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Weddings

The Christian wedding is a celebration of a couple's love and commitment to each other and God.

This sacred ceremony, in which you enter into a covenant with God and one another, creates the foundation for your marriage. By choosing to be married by a representative of God’s Church, you are inviting God’s presence into your wedding and purposely asking for God’s blessing upon the marriage.

Resurrection, A United Methodist Church, is honored to offer the Wedding Ministry for the very special occasion of holy marriage between two people. Weddings are available for both our members and non-members of the congregation. Resurrection welcomes all couples. The wedding ceremony is a worship service where the couple pledges themselves to one another in the presence of God and begins their marriage with Christ as the foundation. The following policies and procedures have been established to help your wedding go as smoothly as possible.

A Marriage at Resurrection

Your wedding will bring family and friends together to celebrate your marriage through worship. We encourage you to include responsive readings, prayers, and congregational singing in your ceremony. In order to prepare for this special occasion, please note the requirements for marriage at Resurrection.

Important Requirements
  • Worship at Resurrection is highly encouraged, not required.
  • Presentation of a properly executed marriage license at the rehearsal is required as the wedding cannot take place without the marriage license. If you are marrying in Kansas, the license must be issued in Kansas. Likewise, if your venue is in Missouri, the license must be issued in Missouri. The pastor can only perform weddings in full accordance with the law. Please do not overlook the necessity for careful compliance.
  • Completion of the Premarital and Newlywed Class Prepare-Enrich is required before the wedding day, and meeting(s) with the assigned pastor before the ceremony.
  • A waiting period of at least six months following a divorce or death of a spouse shall be observed to allow for healing following the end of a previous marriage.
  • On-Site Weddings are performed on Fridays or Saturdays based on the location, availability, and holiday calendar.

Wedding Options

There are two options for organizing your wedding through Resurrection.

  1. On-site wedding at one of our available locations noted under Venues. 
  2. Off-site wedding utilizing a Resurrection Pastor.
 

A $100.00 non-refundable scheduling fee is required when the wedding is scheduled. All final fees are due one week before the wedding day. The on-site wedding Resurrection venue, date, time, and the reservation of a Pastor for an off-site wedding date and time are not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email from the Director of Weddings.

For further questions on fees, please contact the Director of Weddings: Megan Strout, at weddings@cor.org.

Wedding Planning

Your big day is here! Do you want to be married at a Resurrection location? Are you hosting an off-site wedding and requesting a Resurrection Pastor to officiate? Follow these steps below based on your reservation needs to start planning your walk down the aisle. 

Booking A Wedding On-Site at a Resurrection Location   

Please allow 7 business days for information on availability. For more details, see location specifics and fees under Wedding Options. On-site locations have various scheduling availability, ranging from 12 to 18 months. 

  1. To determine date and location availability, please Complete the On-Site Wedding Request Form Here. *NOTE: The Request Form does not secure a venue reservation or pastor match.  
  2. Once the On-Site Wedding Request Form is received, the Director of Weddings will contact you with any questions or changes before sending an agreement.
  3. Once an available agreed-upon date and location are set, the Wedding Final Details Agreement will be emailed for your completion. The form must be completed and returned within 48 hours of receipt to confirm the location, date, and times listed. The agreement will be open for 48 hours for viewing and signing. If the signed agreement isn’t received by then, the location, date, and time will be released. 
  4. When the Wedding Final Details Agreement is completed, signed, and returned, you will receive a confirmation email that your documents were received. This is when your location, date, and time selection are confirmed as a reservation.  
  5. As part of Resurrection’s commitment to building strong foundations for couples, Resurrection requires completing the Prepare Enrich course, a faith-based premarital preparation class. This course is a prerequisite for having a wedding officiated by a Resurrection pastor. To register for the course and proceed with your wedding plans, Register here for Prepare Enrich .  
  6. Once your date is confirmed and you know your wedding details, the Wedding Information Form will help guide the Resurrection Wedding Coordinator with the final details for the wedding ceremony. This will need to be filled out three months prior to the wedding. Complete the Wedding Information Form here.Note: you must answer YES on the first question

 

Requesting a Pastor to Officiate an Off-Site Wedding 

Please allow 7 business days for information on pastor availability. See off-site pastor request specifics and fees under Wedding Options.  

  1. To match a Resurrection Pastor for an Off-Site wedding, Complete the Off-Site Wedding Request Form Here and the Director of Weddings will connect you with a pastor to officiate your off-site wedding. On this form, you can request up to five pastors, and we will do our best to match your wedding with one of those pastors as scheduling allows. *NOTE: The Off-Site Request Form does not secure a pastor but begins the process. 
  2. Once you are connected with a pastor, the pastor will contact you via email and all communication moving forward will be between you and the pastor. They will help you through the process. 
  3. As part of Resurrection’s commitment to building strong foundations for couples, Resurrection requires the completion of the Prepare Enrich course, a faith-based premarital preparation class. This course is a prerequisite for having a wedding officiated by a Resurrection pastor. To register for the course and proceed with your wedding plans, register here for Prepare Enrich. 

 

For further questions, please contact:

Megan Strout

Coordination Director of Weddings

 weddings@cor.org or 913-232-4162

Resurrection Wedding Venues

Resurrection now has six locations where weddings can be held: Blue Springs, Brookside, Downtown, Leawood, Overland Park, and West. While weddings can be held at each location, detailed information is provided for Brookside and Leawood. 

Each location is unique in its own way as a wedding venue. The following information below details each location. Resurrection locations do not offer a space for wedding receptions.

Opening in December of 2022, Resurrection Brookside is the newest resurrection location, and they are ready to host weddings! The wedding ceremony can be booked 12 months in advance of the wedding, and availability is based on the church’s calendar of events. Attend a worship service or schedule a tour today to see this traditional-style church in Kansas City’s historic Brookside neighborhood. Seats approximately 230 guests. There is a bridal and groom dressing room available for use.

Based on scheduling availability, times may be able to adjust slightly for the booking. Please use the below timeline as a guide.

Saturday Weddings

  • Wedding Time: 5 pm
  • Use of Building: 3 pm to 7 pm
  • Rehearsal Time: Friday at 5 pm

Ministry & The Pastor

The pastor(s) at Resurrection officiate at weddings at their campus venue. Guest clergy may assist with the approval of the Officiating Pastor or his/her designee. A pastor will be assigned depending on the date of the wedding. A particular pastor may be requested but is not guaranteed due to scheduling and other commitments. 

The pastors will spend one or more sessions in conference with a couple planning to be married. It is their responsibility as a pastor to function in this capacity as a counselor. This will include discussions of both the service and the marriage itself. After the pastor is scheduled for the wedding, the couple is responsible for contacting the pastor’s administrative assistant to schedule these session(s). At the discretion of the pastor, additional outside counseling may be required. Communion is not offered at a Resurrection wedding, but the couple may share the marriage cup. These ceremony details will be discussed at the meetings with the pastor.

Premarital & Newlywed Classes

Time for Happily Ever After! Our Premarital and Newlywed Class, Prepare Enrich, is designed to help couples take the next steps of their journey. This course is open and welcoming to all couples. Trained instructors lead each session, covering topics to strengthen your connection with your partner and help you gain important lifelong skills. Topics include communication, conflict and resolution, financial management, and experiencing God, among others. 

Resurrection requires the Prepare Enrich course as the premarital preparation class before being married by a Resurrection pastor. The Premarital and Newlywed course is open to all dating couples and is a requirement for any couple desiring to be married by a Resurrection pastor. There are several opportunities to complete this course throughout the year. 

The course is also available to those who haven’t set a wedding date or are married and would like an opportunity to enrich their relationship through the various topics covered. Please email weddings@cor.org for additional information. 

Next Prepare-Enrich sessions available:

2024 ~ 2025 Schedules | $125.00 per couple

  • Zoom: Tuesdays, October 8, 15, & 22, 2024, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm; must attend all sessions
  • In-Person at Resurrection Leawood: January 25, 2025, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Zoom: Tuesdays, April 1, 8, & 15 2025, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm; must attend all sessions
  • In-Person at Resurrection Leawood: June 21, 2025, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Zoom: Tuesdays, September 30, October 7, & 14 2025, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm; must attend all sessions

The Walk Down The Aisle

Your big day is almost here, and all your details and planning are coming together. To be sure you have everything exactly how you want it and follow along with the church requirements, the following details will help you plan for your wedding weekend.

Each on-site wedding will have a Resurrection Wedding Coordinator. This coordinator represents the church in managing the many details of the wedding and rehearsal within the church building. Their responsibilities include ensuring the wedding venue is ready for the rehearsal and wedding, unlocking rooms for the wedding party, coordinating audio set-up with technology, arranging guest book podium and gift table, assisting the pastor with the rehearsal, orchestrating processional and recessional, monitoring time schedules related to the ceremony, setting guidelines for the photographer, ensuring the church is cleaned after the wedding, and overseeing any other facilitation needs within the church. A coordinator will be assigned to the contracted wedding approximately three months before the wedding date. All inquiries after this point can be made directly to the assigned coordinator. Outside wedding coordinators are welcome to participate and help with your personal needs. The Resurrection Wedding Coordinator will still manage all the church-related rehearsal and wedding day items.

The wedding is a service of worship. All music played or sung during the wedding should express a heartfelt message appropriate to the occasion. The couple is responsible for setting up their wedding music. Please contact musicians as soon as possible to plan for your wedding.

To have your wedding run smoothly, the wedding party must arrive at the times indicated by the wedding coordinator. It is the responsibility of the couple to arrange for the care of the property of the wedding party before, during, and after the wedding, as well as the removal of their items immediately following the service. The church will not be responsible for any articles belonging to any person in the wedding party, a guest at the wedding, or a vendor serving the wedding. Wagons or other transportation are not permitted down the aisle. Please remind all the wedding parties, friends, and family that smoking is not permitted inside the church and that no alcoholic beverages are permitted in the church or on the church grounds. If alcohol is present on the premises, the officiating pastor reserves the authority to cancel the service.

Resurrection encourages the couple to employ a professional photographer for the wedding. To keep the reverence of the occasion there are a few requirements for the photographer/videographer. Please share this with the professional if you decide to utilize one of these.

  • The photographer can arrive at the times listed by the Resurrection Wedding Coordinator
  • No flash photos are permitted following the processional but may be taken during the couple’s recessional.
  • The photographer will need to remain at the rear of the sanctuary.
  • The church does not offer a professional video of the wedding. The couple is responsible for providing personnel for this service. The wedding coordinator will provide the appropriate details on camera placement. Livestream is available for an extra cost of $100.

Flowers

Flowers are the responsibility of the couple. Venues vary on what can be placed on the altar. Decorations of any kind may not be attached to the pews/chairs, or any other furniture by gluing, nailing, pinning, or taping. The couple and the florist should consult with the Resurrection Wedding Coordinator about the way decorations may be placed on the ends of the pews/chairs. All decorations, flowers, candles, etc. must be removed from the building immediately following the service. No decorations belonging to the church may be moved. The wedding coordinator will provide times for the florist to arrive for set up.

Candles

The venues vary in the use of candles and placement. Candles are not permitted down the aisle or fixed to the pews. Some types of candelabras are allowed but must have a glass hurricane covering them. For details on how candles can be used in the ceremony, contact the Director of Weddings. 

The church will provide white candles for the worship candles on the altar. The church will also provide candle-lighting torches. If the bride and groom desire a unity candle, it will be their responsibility to provide the pillar candle. The church will provide three crystal candlesticks and two side tapers for use. The lighting of the candles will be officiated by the pastor. 

Bubbles

Because of city ordinances and other restrictions, confetti, rice, and birdseed are not to be distributed and/or thrown inside or outside of the church. Only bubbles outside the church may be used for this tradition. Bubbles cannot be used in the Memorial Garden.