The Christian Wedding
Old Dutch Church, Kingston, New York
The sanctuary of the Old Dutch Church provides a beautiful space in which to be married. We believe that all the love in the universe is grounded in God's love: "We love because God first loved us." Christian marriage is a covenant made by two persons before God and human witnesses in a service of public worship. By being married in the Church, you begin your lives together with the tangible blessing of the Triune God, and with the support of a community. Your marriage ceremony will seal your life together, not only legally, but also as partners who seek to live from and manifest the grace and love of God. A member of the ministry staff of the Old Dutch Church will officiate at your wedding, and will meet with you to prepare you for marriage through conversation and counseling, and to plan your wedding service. If you wish to have another member of the clergy share in the service, you can arrange this with the minister you will be working with.
Please complete and return the enclosed Wedding Confirmation form, which will be signed and dated and your ceremony entered on the Church calendar. A copy of the form will then be returned to you. When you receive the copy of the form, your wedding date and time are confirmed and you may proceed with the rest of your wedding plans (e.g. reception, invitations, etc.). Six months prior to your wedding, please arrange to meet with a member of the ministry staff.
Ordinarily, the organist of the Old Dutch Church will supply the music for weddings within the church, unless alternate arrangements are made. When you and the minister have agreed on a basic plan for your wedding service, you are welcome to meet with the organist who will assist in choosing music. The organist is also willing to select the music for the service if you prefer.
The sexton of the Old Dutch Church will place "Reserved Parking" bags over the meters on the day of your wedding. He will open the church an hour or so before the ceremony, be on hand for any floral deliveries, turn on the required heat and lights, and cleanup after the ceremony.
The rehearsal normally will take place on the evening before the wedding at 6:00 p.m. unless otherwise arranged, and should include all principle participants. The marriage license should be brought at that time.
The decorations for your wedding are your responsibility but their placement should be discussed with the minister. The candles in the Sanctuary may be used, if desired. For environmental reasons, balloons are not allowed, and no rice or birdseed should be thrown within or outside the church.
In order to assure the decorum of your wedding, experience has taught us some simple rules should be provided for photographers.
1. Photographs may be taken PRIOR to the beginning of the ceremony at any place in the building or church yard.
2. Following the processional, once the wedding party has formed in the chancel of the church, there will be no flash photographs of any kind, by professionals, family, or friends. Non-flash, available-light photographs may be taken by professional photographers from the balcony.
3. The use of video is permitted but must be done in good taste and with discretion.
4. At the conclusion of the ceremony, following the receiving line, the bridal party and relatives may re-form in the Sanctuary for photographs.
A non-refundable deposit of $250 ($150 for Church Family) may be paid at the time the wedding date is set, but must be paid no later than three months prior to the wedding; the balance must be paid at least one month before the ceremony. Checks should be made payable to Old Dutch Church. The fees are as follows:
Those who ARE NOT a part of the Church Family: $1000.00
Services of the Minister $300.00
Use of the Church $400.00
Sexton Services $150.00
Services of the Organist $150.00
Non-refundable Deposit - $250.00
Balance due 1 month before wedding $750.00
Those who ARE a part of the Church Family*: $300.00
Services of the Minister No set fee
Services of the Organist $150.00
Use of the Church & Sexton Services $150.00
Non-refundable Deposit - $150.00
Balance due 1 month before wedding $150.00
*PLEASE NOTE: In order to qualify for Church Family fee schedule, either the bride or the groom must be an active member of the Old Dutch Church for a minimum of one year. Informal weddings, at which no more than 12 people will be in attendance (no organist or sexton services), have a set fee of $400.00
To request that an Old Dutch Church Wedding Packet be mailed to you, please click here.