Weddings at Good Shepherd
Guidelines for the Celebration of a Marriage
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
200 W College St, Terrell, TX 75160
The Rev’d David M. Faulkner, Rector
1. At least one of the parties wishing to be married must have received Holy Baptism.
2. Holy Matrimony is a Sacrament of the Church shared in a public worship service. At least one
of the parties must either: 1.) Worship regularly at Good Shepherd, 2.) Be looking for a church
home, 3.) Share a family connection to Good Shepherd, 4.) Worship regularly at another
church. The Rector alone will determine if this condition is met.
3. Communication from the Rector and office will be directed only to the bride and groom.
4. No marriage will be placed on the Parish Calendar until all required paperwork has been
received, along with a $150 deposit, which will be applied to the cleaning fee, if applicable.
Both parties to the marriage must sign the Declaration of Intention ascribing to a belief in
Christian Marriage as understood by The Episcopal Church.
5. If Ballard Hall is used, there is a cleaning fee of $150. For those who are not pledging members
there is also a required $300 contribution to the parish. Pledging members are encouraged to
give a tithe of their wedding expenses in thanksgiving. Linens may be rented for $200.
6. The Music fee of $250 is paid to the Parish Musician. The Parish Musician has the right of
first refusal. The Rector and the Parish Musician must approve any other musician. If another
musician is used, the Parish Musician is still paid the $250 fee. All music must be approved by
the Parish Musician and the Rector. Pre-recorded music is not used in the church.
7. Pre-marital counseling is required in The Episcopal Church. Pre-marital counseling typically
consists of the Prepare/Enrich online survey and five sessions of counseling. The cost of the
survey is paid via the Prepare/Enrich website. The couple may fulfill the counseling requirement
with another Episcopal priest of the Rector’s choosing only if they do not reside locally.
8. The request for solemnization of marriage must be made at least 90 days prior to the wedding
date. Weddings are not celebrated in Advent, Lent, Holy Week, or Easter Week. Exceptions
can only be made for compelling pastoral reasons (e.g. the impending birth of a child, military
deployment, etc.). The Rector will preside at all weddings, unless he consents and invites
another Episcopal priest to preside. Clergy of other traditions may participate in a role
determined by the Rector and only at his invitation.
9. The service will be from The Book of Common Prayer. A unity candle is not used.
10. If either party has been previously married and divorced, a final divorce decree must be
provided and proper concern for the former spouse, and children, if applicable, must be
demonstrated. Permission of the Bishop of Dallas to marry must be obtained. (Please note: This
process must be complete before a wedding date may be finalized on the Parish Calendar.)
11. In accordance with the Canons of The Episcopal Church, it is within the discretion of the
Clergy to decline to preside at any marriage. If the Rector declines to preside, the wedding
may not take place at Good Shepherd.
12. There is no Clergy fee for the Rector to preside at a marriage. An honorarium is
appropriate and appreciated. $100-$200 is typical.
13. The Rector’s decision on all matters whatsoever is final and absolute.
No couple will be denied marriage in the church for financial reasons. If finances are an
issue, please discuss this with the Rector. If the bride and groom consent to these
guidelines, an appointment with the Rector may be scheduled.