your marriage –
for those who are not members of the parish
There are many people who choose Aspen for a destination wedding. We are pleased that you would like to be married in Aspen and we will do everything we can to help you. The celebration of your marriage is a unique moment in your life, and preparation for it is important.
The Episcopal Church specifies that there be at least 30 days notice given to the priest before he may officiate at any marriage. Therefore, it is important for you to make an appointment with our rector, Fr. Brice (or other clergy designated by him) immediately so that he may meet you and plan for pre-marital counseling with you and your future spouse. Church Law requires that the clergy see both of you personally and provide pre-marital instruction before giving permission for a marriage to be solemnized in the church. In situations where the couple to be married are living someplace other than Aspen, they should receive their pre-marital instruction from a priest in that area. Fr. Brice will be glad to make an initial contact on your behalf if you will furnish him with the name of the nearest Episcopal Church and its rector. Prior to the wedding, Fr. Brice must receive a letter from the priest who conducted the pre-marital counseling certifying that the counseling has been completed and that the priest who did the counseling recommends that the couple be married.
Persons who have been previously married and divorced should bring a copy of their final divorce decree to the first meeting with the priest. The Episcopal Church accepts the civil process for dissolution of marriage, but the consent of the Bishop must be obtained before re-marriage in the church.
When the marriage is celebrated at a place other that the church, such as on Aspen Mountain or at a lodge or private home, the rite is always without the Holy Eucharist. When the marriage is celebrated in the church, the rite may include the Holy Eucharist if both bride and groom have been baptized.
if the marriage rite
is to be celebrated somewhere other than the church
if the marriage rite is to be celebrated
in christ church itself
Marriages are wonderful celebrations, but marriage is also a solemn, sacramental rite of the Church. A reverent, worshipful atmosphere should be maintained at all times in the church, and especially during and prior to the actual ceremony.
The bride and groom may designate one official photographer who is permitted to take pictures during the ceremony. No one else should be taking pictures. Except for a shot of the bridal couple as they start up the aisle, there should be no pictures using flash or strobe taken in the church by the official photographer (or by anyone else) until after the marriage is over and the newlyweds are going down the aisle to leave the church. A video camera may be used if the location is unobtrusive and approved by the rector-elect. Following the service, the clergy will be happy to cooperate with photographers for whatever posed pictures are desired.
Rice, birdseed, or confetti may not be thrown within the building or on the church grounds. The marriage license should be presented to the priest at least two days prior to the rehearsal so that it might be properly filled in by the parish secretary. The official records of the marriage will be signed immediately following the ceremony.
By policy, the church music director, Molly Noel (617-901-4323), plays for all weddings held in Christ Church itself and is present at rehearsals. The fee for Ms. Noel's services is negotiated with her and depends on the amount of music, number of soloists involved, number of rehearsals, etc. The music director’s fee is payable at the time of the wedding. All music arrangements are made through the church music director.