Weddings

[slidepress gallery=’bath-home-header’]The Bath United Church of Christ welcomes you to share your wedding vows with us.

A wedding is a time of reverence and joy, celebration and consecration.  We are pleased to help you plan your wedding service and hope that it truly will be a holy moment and special day for you.

Believing that God calls us into the loving and caring relationships created through the bonds of marriage, The Bath Church supports marriage equality.  All couples seeking the blessing of the church for their union and commitment to each other are welcome.

All couples accepted for marriage at The Bath Church UCC must meet the following criteria:

  • At least one is a member of the congregation; or
  • Has extended family/friend relationship with members of the congregation; or
  • At least one is a resident of the greater Bath community; AND
  • Completes premarital counseling as determined by the pastors

WEDDING APPLICATION PROCESS
Feel free to review the following documents.

When you are ready to schedule your wedding at Bath Church, contact the preferred pastor or the church office (330-666-3520 / bathucc@bathucc.org) to check available dates.

The next step is to send your application and deposit of $50 to the church for formal acceptance by one of the pastors and to secure your date.  A time to meet to discuss wedding details and any pre-marital counseling sessions will be scheduled.

PASTORS
One of our pastors will officiate at ALL weddings held at Bath Church.  When it is the wish of the bride and groom to have another pastor (example: relative of family, or family pastor) assist in the service, this should be made known so we can be in contact with the guest pastor.  Feel free to invite the pastor to your Rehearsal Dinner and Reception, realizing the demands on their schedule may not allow their attendance.

ORGANIST
The organist of the church will play for all weddings and must be contacted immediately following the first meeting with the pastor.

The organist will assist in the selections of pre-service, processional and recessional music.  Songs to be sung during the pre-service and the ceremony will be cleared through the presiding pastor.

If another organist is desired, you must have church approval and instruction on use of the organ.

PHOTOGRAPHS
No flash photographs may be taken during the service except by the professional photographer during the processional and recessional.  Available light photos are permitted during the service.  Photographers and videographers are requested to stay clear of the chancel area during the ceremony.  Video cameras are allowed to be used from a tripod at a prearranged location.  There is a time limit for photography following the ceremony.

RICE, ETC.
There will be no use of rice, including “wedding rice”, confetti, steamers pr birdseed either inside the church building or on the church grounds.  Bubbles may be used only in the area of the Chapel front walk and driveway, and Sanctuary portico.  Fresh rose petals and drones are not permitted inside the church building.

RECEPTIONS
Receptions may be held in Fellowship Hall with a Bath Church member to sponsor the event.  The church member must be present during the entire event and assume responsibility for the Hall.  Call the church office to reserve the Hall.

No alcoholic beverages permitted in the church buildings or on the church grounds.  Smoking is not permitted in the buildings; only outside where a receptacle is provided.

WEDDING COMMITTEE
A member of The Bath Church wedding committee will be available to answer any questions you may have about church facilities or details of wedding procedures.

The Wedding Questionnaire provides us with all the details of your wedding plan.  Please send it to the church along with all the wedding fees 30-days in advance of the wedding date.

For further information, please contact the church office: 330-666-3520

MARRIAGE LICENSE INFORMATION

Summit County Probate Court
Marriage License Department/Summit County Courthouse
209 South High Street
Akron, Ohio 44308-1668
330-643-2350
www.summitohioprobate.com

A State of Ohio wedding license is needed before the wedding service.

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