Weddings

Your wedding is a joyous occasion for you and your family and friends.  We feel privileged that you are considering using our historic chapel at Trinity Episcopal Church for your wedding. When you marry under the auspices of the Episcopal Church you are implying your commitment to the Christian faith. Thus you are agreeing to the following:

  • Either the bride or the groom must have been baptized.
  • Completion of pre-marital counseling from the Pastoral Counseling Services of Maryland which you can arrange by calling 410-433-8861 ext 115. You will be expected to sign a “Declaration of Intention” to the effect that you subscribe to the teachings of the Church on marriage.
  • Providing our rector at least 30 days notice of your intention to be married.  You will need to provide more notice if either party is divorced.
  • Abiding by the canons and customs governing any formal and dignified service of worship or sacramental act as set forth in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer (1979) or otherwise specified by the clergy.

Contact our clergy at info@trinityelkridge.org or at the parish office at 410-220-3628 to coordinate a time to meet with her and to secure the date for your wedding. This will start the process of planning for your wedding as well as answering any questions that you may have regarding the wedding ceremony and the use of our church. Please note that you will need to acquire a marriage license from the County Courthouse.You must provide the marriage license to Rev. Anne prior to the wedding rehearsal. It is recommended that you purchase the wedding license at least one month prior to the wedding date.

Some other details that you may be interested in knowing:

The church is automatically reserved prior to the date of your wedding for the wedding rehearsal.  All participants included in the wedding ceremony are required to attend. The clergy will use this time to walk everyone through the entire ceremony.

Flowers and Church Decorations:

The Altar Guild is responsible for preparing the altar for church services and our Altar Guild Chair, Victoria Willard, will work with you to prepare for your wedding ceremony. The church will provide altar flowers for the wedding.  The altar flowers will remain in the church after the ceremony for the Sunday service that follows and we will work with you to incorporate particular flowers or colors if possible. You may add additional floral displays and decorations with the permission of Ms. Willard.  We’re sorry, but due to the historic nature of our church, you may not affix tape, glue, or hangers to any surface in the church.  If you have decorations delivered to the church, a member of the wedding party must be designated to place them and to remove them.  With the exception of altar flowers which must remain in the church for the next service, all floral decorations, pew bows, etc.  must be removed after the wedding.

If bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, etc. are delivered to the church, a member of the wedding party must be designated as responsible for distributing them.

Music:

Music is a wonderful expression of the joy of the occasion.  Because the wedding ceremony is a worship service, the music must be a suitable part of the service. Nina Stepniak, Trinity’s organist and director of music, will be happy to work with you in selecting the right music for your ceremony.

In addition to the organ, other instruments, as well as choral and/or solo music may be used with the approval of Rev. Anne and Ms. Stepniak. The church can lend you a recording of wedding music to help you make your selections.

Photography:

Your wedding ceremony is a joyous and solemn worship service of great meaning to you, your family and your friends. Your photographer may take photographs unobtrusively from the back of the church prior to the ceremony and during the wedding procession and during the recessional.  Photos taken during the ceremony must be taken without flash and the photographer must not obstruct the view of guests seated in the last pews.  These rules apply to everyone, including family and friends, as well as professional photographers.

We realize this is your special day, hence the clergy will pose for any desired photographs after the service has ended so that you can capture moments of particular importance to you.

Videotaping:

Please advise your videographer that he or she may only film your wedding from the back of the church in such a manner that he does not obstruct the view of any guest and that there may be no lighting other than the light provided by the church fixtures.

Parish Hall Rental:

You may want to consider having your rehearsal dinner or your wedding reception in the Trinity Parish Hall.  The Parish Hall, is located beside the church and connected by a covered hallway making it a convenient location for a wedding reception.  Rental of the Hall includes use of the catering kitchen, round tables and comfortable chairs.

Fees: 

For a Wedding in the Historic Chapel:

$ 750 for Non-members.  This includes the services of the clergy, organist, the flowers and cleaning fee.

$ 250 for Members.  This includes the services of the clergy, organist, flowers and cleaning fee.

For Rental Fees for the Parish hall for your reception or rehearsal dinner, please call the church office.