A wedding ceremony is a worship service. Please keep the atmosphere and characteristics of a place of worship in mind when planning the style and number of decorations. Decorations should serve to enhance a service of sacred commitment rather than serve as a distraction.
The Church Furniture
The church furnishings central to worship in the Sanctuary or Chapel may not be moved (e.g., pulpit, altar, baptismal font, etc.). You may, however, move flower stands if needed.
Altar & Cross
No flowers, palms, potted greenery, or candelabras may be placed in front of the altar or on the altar. No decorative items may be placed between the altar and the cross. The view of the cross cannot be obscured and should remain the focal point of any worship service. Altar paraments will be white during the wedding and will be changed before and after the wedding by the Worship Committee and wedding hostess. The cross and candles on the altar table CANNOT be removed.
of the Year
(Advent, Christmas, Easter)
Wesley is first and foremost a worshiping community of faith. At certain times of the year, the Sanctuary may be decorated for special seasons. Advent and Christmas extend from Thanksgiving until the first week of January. Lent and Easter vary. Wesley’s Sanctuary will be decorated for these seasons and decorations shall not be moved. Please inquire ahead if you plan to use Wesley UMC during these seasons.
These are a permanent part of the Sanctuary and cannot be moved. No decorative item(s) may be placed on them. Please note - the church does not have a moveable kneeling bench. Should you choose to use a kneeler in the service, please see your florist or a rental supply company for this item.
Hardwood Floors, Pews, & Walls
Special care should be taken to protect the hardwood floors, pews and walls. No hooks, etc., can be placed on the wooden ends of the pews. Any damage incurred will be the responsibility of the person who reserved the church. DO NOT use nails, tacks, glue, staples, tape, hooks, screws, velcro, or any other item which would leave a permanent mark, no matter how small.
All potted plants must be in clean, waterproof containers. Under no circumstances should any potted plant be placed directly on the hardwood floors, furniture, pads or any other Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica property. Care should be taken so that ferns, palms, and other decorations do not block the view of the musician(s) or the entrance or movement of the officiating minister.