So they are no longer two, but one.  Therefore, don’t let anyone separate what God has joined together.  (Matthew 19:6)

wedding handsThis is one of the most important times in your life, and we are pleased that you are considering St. Joe First UMC for your ceremony. A church wedding is a service of worship celebrating the most sacred human covenant between two people and God. During your wedding the blessing of God will be invoked on your love, your marriage, and your home. The sanction of the Christian church will be affirmed with reverence and faith. For your consideration, a  general overview of guidelines and fees is below.

Before the wedding

A couple should contact the pastor 3-4 months in advance. Pre-marital counseling is required. The pastor wants to know you and help you prepare for this important day in your lives. All discussions between you and the pastor will be kept confidential. Please have the photographer confer with the pastor regarding flash photography in the Sanctuary.

On the day of the wedding

Smoking, alcohol and drugs are not permitted on church property. Rice, confetti and birdseed are not to be thrown. We recommend bubbles.


Sanctuary usage fee* $ 300
Pastoral Honorarium $ 300
Organist Honorarium $ 200
Custodian $ 100
Wedding Coordinator $ 125
Prepare/Enrich $ 35

*Waived if bride, groom, or parents of the bride or groom are members of St. Joe First UMC. A $100 deposit received at the time of reservation secures your date on the church calendar. This nonrefundable deposit will be applied toward the total amount due. The balance should be received 30 days prior to the wedding date.

The church has a pair of brass candelabras and a brass unity candle that may be used. 

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St. Joe First UMC facilities,
made possible by the sacrificial
gifts of members for many years,
provides a beautiful and spiritual
setting for your wedding.

Please contact us for more information at:

St. Joseph First United Methodist Church
2950 Lakeview Avenue
St. Joseph, MI 49085
(269) 983-3929

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