- 3 years ago
- Wedding: July 2016
So we have an impressively long list of church venues for our ceremony. I’m posting a picture and a little bit about each one to get an idea of what you bee’s think. We have only seen the insides of a few of these, so I will probably post pictures of the insides next week after we go to look at them! Having a historic property for the ceremony is pretty important to me, but I also want it to be flexible. What do you bees think about these options? Based on the outsides alone, what are your impressions?
Historic Franklin Presbyterian:
Pros- Fiance’s childhood church, church where his family still attends. Beautiful stained glass windows, beautiful organ on the inside, and built in the early 1900’s, so it satisfies my inner history buff. Will not have to pay to use it. Will not have to pay for officiant (see below) or musical accompaniment, because the congregation has an accomplished organist and pianist.
Cons- I think we may have to use special vows, and I do not think we can bring in our own officiant, I think we have to use the regular minister, who is a woman. I am not a sexist jerk, but I have always pictured my wedding with a male officiant, specifically my cousin who officiated my parents’ wedding. The inside is also very formal, but I want a more casual, relaxed, and rustic feeling to my wedding. It would be possible to go from a traditional, very classic ceremony to the cutesy, rustic outdoor reception I envision, but it could be hard to merge the two.
Church of Christ at Leiper’s Fork:
Pros: I grew up in a church of Christ congregation, but my own building is not in the running because it is newer and unattractive. My grandmother also lives in this community, so it has strong sentimental value. The building was built in 1877, so it is old and charming, but simple enough to provide more of a “blank slate” for me to decorate however I want. They probably would not charge us to use it since I am a member of a similar congregation, and they would let us bring in our own officiant. The surrounding community is charming and the venue would work well with transitioning to my rustic reception. This is my personal favorite so far.
Cons: It is badly in need of a paint job, but fiance and I could offer to make a donation for use of the building with the stipulation that part of it go towards painting the outside. The exterior is a little clunky with different additions having been added on over the years, but I don’t mind. Fiance’s family may think it is too simple or unattractive compared to their more formal church. No organ or anything, we’d have to bring in our own musicians and instruments.
Grassland Heights Baptist Church:
Pros- My parents were married here in 1991, so there is tons of sentimental value. We know it is rentable and frequently used for weddings, so it must be a good choice.
Cons- Only seats about 75 people, we are not affiliated with the Baptist denomination in any way, and my fiance thinks the “Chapel” sign over the door is tacky and makes it seem like we’re in Vegas. It is not a historic property. Would definitely have to pay to rent it.
Spring Hill First Presbyterian:
Pros- Located in my actual hometown, as opposed to the others, which are located in our county, but not in my hometown. I love the pretty windows and the white siding. I think it strikes a good balance between the rural church feeling I like and formality. Same denomination as fiance/fiance’s family.
Cons- All the same for the other Presbyterian church. Would have to use their minister and their vows. Would also need to pay for it on top of that, since we are unaffiliated with this congregation. Also, is it just me, or does it look like a house?
Southern Hills Church of Christ:
Pros: My denominational affiliation, we could get it for free. Love the columns out front, and the inside sanctuary is lighted with lovely chandeliers. Could use our own vows and officiant.
Cons: Not a historical property, but it does a pretty good job of faking it. No sentimental value besides the denominational affiliation. Feels kind of generic compared to the others.
Thanks for reading all that! Please give us some advice!
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