Welcoming. Nurturing. Serving.
A Christian wedding ceremony is a celebration of lasting significance for the bride and groom, as well as their families and friends. The Fairlington United Methodist Church welcomes people from all backgrounds who seek God’s blessing for married love, and wish to have a wedding ceremony in keeping with Christian practices.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q - How do I inquire about weddings and/or schedule a date for my wedding?
A - Contact the church office. We will answer your questions and check the calendar before you speak to the pastor. This Fairlington Wedding Information Packet outlines the simple steps you can take for planning your wedding ceremony, as well as rules, fees, etc... You are welcome to come and see our facility during church office hours, M-F 10am - 4pm.
Q - Do you allow weddings for non-members?
A - Yes. Those who wish to prepare for a life of married love are welcome.
Q - Do you have weekday weddings?
A - Yes. We do arrange to have small chapel weddings during the week based upon the schedule of the Pastors. Generally these services do not require music or the services of other staff.
Q - What is the legal requirement for marriage?
A - Our Pastors are bonded to perform weddings in any jurisdiction within the Commonwealth of Virginia. You are required to have a current Virginia marriage license issued by the Clerk of Courts.
Q - How far in advance can I book a date for my wedding?
A - Wedding dates may be booked up to one year in advance.
Q - Do I need to make a deposit to confirm my date?
A - Yes. Your date on the wedding calendar will be initially scheduled as a “tentative date”. Your date is listed as a “scheduled date” after we have received the deposit, the Wedding Information Form and the Policy Agreement Form. We release your tentative date if the deposit and the form are not received within two weeks from the time you scheduled.
Q - May I bring my own minister to perform the ceremony?
A - It is expected that either the Lead Pastor or Associate Pastor of this congregation will officiate at all weddings. Guest ministers may assist our pastor with prior approval of the Pastor.
Q - May I use my own organist?
A - The Fairlington UMC Director of Music, or someone appointed by her, will be consulted and play for all weddings which require such services. All guest musicians must be approved by the Director of Music.
Q - What are the fees and services provided?
A - The fees and services are included in the Wedding Information Packet. If you cannot download a copy here, contact the church office at 703.671.8557 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q - I plan to have my own wedding planner. Do I need to have a wedding coordinator from the congregation?
A - Yes. All weddings are scheduled through our Lead Wedding Coordinator. She will assign a personal coordinator who has been trained for this role in the church. The coordinator serves as a liaison between the Pastor, the church and the wedding party. The coordinator is knowledgeable about the church guidelines and will assist you in making plans that meet the guidelines. She will also be present during both the rehearsal and the wedding to assist you and your family and friends in having a worry-free wedding.
Q - Does the church provide a place for receptions?
A - The church has a fellowship hall, please speak to the pastor or wedding coordinator.