

Requirements:

            This service is available to anyone regardless of church attendance.  However the following requirements must be met:

  • 1. Attendance and participation at two pre-maritalmentoring sessions. One is a group session and the other will feature personal time for each couple.
  • 2. Agreement to honor the wedding schedule
  • 3. Must have a valid State of Ohio marriage license

Upcoming Wedding Weekends:
            January 14-16, 2010
            April 22-24, 2010

Pre-marital Mentoring:
            
November 6 (7 p.m.) & November 14 (TBD), 2009
            March 5 (7 p.m.) & March 13 (TBD), 2010

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