Weddings and Holy Unions

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Congratulations and best wishes on your engagement! We want to help make your ceremony a wonderful and memorable occasion for you. A wedding or holy union at CPC is a Christian service performed by a minister, and we expect that participants will treat it as a special and dignified occasion. (That doesn't mean you can't have fun!)

In addition to being one of the oldest churches in downtown Austin, we're also one of the busiest. So, please start by checking the availability of your preferred date(s) with our church secretary, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (512-472-2445). We encourage you to make an appointment with Win for a tour of the church and sanctuary at this time.

As long as at least one of you is Christian, the ceremony can take place at CPC. It’s not necessary to be a member of this church. Any Christian pastor may perform the ceremony; an Internet or mail-order ordination is not acceptable.

As a service of Christian worship, the marriage or holy union is under the direction of the pastor. Celebration of the Lord’s Supper at the marriage service requires the approval of the Session, and care shall be taken that all present are invited to participate.

Who Does What 

Pastor  

It is your responsibility to arrange the pastor – whether it is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or a guest Christian pastor. We have a list of retired pastors that are often available in case ours are not. As noted above, Internet ordinations of guest pastors are not acceptable.

Our pastors require three pre-marital counseling sessions with each couple for whom they perform a marriage or holy union.

CPC pastors may exercise discretion in scheduling, music, and other wedding content.

Wedding/holy union director

Use of one of CPC's wedding/holy union directors, is required for nonmembers and optional for members. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is our head wedding director and will be the main point of contact for any questions. Her phone number is 512-860-2244.

Our wedding/holy union director is for the rehearsal and ceremony only, not for all aspects of your wedding/holy union. He/she will facilitate the rehearsal (especially if there is a guest pastor) and ensure the procedures for photography/videography, decorations and parking are followed.

When an independent wedding coordinator is hired, he/she is welcome to attend the rehearsal as a guest. CPC's wedding director will direct the rehearsal and ceremony, especially in the case of a guest pastor. At the ceremony, the independent wedding director is welcome as an assistant for the couple.

Church secretary

Win Bent books dates and gives tours. The church office is open Mon.-Fri. 9:00-4:00 , and the phone number is 512-472-2445.

Organist

Nathan Quiring is CPC's organist and should also be contacted to confirm availability for the desired date. Also, please refer to the Music section for more information about a guest organist.

Timeline

Task

Deadline (time before ceremony)

Contact

Check date(s)

ASAP

Win Bent

Read all content on our website

ASAP

N/A

Attend at least one of our services

Recommended

N/A

Schedule a tour

ASAP

Win Bent

Submit reservation form (incl. pastor information) and applicable deposit

ASAP

Kathi Thomas

Schedule counseling sessions if using a CPC pastor

ASAP after date confirmation

Joseph Moore
or Kim Rogers

If using a guest organist, schedule consultation

Approx. 2 months

Nathan Quiring

Submit sheet music for any special requests.

1 month

Nathan Quiring

Provide name(s), contact information, and arrival time(s) for florist, decorator, photographer, and videographer, as applicable.

1 month

Kathi Thomas

Request additional time for ceremony, rehearsal, or reception, as applicable.

1 month (3 months if a holiday weekend)

Kathi Thomas

Request use of the nursery, if desired

1 month

Kathi Thomas

Arrange parking, if desired

3 weeks

Kathi Thomas

Submit information for the rehearsal

2 weeks

Kathi Thomas

All fees due

2 weeks

Kathi Thomas

Signed guidelines for flowers/decorations and photography/videography due

2 weeks

Kathi Thomas