Wedding Information



Weddings at Park United Methodist Church

30 North Lake Street

North East, PA 16428


Phone: (814) 725-4105



Congratulations on your decision to be married!


On behalf of the church family here at Park United Methodist Church, we rejoice with you in your wedding. I encourage you to be married in your home church. If this is not possible or you do not presently have a home church, I would be glad to perform your wedding as a minister of Jesus Christ.  The more personal contact we have, the better the wedding will be. I look forward to these meetings, and I hope you will, too.


We consider marriage to be a most holy and special bond and are pleased that we can play a part in this special time for you. This brochure is intended to give you all the information necessary to make this occasion a meaningful one and assure that the wedding and surrounding tasks run smoothly.


I look forward to meeting with you both and assisting in making this a special and memorable time.


Yours in Christ,


Rev. Eric Leonard



Meeting with the Minister

You will need to meet with the minister at least once in person. This is important for several reasons. First, it will give you an opportunity to get to know one another, and this will make for a much better wedding ceremony. Second, it will enable you to discuss issues that will play a central role in your marriage -- common values, hopes and dreams, children, religious background and spiritual convictions. Third, it will enable you to talk about marriage in general and your wedding service in particular. Please call the minister at 814-725-4105 so you can meet together about three to six months before your wedding.

The Wedding Coordinator

This person is meant to assist you in planning your wedding day as well as overseeing the details of the rehearsal and wedding, helping to assure that everything will go just as you hope.  It will be necessary to contact the Coordinator early on in the planning process to discuss details for your service.

Our Wedding Coordinator, Linda Schroder, can be reached at 814-572-0089.


The Rehearsal

If the wedding party consists of no more than four adults, a rehearsal may not be necessary. However, if more than four persons are involved, and especially if children are included, a rehearsal is wise. Forty-five minutes is ample time for the rehearsal, and all persons involved are urged to be prompt.



Pictures are important to families as years pass and memories are recalled. Pictures may be taken before and after the service. During the ceremony, pictures may be taken in the sanctuary as long as they are in good taste. Flash pictures during the ceremony are strongly discouraged and please, no pictures from the altar during the ceremony.



Arrangements for floral decorations should be made with the florist of your choice. Most local florists will be able to suggest various decorations for your consideration. If your florist is not familiar with our church, he/she should be told that it is not permissible to put tape, nails or tacks into the woodwork.

Dressing Room

The wedding party is welcome to dress at the church.  Please inform our wedding coordinator so an appropriate room will be provided.

Rice, Birdseed, etc.

The use of birdseed, rice, balloons, are all permissible. But we ask that you cooperate by using these only outside the building.


The Sanctuary

 First and foremost, the church is a place of worship. We ask your cooperation in helping to keep the church holy. Please do not bring alcoholic beverages onto the premises (church or church grounds) and observe the "No Smoking" signs throughout the church building.  While there is great flexibility in how the altar area can be arranged for your wedding, we ask that the Christian and American flags not be removed from the sanctuary.

Candles and Candelabra

If you wish to use our candelabra, please talk to the Wedding Coordinator.  There is an additional fee of $20 for this service.  If a “Unity Candle” is desired you must provide your own.



Videotaping  is allowed.



If organ music is used in your ceremony, it can be provided by our organist, Debbie McGahen. You may provide your own vocalist, or guitarist.  Since a wedding is a religious service, the music, whether instrumental or vocal, should have a religious significance. If a secular or contemporary melody is used, be sure that the lyrics are in keeping with the meaning of a Christian marriage.


Our organist is also an excellent pianist and is familiar with a wide selection of music. You may wish to leave the choice of music to her. Usually, prelude music is played as guests are seated; the processional and recessional are played for the bridal party. There is an additional fee for working       with soloists. Please contact Debbie McGahen directly 814-899-0610 to confirm her participation in your service and to set a time to meet to choose music.


At Park United Methodist Church, we offer a Christian service in which the wedding vows are made in a context of worship, prayer and thanksgiving. A typical wedding service includes:


A Welcome

Declaration of Intent to Marry

Scripture Lessons

Words from the minister about the meaning and joy of marriage

Special Music (if desired)

The Exchange of Wedding Vows

The Exchange of Rings

Declaration of Marriage

The Lighting of the Unity Candle

Special Music (if desired)

Blessing of the Marriage and Benediction

Introduction of Couple


This is a basic outline of a wedding ceremony, and each couple is invited to work with the minister to personalize their service.


Wedding Fees

                                Members            Non-Members                                                                               


Sanctuary Use                   $50                         $300

Janitor                                $50                         $50

Wedding Coordinator        $150                       $150

Organist                             $150                       $150

Minister                             Honorarium            $250

Sound System                         $50                              $50

All fees should be paid the night of your rehearsal with separate checks for those involved.







  • Park United Methodist Church

Day & Date of Wedding________________________________________________________

Pastor/Officiator__________________________     Phone:____________________________

Time of Wedding:                  Start__________ am/pm   End___________ am/pm

                                                          Set up________  am/pm  ~___________ am/pm

                                                          Clean up______ am/pm  ~ ___________am/pm

Ending time of the wedding and pictures must be adhered to, so that cleaning can take place as scheduled

Rehearsal date:_________________________ Time preferred:_____________________

  1. Information:

Bride’s Name______________________________________________________________


Telephone (home)__________________(cell)__________________(work)______________

E-mail address______________________________________________________________

Groom’s Name______________________________________________________________


Telephone (home)__________________(cell)__________________(work)______________

E-mail address______________________________________________________________

  1. Payment

Sanctuary Use                   Donation            $300                                  $_______           _______

Janitor                              $50                      $50                                    $_______           _______

Wedding Coordinator       $150                    $150                                  $_______           _______

Organist                           $150                    $150                                  $_______           _______

Minister                            Honorarium         $250                                   $_______           _______

Sound System                  $50                      $50                                    $_______          _______

All fees should be paid the night of your rehearsal with separate checks for those involved.

Changes in these usage fees may be made by the Trustees, Pastor or Wedding Coordinator. Fee Changes must be agreed upon at the signing of the contract.

As the Responsible Party, I hereby agree to be personally responsible on behalf of myself and guests for any damage sustained to Park United Methodist Church during my event. I understand that Park United Methodist Church, its officers, employees and agents are not responsible for any bodily injury, sickness, disease or death, or injury to or destruction of tangible property in the Church or Church parking lot.  I have read and agree with the information in the wedding brochure. This contract is not valid until signed by both parties. All changes must be made in writing.

Agreed to and Accepted:                                                        

__________________________________________            __________________________________________

Responsible Party                                        Date                        Park UMC Representative                Date


__________________________________________            __________________________________________

              Pastor/ Officiant                                          Date                        Wedding Coordinator                                    Date


Responsible Party                                Date                    Park UMC Representative                Date






            Pastor/  Officiant                      Date


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