An open bible next to a note pad and pen.

Whether you choose Emmanuel’s historic church building as your venue, have our ministers perform your ceremony, or both – we’d love to be part of your wedding day.

Emmanuel is currently between ministers.  We can recommend several retired Ministers who can perform weddings at our Church.

Consultation: We’ll talk about how to make your wedding ceremony perfect for you. We can offer suggestions and take direction, depending on your needs

Rehearsal: We are happy to facilitate a rehearsal prior to the service

Ceremony: We will save the date!

Documents: We will prepare your documents, issue your temporary marriage license and
mail your papers to the Registrar to have your marriage registered in the
province of Ontario

Pre-Marriage Course: Optional and for an additional fee ($110 per hour)

Sanctuary: 3 hours
1 hour rehearsal day before
2 hours on day of wedding

Hearth Room: 3 hours for small coffee/apps reception following ceremony

Hearth Kitchen: 3 hours for use during reception

Pricing:

  • Sanctuary 3 hours @ $100/hour: $300
  • Hearth Room 3 hours @ $60/hour: $180
  • Hearth Kitchen 3 hours @ $30/hour: $90
  • Total: $570
  • Discount of 10%: $513
  • Discount of 15%: $484.50

Sanctuary: 3 hours

  • 1 hour rehearsal day before
  • 2 hours on day of wedding

Hearth Room: 5 hours

  • bridal suite during ceremony and reception

Fellowship Hall: 5 hours

  • cocktail reception following ceremony plus decorating and clean up

Commercial Kitchen: 5 hours

  • one hour on either end of reception for preparation and clean up

Pricing:

  • Sanctuary 3 hours @ $100/hour: $300
  • Hearth Room @ evening rate: $240
  • Fellowship Hall @ evening rate: $350
  • Hearth Kitchen @ evening rate: $150
  • Total: $1040
  • Discount of 10%: $936
  • Discount of 15%: $884

Available Afternoon and Evenings Only

Sanctuary: 3 hours

  • 1 hour rehearsal day before
  • 2 hours on day of wedding

Hearth Room: 2pm to 1am

  • Bridal and Bridal Party Suite for duration of event

Fellowship Hall: 2pm to 1am

  • decorating, set up, and full dinner and after party reception

Commercial Kitchen: 2pm to 1am

  • hours amended per caterer requests)

Pricing:

  • Sanctuary 3 hours @ $100/hour: $300
  • Hearth Room @ full day rate: $400
  • Fellowship Hall @ full day rate: $600
  • Commercial Kitchen @ full day rate: $300
  • Total: $1600
  • Discount of 10%: $1440
  • Discount of 15%: $1360

Full Day Use

Sanctuary: 3 hours

  • 1 hour rehearsal day before
  • 2 hours on day of wedding

Hearth Room: 8am to 1am

  • Bridal and Bridal Party Suite for duration of event

Fellowship Hall: 8am to 1am

  • decorating, set up, and full dinner and after party reception

Commercial Kitchen: 8am to 1am

  • hours amended per caterer requests

Pricing:

  • Sanctuary 3 hours @ $100/hour: $300
  • Hearth Room @ full day + evening rate: $600
  • Fellowship Hall @ full day + evening rate: $750
  • Commercial Kitchen @ full day + evening rate: $400
  • Total: $2050
  • Discount of 10%: $1845
  • Discount of 15%: $1742.50

Audio

This includes audio in the Sanctuary as well as the option to livestream the service. This does not include audio in the Fellowship Hall or DJ services for a reception. Cost is $X

Organist

The organist can play piano or organ accompaniment during your ceremony.  Cost is $X.

Special Occasion Permit (Mandatory)

For alcohol to be served at the event a special occasion permit must be obtained from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. The application can be made here. Alcohol may not be consumed in the Sanctuary.

Insurance (Mandatory)
We require the couple to acquire special event insurance especially if alcohol is served. The insurance must name Emmanuel United Church as an additional insured. We suggest that you check with your own insurance companies first.
Some insurance companies allow you to add events to your home insurance even if the event is not hosted at the home. 

Do you perform same-gender marriages?

Absolutely. Emmanuel United is an Affirming Ministry. We welcome all LGBTQ2IA+ relationships. However you identify, you are welcome and celebrated here.

Do I or my partner need to be a member with Emmanuel?

No, membership with Emmanuel is not required.

How much does a wedding cost at Emmanuel United Church?

Our base fee for weddings is $1200. A $500 deposit is due upon booking, and $200 is non-refundable. The base fee includes a church minister, accompanist, and sound technician. A detailed fee schedule is available upon request. Send an email to office@emmanueluc.ca for more details.

Do you offer marriage preparation classes?

Our minister offers individual preparation sessions. Contact the church office at 519-886-1471, or email office@emmanueluc.ca.

Are you open to creative ceremonies?

Yes, definitely. We’d love to help you create a one-of-a-kind of ceremony.

Can we have an outdoor ceremony?

We’re flexible and our minister can perform your ceremony off-site. We’ll meet you where you’re at. For travel beyond a 30km radius from Emmanuel, an additional travel fee is charged depending on the location of your service.

How many people can fit in your church?

We can accommodate groups as small as 5 to as high as 400 in our Sanctuary. To be legal, your ceremony must include the minister, the couple to be married, and two witnesses.

Can I have my reception at Emmanuel United Church?

Yes, our Fellowship Hall  is available for an additional fee. It can seat between 120 and 200 people depending on your preferred configuration.

Can I serve alcohol at my reception? 

As long as you purchase a liquor license and additional insurance.

Can I stream my wedding live on Facebook/YouTube?

For an additional fee, we’ll stream your wedding to your Facebook page so your loved ones across the world can be part of your day

How far in advance should we book?

Weekend ceremony times are more popular, so recommend booking 2-3 months in advance.  If you wish to use the Fellowship Hall, we recommend booking 4-6 months in advance.  If you’re flexible, we can likely find a time that suits you.

How do we book? What is required?

Reach out to us and let us know you want to book a time.  Our Office Manager will take it from there to put everything in place. A signed contract and a 50% deposit are required to secure your date and time.  The remainder is due 30 days before your ceremony.

What payments do you accept?

We can process and accept Cash, Cheque, e-transfers, Debit, Visa or Mastercard.

What’s included?

Please see the we offer a variety of spaces and ceremonies to suit your needs.

Do you provide a photographer?

We do not provide a photographer, but we can direct you to photographers who are familiar with our space as well as others in the community.

Are pets welcome?

Yes? We expect pets to be well-behaved and trained.  Any accidents will be subject to a $200 cleaning charge.

Where can we and our guests park?

Parking is available in our church parking lot and in the surrounding street parking. The closest paid public parking is at the Waterloo Public Library 1 block south of the church.

What if we need to postpone?

We get it. Things happen (we’re looking at you, pandemic).  If you need to postpone, please let us know as soon as you can. A date can be changed up to 7 days before your scheduled event with no rebooking fee. Please note, the date must be within 1 year (365 days) of your original date.
Postponements or cancelations within 7 days are subject to a $125 rebooking or cancelation fee.

How do I get a Marriage Licence? 

To get your Marriage Licence in Waterloo, head on over to this link here. It only takes a few minutes to fill out. Once you have submitted your application, the clerk’s office will reach out to you with a time to pick up your licence.

Marriage Certificate?

After your ceremony, your Marriage Licence will be mailed to the Office of the Registrar General, where they request 10-12 weeks to register it. After that time has passed, you can apply for your Marriage Certificate here. There are two options, a short form ($15) and a long form ($22) – our recommendation is to get the certified long form version.