Thank you for considering The Little Brown Church for your wedding ceremony. Our hope is that we will be able to make your special day…even more special!!. The following page contains information that we hope will be helpful to you as you consider our church for your wedding venue. We would ask you to carefully read the information on this page before completing the booking form on the website. We hope that you will join the more than 76,000 couples who have been married in this beautiful, historic church over the last 150 years.
A Christian Service
We are an active Christian Church and congregation. Your wedding at our church will be performed by our Pastor and will be set within the context of the Christian Faith. Your vows will be made before God, and those present at your wedding ceremony. Our Pastor will share some brief instruction and encouragement from the Scriptures, and prayer will be offered for you (including the Lord’s Prayer) on your special day, and for your future life together.
How Many People Can We Accommodate?
Well, we are The LITTLE Brown Church! We can accommodate a maximum of 120 people in our sanctuary. Due to limitations of space at the front of the church we are only able to have eight members in the wedding party standing with the pastor. This would normally be the bride & groom plus three bridesmaids and three groomsmen. Other members of the wedding party can walk the aisle ahead of the bride but would need to be seated in the front side pews as soon as they reach the front of the church – and before the bride walks down the aisle. Because of space limitations, the front center pew is left unused. Immediate family members (moms and dads etc.) can be seated from the second center pew.
Just So You Know
*The Church is air conditioned
*Both the Church and Restrooms (located in the basement) are handicap accessible
The following website contains the laws of marriage in the State of Iowa Click here for details
you will need to provide a valid marriage license when you check in with at our church office the day of your wedding. You can obtain an Iowa Marriage License from any county in the state of Iowa. PLEASE NOTE: There is a 3 day waiting period before a license can either be mailed to you or be picked up at the courthouse. The Iowa Marriage License does not expire unless it is not retrieved from the county registrar within six months of application.
Length of Wedding, Fees & Deposit:
30 Minute Wedding – Up to 30 guests $225 (deposit of $115)
The thirty minute service is our standard wedding ceremony. The wedding ceremony itself normally takes between 15 – 20 minutes. You can choose to have an organist play for the ceremony and add one special song (live or recorded) from our list of wedding songs, which will be emailed to you once you book your wedding. Due to the limitation of time, we are not able to offer additional ceremonies (such as sand, unity cross etc.), or personal vows. Any additional post-ceremony photography would have to take place on the church grounds as there may be another wedding immediately following yours.
60 Minute Wedding – Up to 120 guests $355 (deposit of $175)
Weddings with 30 people or more in attendance are required to reserve the church for at least one hour to ensure there will be an adequate amount of time for guests to be seated and to allow time for the possibility of additional photographs inside the church. The sixty minute wedding would allow for a longer wedding ceremony. You can choose to have an organist play for the ceremony and add up to two special songs (live or recorded) from our list of wedding songs, which will be emailed to you once you book your wedding. In addition, you can choose to add a sand or unity cross ceremony, and insert personalized vows (if requested). PLEASE NOTE: At this time you would be required to purchase the items for the sand ceremony / unity cross and allow time to set them up prior to your wedding ceremony.
120 Minute Wedding – Up to 120 guests $600 (deposit of $300)
The two hour wedding contains all the elements of the sixty minute wedding but allows additional time for photographs etc.
NOTE: The price of each service includes the pastor’s services, the assistance of a wedding hostess, dressing rooms for the wedding party, wedding decorations inside and outside of the church, the ringing of the church bell for the couple after the service, and the forwarding of your marriage license to the appropriate courthouse. Additional services (such as an organist, live singer etc.) are available as per our Wedding policy.
After registering for a date and time on our website and paying your deposit you will receive an email confirmation. PLEASE NOTE: The deposit is non-refundable. If you need to cancel and would like to reschedule your date, the deposit will be held on file for one year from the original date of deposit.
Vow Renewals: There is no proof of marriage required or any legal documentation that needs to be obtained. The sanctuary is reserved for 1/2 an hour with the actual service lasting 12-15 minutes with slight variations in length due to the uniqueness of the Pastor’s words of encouragement, the number of people in the renewal party or the inclusion of one solo. The remaining time can be used for photography.
Sanctuary reserved for 1/2 hour Monday through Friday for up to 50 guests – $125.00 (deposit $62.50)
Sanctuary reserved for 1/2 hour on Saturday for up to 50 guests – $175.00 (deposit $87.50).
Witnesses: $10 Each unless you provide as part of your wedding party
Special Ceremonies: $10
If you have something other than what is listed on the registration form please email the office your request 2 weeks in advance – email@example.com
If you would like to have music during your service, you would be required to use our organist and/or soloists. A list of our standard offerings will be provided should you choose this option. Special music will need to be approved by the Pastor 2 weeks in advance. Please email the church office your request: firstname.lastname@example.org
We provide an assistant who will work with you on the day of your wedding to help coordinate the wedding party. This is included in your cost.
The Day of:
On the day of the wedding please arrive at the church office at least a half hour before your service time, with your witnesses. The office is located across the highway from the church. This will allow you time to complete your paperwork, payments, and preparations. Please make sure you have all the document that was given or sent to you from the courthouse. Final payments are expected in cash.
**Each Couple determines when/where/how photographs are taken during their ceremony. We just ask that you are mindful of the historic nature of the church and do not stand on the pews or move our antique furniture.**
If you have any additional questions, please contact the church office.