Weddings

Wedding at All Saints'. Photo courtesy of Donna and John MitchellWe welcome the opportunity to discuss your wedding with you and hope that this information will answer some of the questions you may have about celebrating your wedding at All Saints’. What follows applies to all couples seeking to have their relationships blessed in our midst.

Wedding Policies and Procedures

For information about weddings, please click on the following topics.

Membership Requirements

Weddings at All Saints’ are for current members and their immediate families. In the Episcopal tradition, a wedding is a sacrament and one of the moments, like baptism or communion, that bind the couple and the community together by the grace of God. Our hope and expectation is that couples being married at All Saints’ are and will continue to be involved in the life of the church. One should be a member at least six months before scheduling a wedding at All Saints’.

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Who May be Married at All Saints’

The Episcopal Church requires that at least one of the parties to be a baptized Christian and that the marriage conform to the laws of the State and the canons of the Church. We use the liturgies for marriage authorized by the Episcopal Church, which include liturgies for same-sex couples.

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Scheduling Your Wedding

Contact Mark Wirtz at mwirtz@allsaintsatlanta.org or 404—267—4270 to inquire about dates and times, then after you discuss your intention to get married with a member of the clergy, we can finalize your reservation.

You may be married at All Saints’ at a time available on the parish calendar with the following exceptions: the season of Lent and within one week of Christmas or Easter. Under normal circumstances we need at least three months’ notice of your desire to be married. We can schedule weddings as far out as 18 months in advance in the church or the chapel and as late as 6:00 p.m. with rehearsals scheduled at 5:00 p.m. the previous day.

A deposit of 50% of the flat wedding fee is due upon your reservation and is refundable upon cancelation within a minimum of three months before your wedding day.

The church seats a maximum of 440 people and the chapel 120 people.

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Clergy

An All Saints’ staff clergyperson will officiate your wedding. The clergy are assigned to be available for weddings on a rotating basis. You may consult with your officiating priest if you desire to have a clergyperson from another church participate in the service.

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Pre-Marital Counseling and Workshops

We expect you to participate regularly in worship, and we require three pre-marital sessions, each lasting approximately one hour with your officiating priest. In addition, your priest may ask you to participate in a Couples’ Workshop or to receive additional outside counseling.

Occasionally, it will be difficult for a couple to be in Atlanta on a regular basis before their wedding. If this is the case, a person mutually agreeable to you and the officiating clergy may prepare you for marriage.

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Flowers

The All Saints’ Flower Guild will provide the altar flowers for your wedding. The altar flowers from your wedding will then become a gift to the parish, and will remain on the altar for Sunday worship. Following Sunday services, these flowers will be taken to people who are sick and homebound.

The altar flowers are the only major arrangements permitted in the church, with a few exceptions. You may ask your florist to design some pew markers for the family’s pews and a single external arrangement which may be placed either on the rail by the ramp or one of the front doors or in the covered porch (but no more than one arrangement outside). Your florist will need to use hangers for the arrangements as we have no nails affixed to our doors or pews. In addition, your florist will need to remove the arrangements immediately following the ceremony. Neither our sextons nor volunteers from the flower or wedding guilds are available to take care of that.

Floral Designers who are familiar with our church space:

Carson Drury
carsondrury@yahoo.com
404—446—3600

Jeryl Johnson
johnsonjeryl@aol.com
404—584—7303

Alvin Moore
alvin@alvinmoore.com
678—984—7936

Members of the Flower Guild are volunteer parishioners, and to respect their privacy, we do not permit couples to contact those who will be arranging your flowers. You may communicate any floral schemes or preferences to Mark Wirtz two months prior to the wedding, and he will communicate those to the Flower Guild. The Flower Guild will do their utmost to accommodate your requests within their budget.

The only candles used are those on the altar.

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Photography and Videography

We ask that your guests take no photographs or videos during worship. Your photographer may take one picture with flash as the couple leaves the church and will be given the opportunity to take one or two silent photographs without flash from behind the congregation during the ceremony. The photographer needs to remain behind the congregation, stationary and silent.

Our facilities (the church and Egleston Hall) will be available for your use one hour before your wedding and thirty minutes after for any additional pictures you desire.

Stationary video equipment may be used in the church, although no extra lighting may be added. We have found that a good quality professional camera is more than adequate for the job.

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Wedding Guild and Coordinators

A member of the All Saints’ Wedding Guild will contact the couple no later than the Tuesday prior to the wedding to gather information to help the guild assist in your wedding.

If you are planning to use an outside wedding coordinator, please provide Mark Wirtz with their contact information at least two months prior to your wedding, and he will contact them directly to discuss Church policy and procedure.

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Music

Any music must be selected in conjunction with Ray Chenault, our organist. He or his associates will play for your wedding or arrange for a qualified substitute in their absence. Please listen to the music CD enclosed in your wedding packet. It includes portions of more than a dozen wedding preludes, processionals and recessionals from which to choose. You may also listen to the same music samples online at allsaintsatlanta.org/wedding-music. After listening to the music recordings and circling the selections on the music sheet, please contact Mr. Chenault at rchenaultduo@gmail.com or 404—267—4261 to discuss your music at least one month prior to your wedding.

If you want a vocalist or instrumentalist, Mr. Chenault will identify and contact a professional musician for you. Vocalists are generally chosen from the All Saints’ choir and instrumentalists from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. If you wish to use musicians of your own choosing, please discuss it with Mr. Chenault.

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Wedding Fee Structure

We consider your marriage service a gift to you from your community of faith, so we do not charge for the ceremony, the use of the church, or a Eucharistic minister or acolyte if your officiating priest determines one is necessary.

The flat wedding fee includes a clergy honorarium, couples workshop, organist, altar flowers, our wedding coordinators, security guard and sexton. There is no charge for the ceremony, church building, or Eucharistic minister or acolyte if the officiating priest determines the need for one. A deposit of 50% of the flat wedding fee is due upon your reservation and is refundable upon cancelation within a minimum of three months before your wedding day.

Pledging Members
$2000 — flat fee that includes one hour before and 30 minutes after the ceremony
Non-Pledging Members
$3000 — flat fee that includes one hour before and 30 minutes after the ceremony and includes a tax-deductible $1000 donation to the ministries of All Saints’
Additional Fees
  • $200 — per additional hour should you choose more time before or after your ceremony
  • $150 — soloist
  • $300 — instrumentalist

You are welcome to discuss any of the fees with the officiating priest if your circumstances make them prohibitive.

Payment of all fees is due in the church office one month prior to the ceremony. Please make your check payable to
All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308, and indicate your wedding date in the memo line.

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Receptions

After contacting Mark Wirtz at mwirtz@allsaintsatlanta.org or 404—267—4270 to inquire about availability on the parish calendar, make arrangements for your reception by contacting Lauri Begley at lbegley@allsaintsatlanta.org or 404—267—4273.

Ellis Hall seats a maximum of 200 for a seated dinner and 175 with a dance floor and large band. We provide tables, chairs and buffet tables. Your caterer will need to provide linens, plates, glasses, silverware and serving pieces. If using our kitchen ovens, the caterer needs to provide a check for a refundable $150 deposit and provide a certificate of liability insurance at least three weeks before the wedding. All Saints’ has grand piano but does not have a dance floor, stage, or sound equipment for DJ or band use. Receptions end no later than 9:00 p.m.

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Reception Fee Structure

The flat fee for receptions includes a four-hour hall rental, security and sextons. A $1000 deposit, deducted from the flat reception fee, is due upon reserving the hall and is refundable upon cancelation within a minimum of three months before your wedding day. These fees are applicable to both pledging and non-pledging members.

Reception Flat Fee
$2300 — flat fee for a four-hour hall rental
Additional Fees
  • $150 — refundable security deposit paid by caterer if using our kitchen ovens
  • $200 — per additional hour
  • $300 — additional security if using the Kennedy Courtyard
  • $350 — additional sexton if using the Kennedy Courtyard
  • $150 — refundable security deposit paid separately by the caterer if using the ovens

Additional fees over those listed above may apply depending on the size and scope of the reception.

Contact Lauri Begley at lbegley@allsaintsatlanta.org or 404—267—4273 to make arrangements for your reception.

Payment of all fees is due in the church office one month prior to the ceremony. Please make your check payable to
All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308, and indicate your wedding date in the memo line.

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