Weddings at Emmanuel
Built in 1902, Emmanuel Church is an Episcopal congregation located in Newport, Rhode Island, a historic seaport city of 25,000 residents at the southern tip of Aquidneck Island, the largest island in Narragansett Bay.
The church was designed by the noted church architect Ralph Adams Cram with the interior designed by Bertrand Grosvenor Goodhue, the church includes a limestone altar, carved wooden choir stalls, striking stained glass windows, monumental murals in the Art Nouveau style and an ornate oak reredos. The church comfortably seats 250 people. Emmanuel Church, one of Newport’s architectural treasures, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
We welcome the opportunity to discuss celebrating your wedding at Emmanuel Church. What follows applies to all couples seeking to have their relationships blessed in our midst. We hope that the marriage service will add to the joy of your wedding and help make your marriage a living symbol of the union between Christ and his Church.
The first step in considering a wedding at Emmanuel is to make an initial appointment with the Rector where she will review with you the requirements of the Episcopal Church, in particular:
- At least one person of the couple is a baptized Christian.
- Completion of the Declaration of Intention for Holy Matrimony form to declare that marriage is a lifelong union.
- If either or both of the parties to the marriage have been previously married and the marriage has ended in divorce, permission must be obtained from the Bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island.
- Premarital counseling is required.
We hope that you will choose to be involved in the life of the parish. The single best thing we can do to honor and foster a life-long union is to provide a warm, friendly and solid church home that enriches people’s spiritual lives. A shared religious experience is a solid foundation for a lasting marriage. We invite you to join us for worship Sundays at 8 and 10 AM, and Wednesdays at 6 PM in the church where you can learn more about this faith community.
Call the church office 401.847.0675 or email Jean directly firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Jean for pricing. Individuals must be pledging members at Emmanuel for at least one year for special pricing.
It is expected that the Rector of Emmanuel will perform the episcopal wedding ceremony and that the Director of Music be asked to play at all weddings at Emmanuel Church. If they should not be available, or with their permission, another Rector or organist may be allowed.
Frequently Used Wedding Marches
These marches are played on Emmanuel Church’s organ by Raymond Buttero.
Wedding March from Lohengrin by Richard Wagner
Prelude from ‘Te Deum’ by Marc-Antoine Charpentier