Thursday, May 19, 2022
(Disciples of Christ)


Please Read This Section Carefully.

We consider every wedding conducted in the Sanctuary or Chapel a sacred event. Therefore, specific guidelines exist for selection of appropriate music for your wedding.

Your decision to hold your wedding at St Charles Christian Church implies that you have read and understand these policies and that you agree to follow them. If you feel strongly about the music to be selected for your wedding, you may wish to speak with the Minister before you make a final decision about the use of the Sanctuary for your ceremony.

Music is a very important part of your wedding and we are ready to help you plan that part of your service. You will be assigned a keyboardist for your wedding. As soon as possible, you should contact the keyboardist to answer any specific questions you might have about your wedding music, and to make arrangements for a music consultation. Your consultation may take one of several forms:

 1.  You may meet the keyboardist at the church. There you will hear excerpts of many processional and recessional pieces that might be used, as well as plan the remainder of your wedding music.

 2.  If you live out of town, or have busy schedules, there are CDs available for loan. The CDs contain excerpts of processionals and recessionals as mentioned above. You may listen to the recording and call the keyboardist with your choices.

 3.  You may also check out the 'Sample Music' page of the Wedding Planner area of our web site.  There you will find an interactive form with musical excerpts to hear which could help you choose music selections for your wedding.

Secular or "popular" music (show tunes, movie music, rock, top 40, easy listening, etc.), whether it is played or sung, is not encouraged during the wedding service. This includes music played during the prelude and postlude. A good option for the use of secular music is at your rehearsal dinner or wedding reception.

Pre-recorded music (CDs and tapes) is allowed during weddings Live vocal and/or acoustic instrumental music is encouraged. In addition to the difficulty of assuring precise timing and appropriate sound, recorded and/or amplified music does not reflect the formality and grace we prefer to communicate during weddings.



Please choose capable and experienced vocal and/or instrumental musicians. The keyboa is available to rehearse with musicians, but time does not allow for them to teach the music. It is the responsibility of the musician to contact the organist to schedule rehearsals. When planning for vocalists and/or instrumentalists please be aware of the following:

 1.  In planning your vocal music, we recommend no more than three songs, each of about three minutes in duration.

 2.  It is the responsibility of the couple to see that the vocalist contacts the keyboardist in sufficient time to approve the music selections and to      set up a rehearsal time. They are welcome to attend the rehearsal to receive cues, but they will not rehearse at that time.

 3.  It is the responsibility of the vocalist to provide copies of the music to be sung (in the appropriate key) for use at the wedding. 

4.  Please be aware that photocopies of music are illegal and therefore not acceptable for use!

5.  Vocalists will be paid directly by the wedding couple. It is understood that the church is in no way responsible for any legal obligations that      may arise from the hiring of such persons.

Instrumentalists: The use of outside instrumentalists (brass, classical guitar, harp, etc.) is certainly permissible. As with vocalists, we maintain a list of many players in the area and would be glad to give you names, depending on your budgets and needs. If you have questions about what portions of the wedding might be played by instruments other than the keyboard, please contact the minister. 



The church has an excellent sound system.  There are microphones available for your readers and/or singers. Because of the size of the Sanctuary, additional considerations apply.