Southminster United Church
6801 Hagar Avenue
Niagara Falls Ontario
L2G 5M5
(905) 354-2125
Contact Reverend Sherry Fugard

Congratulations on your engagement . . . and Welcome!

We hope that as a church, we can support you at this time in making preparations for your wedding and throughout your married life. We offer you the following guidelines to assist you in your preparations as you consider having you wedding ceremony at Southminster.

The first step in planning your wedding will be to arrange for an interview with our Minister, the Rev. Sherry Fugard. The interview is in two parts. First, the Minister will ask you to talk about yourselves as individuals, about your relationship, and about your hopes and plans for the future. Depending upon your situation, the Minister may recommend that you attend a marriage preparation seminar and will provide you with further details. Second, the Minister will ask you to talk about your plans for the wedding ceremony and will then discuss your plans and any further necessary arrangements.

You will need a marriage license (valid for three months from the date of purchase), which may be obtained at the City Clerk's Office, 4310 Queen St., Niagara Falls, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost (at the time of this publication) is $100 and is expected in cash. The marriage license should be hand-delivered to the church office (open Tuesdays and Fridays 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.), as soon as possible after purchase.

All people taking an active part in the wedding ceremony should attend the rehearsal.

You may video-tape the ceremony (stationary camera only). The camera operator should also attend the rehearsal, in order to discuss with the Minister the most suitable vantage point.

So as to not spoil the sanctity of your wedding ceremony, still pictures (except for a professional photographer) may only be taken as the wedding party comes down the aisle, during the signing of the register, during the unity candle-lighting (if part of the service), and during the recessional.

Confetti may not be used in the church or on the church grounds.

Also, please note that Southminster United Church is a smoke free facility. The Government of Ontario Marriage Act requires that no wedding will be performed for persons who have consumed alcohol or are being served alcohol prior to the wedding.