Northbrook United Methodist Church welcomes the use of its facilities for the joyous occasion of Holy Matrimony. We provide a loving Christian environment for a meaningful worship celebration. Both members and non-members are welcome. If you have any questions, contact Sara Almstedt.
Appointments to reserve the use of the church facilities can be made at the church office (770-998-2000) or by contacting the Wedding Director at the number above.
A Northbrook UMC pastor will officiate unless permission is granted to do otherwise. If another minister is chosen by a non-member of Northbrook, a Northbrook representative will need to be present and the fee will be set at $150.
All couples will be required to go through four to six weeks of counseling sessions with The Care and Counseling Center of Georgia. The cost of the sessions are established by the center. For couples living out of town, acceptable alternatives may be approved by the Northbrook Pastor.
A wedding director chosen by the pastor of Northbrook UMC will assist in all weddings. She will work with the wedding party even when an outside consultant is used and she will conduct the rehearsal and direct the wedding ceremony.
It is required that the bride be in contact with the director at least 60 days in advance of the wedding and the rehearsal. It is the responsibility of the bride to make the contact with the director. The name and number will be provided by the church office.
The following guidelines have been set up by the Worship Committee of Northbrook UMC. It is the responsibility of the bride to see that all outside participants follow the guidelines set by Northbrook.
An appointment to reserve the use of church facilities should be made at the earliest possible date. At this time the Wedding Information Sheet should be completed and a deposit of $200 made. This can be done at the church office. The date and time selected should be agreeable to the wedding party, the officiating minister, accompanying musicians, and any others involved. The date will not be put on the church calendar until the information sheet is received and the deposit is made. Non-member weddings cannot be booked more than six months in advance. Weddings will not be scheduled for non-members during the month of December.
The music used in the ceremony should be appropriate for a sacred service. Most secular pop music is not considered appropriate. This is to be determined by the Music Minister with personal requests granted as is considered in good taste.
The organist of Northbrook will provide the music for the ceremony unless he or the Music Minister grants permission otherwise. Any additional soloists or instrumentalists must be approved by the Music Minister. It is the bride’s responsibility to coordinate these individuals.
A rehearsal will be set at a time convenient to parties involved. All members of the bridal party will be expected to attend and to be prompt. A maximum of one hour from the scheduled time will be allowed for the rehearsal.
No flash photos are to be taken during any part of the ceremony since this detracts from the religious nature of the service. Non-flash photos may be taken as long as it poses no distraction from the ceremony. The director has discretion over the use of cameras during the ceremony. All photographs involving members of the wedding party must be completed at least 40 minutes prior to the service. The wedding party may return to the Chancel after the ceremony for photographs. The wedding party should also advise guests of this policy. A video camera may be used but must remain stationary. Location will be determined by the director.
There are facilities that may be available for a reception following the ceremony for church members. Separate fees and guidelines are in effect for use of these facilities. The church office will provide this information upon request.