Holy Matrimony

A Joyful Celebration in the House of God

Saint Mark’s offers our services for weddings to those who are active members of our parish and to their children or grandchildren, members of other Episcopal churches who for some reason require a different location, or anyone actively exploring Saint Mark’s as their parish home. This sacrament is celebrated for couples of both different and the same sex.

The Episcopal Church does allow for marriage of divorced persons. However, if one or both of you has been married once before, the process requires consent of the Bishop after recommendation by the clergy. Ninety days is needed between the time of your first meeting with the clergy and your wedding date, in order to do the work necessary to obtain the Bishop’s approval.

In the Diocese of Southern Ohio, the Bishop will not approve any third, fourth or more marriages, and so we are unable to offer the sacrament to you if either of you has been married and divorced more than once. The church may bless a Civil Service after the period of one year.

For the Engaged Couple

Richardson_Christopher and Sheena_Wedding-674Congratulations to both of you on your decision to make this important commitment to each other in the presence of God, your friends and family and the wider community of faith. Christian marriage is both a sacrament of the church and a vocation for Christians. Sacrament and vocation are of primary importance, so your co-operation is needed in making your wedding at the Church a holy and joyful worship service.

Marriage is also a wonderful opportunity for people who may have drifted away from the church to return, and in many cases to re-connect with a Christian family for fellowship, education and the support of a worshipful community.

We have prepared a booklet to assist you in working with us as a team: to know what we expect from you, and what you can expect from us as you prepare for your wedding day. Certain practices must be followed from your initial contact with the church until you recess down the aisle as husband and wife. In turn, the clergy, music director, and wedding coordinator all look forward to helping you in any way possible to insure that your wedding day is as joyful and meaningful as you hope it will be.

Click here to view the “Preparing for Your Marriage” Booklet.347_web

Click here for the Declaration of Intention form.

Click here for the Marriage Information form.

Click here for recommended music for weddings at Saint Mark’s.

Click here to view suggested Marriage Service Scripture.

The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage 2  (a new resource from General Convention in 2015 based on the BCP and with gender-neutral language).

Complete an online application for Holy Matrimony here.