Weddings

Planning a wedding is an exciting but sometimes stressful task. Our goal at Cuyahoga Valley Church (CVC) is to make your wedding ceremony planning as stress-free as possible.

Basics
A wedding ceremony that takes place in a church is more than a legal contract. It is a worshipful celebration that makes a statement before God and the congregation that the couple desires their marriage to honor and be blessed by God. At CVC we believe God ordained marriage between a man and a woman.

Reserving the Church
Those who are members or regular attenders may reserve the church up to one year in advance. Our Worship Center seats approximately 600 on the main level and 140 in the balcony.
Pastor
It is the couple’s responsibility to contact and schedule a marrying pastor. Elders of CVC have asked the Senior Pastor to perform ceremonies for members only. Other members of the pastoral staff may perform ceremonies for members and regular attenders. The officiating pastor will not attend the reception unless invited to do so. As a general rule, our pastoral staff will not perform ceremonies for those outside the ministry of CVC. Upon request, a pastor from another church may be used with prior approval from our ministry staff.
Before “I Do” Premarital Course
We require all couples marrying at CVC to complete the Before “I Do” premarital course. This 7-week course, offered twice a year, gives couples a chance to prepare for marriage by discussing a number of topics with several trained members of our ministry team. Couples must contact the teaching leader to make arrangements to take any classes missed.
Facility Coordinators
Our facility coordinators will answer questions about our facility, help you with selection of church equipment you may want to use, and make suggestions for decorations. Shortly after you reserve the church, you will want to make arrangements for a “walk through” of the facility and seek answers to any questions you may have.
Music and Technical Needs
You may choose special live vocal and/or instrumental music for your wedding. Choosing and contacting the musicians and sound technicians is the couple’s responsibility. These arrangements should be made at least six months prior to your wedding.
Saturday Weddings
Saturday weddings must begin no later than 1pm and the Worship Center must be vacated by 3pm to allow time to prepare for our Saturday evening worship service.
Departure Traditions
Bubbles, rose petals or helium balloons may be released on the couple’s departure. Rice, bird seed, and sparklers are not permitted on the church property.
Receptions
The Lower Level of our facility is available with a seating capacity of approximately 200 people. Our custodial staff will set up/tear down the tables and chairs. Decorations are the couple’s responsibility. Saturday receptions must be concluded by 4pm to allow time to prepare for Sunday services.
Rehearsal
The rehearsal is typically held the night before the wedding and lasts about an hour. Participation in the rehearsal will help to ensure that your wedding ceremony goes smoothly. Please be sure to contact all participants of the wedding and all family members who will be taking part. Remember to notify the sound technician and musicians of the time of the rehearsal.
Decorations / Seasonal Decorations
Lighted candles (other than for a unity candle arrangement) are not permitted in the Worship Center or Lower Level reception area.
During the month of December, the Worship Center and foyer will be decorated for Christmas. Weddings held during this time must use, but may add to, the existing decorations.
Photography / Videography
The focus of the wedding should be on the ceremony, not the photographer. Photographers are encouraged not to use flash during the ceremony and to be unobtrusive. Videotaping equipment should be set up in a stationary location to one side or in the balcony.
Marriage License
The couple must secure a marriage license prior to the rehearsal. Contact any Ohio county courthouse for more information. Ceremonies cannot be performed without this license.

Email Greta Smith for details on fees and scheduling.