Bay Shore Church has a traditional sanctuary with stained glass windows, mahogany paneled walls, mahogany pews, and burgundy carpeting and flooring. The main floor has a center aisle and seats 300. The balcony seats an additional 150 people. The church has a pipe organ and a Steinway grand piano. String quartets or harpists may also be used for music. Please see our music policy below.
Gabrielson Chapel, adjacent to the sanctuary, is available before and after the wedding for use by the wedding party for pictures, signing the marriage license, etc. Gabrielson Chapel can also accomodate smaller weddings, no more than 50 guests with a total of six in the bridal party including the bride and groom.
Coordinating Your Wedding
Our wedding directors will assist you with your preparations and will be present at both your rehearsal and wedding. Please contact our lead wedding director, Jill Stanley, shortly after scheduling your wedding so she can place the date on her calendar and begin to help you with your wedding choices.
Your wedding will be officiated by one of the ministers on our staff, according to availability. Our denomination ordains both men and women to Christian ministry and Bay Shore Church calls both to its staff. Ministers are assigned to weddings depending upon their schedules. We want you to be comfortable with this policy before you book your wedding. You will meet with a pastor for at least two premarital sessions prior to the wedding.
Music at Your Wedding
Church policy permits our church organist or a substitute of his choosing to play at your wedding. If you interested in employing one of our vocal soloists, or you are searching for other string, woodwind or brass instrumentalists, our organist can recommend musicians for you. If you wish to have amplified sound or play a CD during your wedding, our Sound Technician must be employed.
Photography & Video
Flash pictures are not allowed during the wedding service as they distract from the religious nature of the ceremony. Posed pictures are permitted before or after the ceremony. Video personnel must remain in the choir loft or balcony, and must be attired appropriately.
No alcoholic beverages are allowed in or around the church and wedding party participants are strongly discouraged from consuming alcohol before the wedding. Smoking is not permitted in any church buildings. Rice, birdseed, and confetti may not be thrown after the wedding.
Our Wedding Package
Church Sanctuary Donation: $800
Gabrielson Chapel Donation: $400
(may be considered a tax-deductible contribution to the church)
Wedding Directors: $300 – $400
(depending on size and complexity of wedding)
Sound Technician $150
Half of the church donation is required as a deposit to hold the date and time. It will be refunded up to 90 days before your wedding date if it is cancelled. The remaining honoraria are due at the wedding rehearsal, paid separately by check or cash to those involved in the ceremony.