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   March 2019   

Your Marriage

Marriage is a solemn, happy occasion when love and loyalty between two people is sealed in a ceremony of dedication in the presence of God, family and friends.

To meet your own hopes and desires in marriage, your wedding should be dignified, personal and also religious. Carroll's First United Methodist Church is available to you for such a wedding.* 

We are fully handicap accessible with parking on Adams Street and in our Main Street parking lots.

*Senior Pastor must be consulted prior to confirming date.


Counseling and Conference with the Minister

The minister and couple to be wed will arrange a counseling conference before the wedding. This conference provides the bride and groom with information about the meaning of marriage and suggests standards and values for living together as a family.

The minister reserves the right to refuse to marry persons if, in conference, there is a misunderstanding of the sacred obligations of marriage. The minister will marry persons who have been divorced provided there are reasonable assurances of earnest commitment to the new marriage.









  Wedding Policy 

MEMBERS (6 months plus regular attendance & contributions)

  A $100.00 refundable deposit is required at the time of booking your wedding.  A 30-day notice is required for a cancellation refund.  Deposit will be refunded within 30-days after the wedding providing there are no damages to the church or its grounds.  Full fees are due at or prior to wedding rehearsal. 

  If Bride, Groom, or one of the parents is member of the Carroll UMC (at least 6 months or longer) and a regular contributor to the budget, there will be no fee for use of Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, or the Fellowship Kitchen.   All other fees are as follows:


Member Fees
Sanctuary $0 Fellowship Hall $0 Organist $200
Soloist $100 Pastor $150 Custodian $125 (member fee)



NON-MEMBERS & OTHERS USING CHURCH (less than 6 months attendance/contributions)



  A $100.00 refundable deposit is required at the time of booking your wedding.  A 30-day notice is required for a cancellation refund.  Deposit will be refunded within 30-days after the wedding providing there are no damages to the church or its grounds.  Full fees are due at or prior to wedding rehearsal. 

  As non-members & others (have attended less than 6 months or may not be regular attenders) are charged for use of the Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, and Fellowship Kitchen along with the following applicable fees for organist/pianist, soloist, pastor.


Non-Member Fees
Sanctuary $200 Fellowship Hall $100 Organist $250
Soloist $100 Pastor $150 Custodian $175 (non-member fee)



   Small/Simple Wedding plans Less than 30 persons, no special music, and the church does not need additional heat or air-conditioning, the wedding may be performed by simply paying the pastor.  Those fees are negotiated by the pastor at time of scheduling.

   If you are interested in religious leadership outside of the Carroll First United Methodist Church to perform or assist with the ceremony, then the Bride/Groom will need to have the permission of the lead pastor.  Please check with the church office to schedule your wedding.


Your Wedding Vows & Date

 The wedding statement and vows are prepared by the minister.  Couples may work with the minister to prepare personal vowsPlease schedule your wedding at the church as far in advance as possible.  Saturday weddings are scheduled to begin no later than 3:00 p.m.




The Wedding Rehearsal

The rehearsal provides an opportunity to become familiar with the order of worship and physical arrangements of the church. Participants at the rehearsal include the bride and groom, all attendants, parents of the bride and groom, ushers and acolytes.

Musicians need not practice during the rehearsal, but may do so more advantageously before or after the rehearsal and at other scheduled times.  The church organist may not be present at the rehearsal unless musicians wish to rehearse.  The rehearsal lasts 45-60 minutes.  All participants are encouraged to arrive on time so the rehearsal can begin on schedule.


The Wedding Reception

Contact the office to make arrangements to schedule the wedding/reception.  Call the Carroll United Methodist Church office for additional rental fees and any set-up needs.

Call church office to book our United Methodist Women, charge of $50 for first 100 plates (or less) and $.50/plate after 100.  Additional charge if more than cake, punch, coffee, nuts, and mints are served. 


At Bride's request, UMW will furnish:

-       2 white lace tablecloths                     -       1 small white cloth for punch table

-       Silver coffee service                           -       2 (3-candle) candelabrum, as available

-       punch bowl                                          -       plates

-       cups                                                      -       table silverware

Not provided: candles (6)



Music At Your Wedding

   Wedding music may include use of vocal solos and instrumental music employing string or wind instruments. The couple will consult with the minister and/or pianist in selection of appropriate music. The church will provide names of pianist/organist.
Wedding Fees

  Wedding fees cover expenses incurred for the minister, organist (does not include rehearsal), custodial and utility services are due by no later than the wedding rehearsal.  Deposit, due at time of booking, this reserves the date and is refundable (read Wedding Policy above).  Call church office for the current fees.


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Church Rules

  1. Smoking is not permitted inside the church; urns are located outside main exit doors.
  2. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted inside or outside the church property.
  3. Flash photographs are not to be taken while the ceremony is in progress.  Please ask your photographer and guests to observe this standard.
  4. Decorations are limited to pew bows attached with ribbons, unity candle arrangements, floral arrangements and candelabra arrangements or bows. Consult with the church if you wish to use any other type of decoration.
  5. All types of Adhesive tape is prohibited!
  6. Wedding parties using the facilities are financially responsible for any damages.


Contact Church Office (712) 792-1122 to book your Wedding... 

Booking must be confirmed by our Pastor