We are pleased you are interested in having your wedding at the Little Brown Church. The following has been prepared to acquaint you with several facts that will be helpful in considering our church for your wedding venue.
Your wedding at our church is considered a religious & spiritual service performed by our Pastor and will be set within the context of the Christian Faith. All wedding ceremonies are approximately 15 minutes in length with slight variations in length due to the uniqueness of the Pastor’s words of encouragement, the number of people in the wedding party or the inclusion of a solo.
*YES Dressing rooms are available
*YES The Church is air conditioned
*YES Both the Church and Fellowship hall (basement) are handicap accessible
*YES Receptions may be held in our Fellowship hall
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. 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.
The Fee & Deposit:
Half Hour Wedding – Up to 50 guests $225 (deposit of $115)
One Hour Wedding – Up to 125 guests $355 (deposit of $175)
Two Hour Wedding – Up to 125 guests $600 (deposit of $300)
Additional services are available as per our Wedding policy.
We require weddings with 50 people or more in attendance 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. If you would like to have more than one hour for your service or photographs, you would need to contact the church office for availability.
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 need to use our organist and/or soloist. 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
Receptions: $75 Non-refundable Deposit
Receptions are held in the Fellowship Hall and hosted by the Women’s Fellowship organization. The hall seats 70 people comfortably. In addition to the hall rental there is a per person cost along with the cost of food. If you are interested in having a reception, please indicate your desire on the registration form. We are an alcohol free campus.
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.
If you are looking for a specific date or time that is not listed on our website, please contact the church office.
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.
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.
The service price includes the pastor’s services, the assistance of a wedding hostess, dressing rooms for the wedding party, the ringing of the church bell for the couple after the service, and the forwarding of your marriage license to the appropriate courthouse.
**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.