You're Getting Married at Nativity!
Congratulations on your engagement! Nativity Lutheran
is honored to be a part of your special day.
For personalized wedding guidance, please contact
Nativity’s office at (703) 768-1112 or via email here.
We are excited you have chosen our beautiful Nativity as the location for your big day – and, we are pleased to assist you with officiating and planning your wedding ceremony. We would also like help you in preparing for life after the wedding day, too, through the guidance offered by our Pastor and friends of the church.
The time you spend during your engagement should be viewed as an investment in the life you will live together. We have seen God's best come from solid, intentional preparation for marriage. Nativity Lutheran is excited to partner with you to help you build a satisfying, loving, and grace-filled marriage that will last a lifetime.
Wedding and Rehearsal Date:
The date for the wedding should first be cleared with the Nativity’s administrator and our Pastor. The rehearsal date and hour are arranged at that time, as well. A security/damage deposit is required to schedule a wedding and to hold the date on our church calendar. This deposit will be returned within 10 days after the wedding.
Consultation with the Engaged Couple:
For the purpose of instruction on wedding procedures and counsel on marriage, the Pastor will request conferences with the couple who plan to marry before the wedding date.
The church organist is available to play for weddings. Suggestions for appropriate wedding music and clearance of same are given by our organist and Nativity’s Music Director.
Soloists and Musicians:
Usually these are the responsibility of the engaged couple and our Music Director is more than happy to help guide you with your decisions. Whoever sings, or plays should arrange with the organist for rehearsal prior to the wedding. The organ is not available for use unless cleared by the Music Director.
Your Wedding Coordinator
Your Wedding Coordinator arranges all the wedding’s details in conjunction with the happy couple and helps them become reality on your big day. He/she should be consulted early concerning all arrangements as they will help advise participants, supervise the rehearsal and activities at the church as well as assist the Pastor at the wedding.
If you have flowers, your florist should work closely with your Wedding Coordinator. Nativity can recommend various area florists who are top-notch and can put that special flair you’ve always wanted to your wedding.
Photographs may be taken at the church by a photographer of your choice. They are requested to consult your Wedding Coordinator to clarify policies of the church concerning video and picture taking. One hour should be allowed for the taking of formal pictures. Photographers must be out of the Sanctuary area 30 minutes before the ceremony.
Time of Arrival:
Arrangements should be made with the Nativity Staff on the time the marrying couple wish to arrive at the church on the day of the wedding. There is a dressing & preparation room provided for each of the engaged couple and his/her attendants.
The ushers should be ready to greet the guests one half hour before the ceremony. The Nativity staff will advise concerning dressing room locations and use.
The “bride’s ready-room”, next to a small kitchen, is available for family members.
Other Important Stuff
Our building and equipment have special meaning to our congregation and we ask you to respect the following practices:
No smoking in the church building (including restrooms) or outside on the church property.
No use of alcoholic beverages in the building or on church property.
No throwing of rice, confetti or birdseed.
No rose petals in the Sanctuary.
No tape on the pews.