Steps in preparing for your wedding at St. Stephen's:
1. Two months before your wedding, fill out an Application for Marriage and the Declaration of Intent and return it to the parish office with a deposit of $500. If this is a remarriage for either party, submit a copy of your divorce decree with your application. You will be furnished the Application for Remarriage form after your first meeting with the Clergy. After these are returned, a rehearsal and wedding date will be reserved on the church’s calendar.
2. Well in advance of the wedding date, schedule pre-marital counseling with a member of the clergy. If you live in Southeast Florida your pre-marital counseling will be conducted by a member of the St. Stephen’s clergy and will require several sessions. If you live outside of Southeast Florida, you may receive pre-marital counseling from an Episcopal priest where you live. He/she will need to furnish the officiating clergy at St. Stephen’s a letter stating that pre-marital counseling has been completed.
3. Clear all arrangements for the Service of Holy Matrimony with the Rector, including the use of videographers, photographers, etc. Flash photography is allowed during the entrance and departure of the wedding party and videographers are permitted in the church’s balcony.
4. You may contact the Organist, Dr. Dan Hardin (305) 348-6582 regarding musical arrangements and selection for your service. Dr. Hardin will guide you in a selection of music appropriate to the sacramental nature of the service.
5. Obtain a Florida state marriage license and submit it to the Parish Office at least five days before your scheduled wedding date.
6. Be sure to pay all fees no later than five days before your scheduled wedding date.
Your wedding at St. Stephen’s includes:
- use of chapel or sanctuary for wedding
- use of chapel or sanctuary for rehearsal
- clergy participation
- member of the church’s wedding guild to assist before and during the service
- Sexton to set up beforehand and clean up afterwards
- Rental of the church's parking lot for wedding guests
Please do not throw rice anywhere on the premises. It is difficult to clean up and dangerous to birds.
Expenses and Customary Donations