Give them wisdom and devotion in the ordering of their common life, that each may be to the other a strength in need, a counselor in perplexity, a comfort in sorrow, and a companion in joy. Amen. (BCP p. 429)
We celebrate the sacrament of Holy Matrimony at special events called “weddings.” But the sacrament itself is displayed through the loving relationship of the married couple throughout their lifetimes. The italicized words above come from the prayers during the wedding ceremony, also called “The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage.” This prayer shows some of the relational signposts of the sacramental life into which married couples are called. Being married in the setting of the church recognizes and celebrates God’s sustaining presence in your love. As you embark upon your married life together, we at St. Stephen’s welcome you into our church to celebrate your wedding!
Here are answers to a few questions about which you may be wondering. For a more detailed description of our wedding policy, along with a fee structure and forms to fill out, please see below to download our wedding booklet.
May we get married at St. Stephen’s even if we’re not members?
Yes, you can. One member of the couple needs to be a baptized Christian, but neither needs to be an Episcopalian.
How early do we have to reserve the church?
We don’t have a set policy on this, but as Cohasset is an idyllic spot to get married, you may want to lock in a date on the early side. A year before your proposed date is a good rule of thumb.
How do we reserve our date?
Call the church office during business hours (M-F, 9-3:30). We’ll check the schedule, then pencil you in. Our number is (781) 383-1083. After reserving your date, please send your paperwork to our office during the next 10 business days. The paperwork can be found at the back of the wedding booklet, which you can download below.
Is pre-marital counseling mandatory?
Yes, it is. Our clergy will schedule three to five counseling sessions with you in the months leading up to your wedding date. If you live far away, you can arrange (with our approval) to have a priest closer to where you live lead your sessions.
How many people does your church hold?
St. Stephen’s comfortably holds 200 people.
How much does it cost to get married at St. Stephen’s?
The current fee structure is part of the wedding booklet, which you can download below.
Click here to download our wedding booklet, which includes all forms to be mailed to St. Stephen’s to reserve your wedding date.
Click here to download our Wedding Service Planner, which will outline all the final details of your wedding ceremony.