Guidelines for the photographer | Vendor Return Form
A wedding ceremony at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church is a religious service. The following guidelines are designed to maintain the worship atmosphere and clarify the church’s expectations for photographers working at St. Luke’s weddings. Photographers are expected to cooperate with St. Luke’s staff and Wedding Guild volunteers.
- Photography may begin two hours before the hour of the wedding service. All photography must be completed at least 30 minutes prior to the wedding service.
- The photographer may take pictures before the wedding in any available part of the building not in use by another program.
- Photography is not permitted in the Sanctuary/Chapel from ½ hour before the hour of the wedding through the conclusion of the Recessional. Photos may be made during the service from the balcony of the Sanctuary and from the Narthex of the Sanctuary/Chapel, providing there is no flash, noise or other distraction.
- Photography is permissible in the Narthex during the Processional and Recessional providing the photographer does not impede the progress of the wedding party entering or leaving the Sanctuary/Chapel.
- When the center doors are open the photographer may stand in the Narthex doorway to photograph but may not enter the Sanctuary/Chapel.
- The bridal party may return to the Sanctuary/Chapel including the altar area after the recessional to re-create any part of the service. Generally, 30 minutes is allotted for photographs after the service.
- Standing on or placing camera equipment on the pews or furniture in the church is strictly prohibited. Standing on pew cushions or kneelers is prohibited. The kneelers may be moved to accommodate photography of large wedding parties.
- The photographer may bring a small ladder or step-stool to stand on.
- Photographers will be offered areas where their equipment may be stored for the duration of the wedding but St. Luke’s assumes no responsibility for securing any equipment.
- wedding but St. Luke’s assumes no responsibility for securing any equipment.
Photographers failing to abide by these guidelines will not be allowed to return to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and families scheduling weddings in the church will be informed. Photographers should complete all of the information on the Photographer’s form and return it at least 2 weeks prior to the wedding to the Wedding Coordinator.
Guidelines for the videographer | vendor return form
A wedding ceremony at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church is a religious service. The following guidelines are designed to maintain the worship atmosphere and clarify the church’s expectations for videographers working at St. Luke’s weddings. All videographers, amateur and professional, are expected to cooperate with St. Luke’s staff and Wedding Guild volunteers.
One stationary video camera with videographer is allowed and must be located on the right hand side of the Narthex (at the back of the Chapel behind the glass wall). Cameras may not be placed in the Chancel area.
Video cameras and videographers are allowed in the balcony. One un-attended video camera is allowed in a stationary position on the chancel behind the pulpit.
- Videography may begin 2 hours before the start of the service.
- The videographer is free to videotape throughout the church until 30 minutes before the start of the wedding. At that time, the videographer (and all equipment) must be outside the Sanctuary or Chapel.
- Videotaping inside the Sanctuary or Chapel is allowed following the service when the music has ended and guests have left.
- Placing equipment on the pews or furniture and standing on the pew cushions or kneelers is prohibited at all times.
- Videotaping must not involve any lighting changes or additional portable lighting. Please do not unplug or move St. Luke’s equipment.
- A wireless microphone is permitted on the groom as long as it is set at a different frequency from the wireless microphones used by the ministers.
- No roaming is allowed during the wedding service.
Videographers failing to abide by these guidelines will not be allowed to return to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and families scheduling weddings in the church will be informed. Videographers should complete all of the information on the Videographer’s form and return it at least 2 weeks prior to the wedding to the Wedding Coordinator.
Guidelines for the florist | vendor return form
St. Luke’s encourages decorations that enhance the beauty of the church Sanctuary (seating capacity 1100) and Chapel (seating capacity 100). We wish to focus on the appeal of the church setting and avoid decorations that de-emphasize the symbols in the church, or detract from the simple dignity and elegance that should characterize a wedding service.
Church furnishings may not be moved. Church seasonal decorations may not be moved. No decoration may be used which will hide the worship symbols in the chancel, such as the cross, the Bible, pulpit, or lectern. Tacks, pins, nails and glue may not be used to fasten decorations to the furniture, furnishings or building. Aisle cloths may not be used. Flower Girls may not drop petals.
Floral installation should be scheduled for 2 hours before to the start time of the wedding so that all decorations, boutonnieres and bouquets are in place for pre-wedding photography. Installation and cleanup must be completed no later than 1½ hour before the wedding is scheduled to begin. Florists are expected to clean up clippings and other debris from their preparations leaving the Sanctuary or Chapel clean and ready for the wedding service. Contact the Wedding Coordinator if other arrangements are necessary.
Floral removal should be scheduled for immediately following the service and photography (approximately one hour after the hour of the service). All flower arrangements, vases, candle stands and other decorations used in the service should be removed and the Church property must be left in the condition in which it was found. Flowers remaining after the wedding will be distributed to homebound church members when possible.
Sanctuary altar floral arrangements (NEW for 2015)
Two arrangements of fresh flowers and greenery may be prepared in J5 mache containers which will fit into the two brass urns (18 inches tall) that are displayed on the free standing floor pedestals (36” tall) located on either side of the altar. The floral arrangements may be round or flat on the back.
Chapel altar floral arrangement
A single floral arrangement of fresh flowers and greenery may be prepared in a J4 mache container which will fit in the brass urn (14 inches tall) that is placed on the small shelf behind the altar. It must fit between the candelabra and must not interfere with or present a fire-hazard. The arrangement must be flat on the back in order to fit on the shelf which is only8” deep.
Pew bows with greenery or flowers may be used in either the Sanctuary or Chapel. The pew markers may be attached by ribbon to the pew ends. Pew decorations may not touch the floor or be so large as to interfere with the procession of the wedding party down the center aisle.
There are 25 rows in the sanctuary. There is a center aisle and there are 2 side aisles.
There are 11 rows in the chapel. There is a center aisle and there are no side aisles.
St. Luke’s encourages the use of battery operated candles or candles in hurricane shades or votive cups. The use of any candles or candelabra must be approved in advance. No candles may be placed in the aisles. The church provides candles for the church candelabras which are on the altar. The florist is responsible for furnishing any other candles to be used.
Candles and/or floral and greenery decorations may be placed in the six window sills in the Chapel. The sills are 9½ inches deep.
A Unity Candle stand and the two side candles can be provided by the church. The florist or bride is responsible for providing the center candle (and tapers if they come as a set). The center candle will be returned to the bride and groom immediately following the ceremony.
Candelabra may be placed in the area between the communion rail and the chancel rail. The air conditioning vents in the chancel areas blow directly on the area where candelabra are to be placed which often causes the candles to blow out during the service, therefore they are discouraged. Adequate polyethylene or similar plastic material must be placed under the candelabra to protect the church floor. The florist is responsible for cleaning any wax from the floor or furniture and will be held responsible for any damage. The use of greenery or flowers to decorate the candelabra stands must not present a fire-hazard.
Please complete all of the information on this form and return it at least 2 weeks prior to the wedding.
Florists failing to abide by these rules will not be allowed to return to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and families scheduling weddings in the church will be informed. Email or call the Wedding Coordinator with questions or to discuss any other requested wedding decorations.