Your wedding is an important and deeply spiritual moment in your life, a day to be remembered forever. Our deep desire is to make this beautiful day everything you envision.
Setting the Date
The first thing to do when planning your wedding at St. Nicholas is to contact the Church Office at (757) 422-5600 to arrange for a wedding date.
Filling out the Affidavit
Once a date has been set for your wedding, you will be asked to come to the Church Office to fill out an affidavit for an ecclesiastical wedding license. This license, together with your civil marriage license, is required to conduct a wedding in the Orthodox Church. In the case of an inter-Christian marriage (marriage between an Orthodox person and another Christian baptized in the name of the Trinity), the non-Orthodox person will be asked to provide a copy of his/her baptismal certificate or some other verification of baptism.
In order to help you prepare for the sacrament of marriage and better understand the Church's role in your new life together, Father John will meet with both of you for a private consultation and offer pre-marital classes for all engaged couples.
Selecting a Sponsor
You will need to select a sponsor or "koumbaros/koumbara" for your wedding. He or she must be a member in good standing of the Orthodox Church. If the sponsor is not a member of St. Nicholas, the sponsor's parish priest must send a letter verifying that he or she is a member in good standing.
Items Needed for the Wedding
The following are the items necessary to perform a wedding in the Orthodox Church.
- A tray with white Jordan almonds (Koufeta) and rice.
- Rings for the bride and groom.
- Floral crowns in the Orthodox traditional style
- Two white decorated candles.
Planning the Reception
If you would like to hold your reception at St. Nicholas, the Father George & Evangeline Paulson Fellowship Hall may be reserved for your use. Please CLICK HERE to access more information on the Fellowship Hall Rental.