If you have not
received the time and date for your rehearsal, please call our wedding coordinator and reserve your date and
The time allotted for your rehearsal is one
hour. Since we schedule rehearsals back-to-back it is essential that you arrive on
Your clergy is responsible for your rehearsal and your
ceremony. The Site Manager will be on hand to answer any questions, inform you of the museum
regulations and to help you with any problems that may occur.
In the years since Historic Peace Church has become available for public use, an
efficient and dignified wedding format has evolved. While certainly not
mandatory, this format is presented to reduce the time spent in experimentation.
The men of the wedding party arrive before the guests – one hour
ahead of the scheduled event.
The groom and the best man ascend to the gallery to await the
ceremony. The ushers seat the guests. The clergy escorts the
parents, the bride and the attendants from the gift shop to their place at the front door of the
church. The clergy then escorts the ushers up to the gallery where they wait for the procession to
parents are then seated. The men come down the stairs with the clergy and take their places and the bridal
In bad weather the bride may choose to get dressed in the gallery
and have the bridal procession enter the church down the stairs on the opposite side of the church as the
There is no air-conditioning inside the church.
is heated by base board electric heat.
It is not well
insulated and we suggest you dress warmly if it is cold.
Because of the time involved in taking pictures, you may want to
schedule the receiving line at the reception. Remember that you are
allowed one hour before your scheduled ceremony and one hour after – a total of two hours.
Since we often have more than one wedding scheduled, we do adhere
strictly to these times.
If you want a receiving line, it is best to form it along the
walk between the church and the gift shop. Once the line has formed the
ushers should direct all guests to the reception so you can take photos as quickly as
If you are not having a receiving line, you may want to ask your
clergy to announce to your guests that there will not be one and that they are to proceed directly to
the reception. Some brides put a note in their programs that state
The throwing of
rice, confetti, bird seed and/or petals is not permitted.
You may use bells, bubbles or butterflies.