The Details of Your Wedding
The Marriage License
A marriage license must be obtained from one of the County Clerk’s offices in the State of South Carolina. Charleston County accepts applications for and delivers marriage licenses online at CharlestonCounty.org. There is a 24 hour waiting period for the license.
The license (all 3 copies received, as well as the return envelope) should be brought to St. Andrew’s at least 1 week prior to the rehearsal. This ensures that all of the proper documents are completed and at the church prior to the wedding. At the rehearsal the bride, bridegroom, Clergy, and two witnesses are required to sign the official documents. This includes the license and the church marriage register. A copy of the license is given to the couple and the church will mail the other two copies to the Probate Office.
While we recognize that many people have played a role in the faith development of an individual, including clergy, all pastoral services at St. Andrew’s are officiated by the Rector of St. Andrew’s or his designated associate clergy. If you desire to include clergy not affiliated with St. Andrew’s we recommend that they take part in the wedding reception.
A wedding is a service of worship and celebration before the Lord, and the parish organist or one of St. Andrew’s worship leaders, acting on behalf of the Rector, will serve as your “Music Coordinator” to guide you through the music and musician selection process. Please contact a music coordinator before making any firm decisions.
If you prefer traditional organ music, please contact Mark Bebensee, St. Andrew’s Parish Organist (843.284.4357 or MBebensee@StAndrews.Church).
If you prefer contemporary/blended (guitar/keys-led) music, please contact Kristy Barry, Worship Arts Department Administrator (843.284.4351 or KBarry@StAndrews.Church)
A note about musician fees:
Fees for the Music Coordinator, a sound technician (required for “contemporary” music), and additional musicians and/or soloists are listed in the Fee Schedule.
Additional rehearsals (requiring additional fees) may be necessary for learning new music and/or incorporating guest musicians. New music and guest musicians may be included at the discretion of the Music Coordinator.
One or more passages of Scripture are read during the wedding ceremony. There are suggested texts especially appropriate for the marriage ceremony. Questions about Scripture selections may be a part of the premarital process if that would be helpful. The Clergy officiating or one or two lay readers may read the selected text(s). If lay readers are chosen, they should also attend the rehearsal.
The Sexton is responsible for providing access to the church for the rehearsal, opening the church facilities two hours before the service, having the church ready, and cleaning up afterward. Any special needs may be discussed the week before the wedding. The Sexton’s fees are listed in the “Fees” section. Please note that an additional fee is required if a reception is held in the church facilities.
Decoration of the Church Facilities
St. Andrew’s encourages simplicity of decoration. No nails or tape are allowed to affix anything to the structure of the church inside or outside. Bows should be affixed with an oasis hook on pews and shutters. The throwing of flower petals, rice, birdseed, or confetti is not permitted inside or outside the church.
If there is a question about the permissibility or appropriateness of any decoration, contact the St. Andrew’s Flower Guild (Penny Bagwell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mac Langley (email@example.com) ) to discuss decorations.
St. Andrew’s will provide an Acolyte to carry the processional cross and assist the Clergy if desired. It is not necessary, however, to have an Acolyte for the service. If the couple provides their own Acolyte, the Clergy must be advised. The Acolyte must attend the rehearsal to receive training and be fitted with the proper vestments. The Acolyte’s fee is listed in the “Fees” section of this booklet.
Wedding Programs (optional)
Programs are not provided by St. Andrew’s, however, the Communications Director, Mr. Greg Shore (843.284.4323 or GShore@StAndrews.Church) may be contracted to produce a bulletin. Cost is dependent on the complexity and the size of the desired program. If an outside agency prepares the program a draft copy should be presented to the officiating Clergy and the Music Coordinator for prior approval. Additionally, several copies should be brought to the rehearsal for distribution.