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"I just wanted to thank you for all your help with the wedding this past March. Everything went so well and we had such a wonderful time. We got so many compliments on the church from our overseas guests too! It was a magnificent setting."
Lindsey (bride)

“We just wanted to send a note to "thank you" again for the wonderful job you did on our wedding ceremony on July 3rd. Everything was just beautiful and perfect, just like we had dreamed it to be!” 

“The church photographs beautifully! Thanks again for making our day so much more special.”
Bride & Groom

“Thank you for a very lovely and meaningful ceremony. When my son and his finance were searching for a church I knew as soon as I saw your website that yours was exactly what they would want. I am so glad, as a yet then not-quite mother-in law, that I had to tread lightly in my suggestions. Imagine my delight when they looked into it and, of course, loved it too. It was one of the nicest checks I have ever written!”
Mother of the Groom

Honoring Your Commitment..
We say "Yes" to your love and to having your wedding ceremony performed at The South Church, even if you are not members. We are open and inclusive to all and do not require you to believe the same things we believe. We will perform same sex weddings. So, if you are tired of hearing "No!" or if you have a hard time complying with burdensome preconditions, The South Church may be a good place for you.


A $200 non-refundable deposit, along with a completed information form, is required to reserve a date on the church calendar. Full payment of all fees is required one week before your ceremony. Wedding licenses must be delivered to the church office one week prior to the ceremony date. One meeting with a church clergy member is required. More meetings may be indicated but are not required. Couples may also participate in the "Prepare-Enrich" premarital counseling, which is optional.


General Fee - includes church, minister, organist and wedding coordinator $1,200

Optional Choices
Prepare/Enrich Counseling - Varies
Aisle Candles (includes candles) $175
Wedding Rehearsal Fee (normally evening before) $150


Ceremony times are flexible. We will work with you to arrange the best time for your ceremony.

Seating Capacity

The South Church sanctuary and balcony seats 220 people.

Air Conditioning

Yes, we have air conditioning.


If candles are desired, The South Church will provide the altar candelabra and the Unity Candle holder. The couple provides the candles -- Unity candle and 16 tapers.

Aisle Runners

If you choose to use an aisle runner, the distance from our altar to the back door is 70 feet.

What to Throw

Birdseed or flower petals (real, not artificial) may be thrown as the couple leaves the church. Bubbles may also be used. For ecological reasons we do not allow the use of rice, balloons, or streamers. And for safety reasons, sparklers are not permitted.


Videographers may videotape during the ceremony from one of two stationary locations, which will be shown to them by the wedding coordinator prior to the ceremony.


Still photos with flash may be taken of ceremony participants entering the sanctuary. No flash photos will be taken after the participants have gathered near the altar. Non-flash photos may be taken during the ceremony from the rear of the sanctuary ONLY. Any exceptions MUST be cleared with The South Church wedding coordinator prior to the ceremony!

Additional pictures, both indoors and outdoors, may be taken up to 1/2 hour before the ceremony starts and 1/2 hour after the ceremony is over. Additional times may be available for photos if scheduling permits.


A separate rehearsal is recommended, usually occurring the night before the wedding. An additional $150 non-refundable deposit is required to hold the date. If weddings are small, a rehearsal prior to the ceremony, on the day of the wedding may be held at no additional charge.


The South Church has both female and male clergy available to perform ceremonies. Your chosen clergy member will work with you in planning and performing your ceremony. We sometimes allow outside clergy to perform ceremonies at The South Church.

Handicapped Accessiblity

There is handicapped accessibility to our church prior to the start of the wedding ceremony for those with physical handicaps.

Wedding Coordinator

The South Church on-site Wedding Coordinator will assist you in planning your ceremony, answer any questions, and ensure that everyone gets down the aisle on time!

The Wedding Coordinator is present at the rehearsal and will be at the church two hours before the ceremony begins.

Reserve a Date

To reserve a date for your ceremony, or make an appointment to see The South Church, contact the Wedding Coordinator by calling the church office at (847) 253-0501 or through email at

Order of Ceremony

The "Order of Ceremony" to the left contains the general elements of a wedding and order they normally occur during a wedding ceremony.

We believe that each wedding couple is unique. We, therefore, strive to create, together with the bride and groom, a ceremony that represents the couple's personality. Each element of the wedding is tailored to accomplish this -- from the selection of readings to the music selections, to the vows themselves.

It is our great honor to participate in helping to make your wedding, wedding vows renewal, or commitment ceremony memorable.

To download a South Church Wedding Information Form, click here.

To download a South Church Wedding Brochure, click here.


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