frequently asked questions
A quick look at some of our most frequently asked questions from brides, grooms, coordinators and families. Still have questions or need more information? Contact us!
How long does the ceremony last?
Wedding ceremonies typically last approximately 30 minutes depending on the scripture readings and music you have chosen.
I'm not Christian. Can I be married at the Neighborhood Church?
Absolutely. We welcome all couples regardless of religious background or faith traditions. Our ceremonies are performed in the Christian tradition and reference God and Christ, but are open enough that all will feel included.
Can I bring my own Minister, Rabbi, Imam or Priest?
We welcome guest clergy of all faiths to assist Neighborhood Church Ministers during Wedding ceremonies. Usually, participation takes place in the form of a prayer or scripture reading, though every Wedding is different, and the specifics are worked out between clergy prior to the ceremony. A Neighborhood Church Minister will remain the primary officiant and is the one who marries you and signs your Wedding license.
Let us know you'd like guest clergy to participate at the time of booking and we'll send over a form requesting the information we need.
Can I bring my own vendors-- florists, photographers and videographers?
Absolutely. Your vendors and Wedding team are welcome to be on site during your allotted time frame.
Your outdoor grounds are beautiful! Can I be married outside?
Almost all of our Weddings are held indoors in our Sanctuary. Although the Sanctuary is technically indoors, the ocean facing wall features large windows and glass doors, so it is as close to outdoors as you can get.
Outdoor ceremonies are limited to those involving 25 guests or less. These ceremonies are designed to be less formal and more intimate, and do not include the services of our Wedding Director or Organist. Any larger ceremony will need to be held in our Sanctuary.
What is the Pre-Marital Workshop?
The Pre-Marital Worksop is a required component of every Neighborhood Church Wedding. Held on a Saturday morning here at the Church, the Workshop is a group session designed to talk about marriage, partnership, and lifelong love. At this session, couples receive the name and contact information of the Minister officiating their Wedding so that they may schedule an individual meeting with them to get to know each other prior to the Wedding and discuss their ceremony specifically.
I'm not getting married at the Neighborhood Church, but I love your view. Can I take Wedding photos there?
Absolutely no Wedding day photography is allowed on the grounds, with the exception of couples being married at The Neighborhood Church during their allotted time frame. This includes bridal portraits, bridal party photos, and any photography in which the couple is in Wedding Day attire. Anyone found on the property in violation of these policies will be asked to leave immediately.
Do you have a reception location onsite?
For a number of reasons, we are unable to host wedding receptions. However, we are close enough to Redondo Beach, San Pedro and Palos Verdes that there is a reception venue for every style and budget nearby. Let us know if you need recommendations and we'll be happy to send over a few.