You are in love and the decision has been made to be married. Now what?
There are so many decisions to be made: what time of year to be married and where, what to wear, the ring selection, who will be included in the wedding party, how many guests to invite, what flavor cake and who will bake it, which caterer to use, who will take the photographs, live or recorded music, how many floral arrangements and candles to order… The decisions can be so overwhelming that it is easy to lose sight of the love that brought you together in the first place. Meeting with your wedding officiant or clergy person can help you and your beloved to stay focused on the meaning and joy of your commitment. The wedding officiant has had experience with many weddings and many couples. That experience can help to reduce your anxiety and ease the pressure you feel to “plan the perfect wedding day.”
Here is a list of local clergy who have experience guiding couples through their wedding day. These clergy and congregations welcome same-gender couples to be married in their buildings.
Rev. Andy Andrews and Rev. Laura Gettys, St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38105, 901.527.3361
Rev. Cynthia Andrews Looper, Holy Trinity Community Church
685 S Highland St, Memphis, TN 38111, 901.320.9376
Rev. Jarad Bingham, Shady Grove Presbyterian Church
5530 Shady Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38120, 901.683.7329
Rev. David Breckenridge, First Baptist Church
200 E Pkwy N, Memphis, TN 38112, 901.454.1131
Rev. Cheryl Cornish and Rev. Sonia Walker, First Congregational Church
1000 South Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104, 901.278.6786
Rev. Chris Girata and Rev. Eyleen Farmer, Calvary Episcopal Church
102 N 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103, 901.525.6602
Dr. Darnell Gooch, Jr., Cathedral of Praise Church, (inside Buntyn Presbyterian Church) 561 S. Prescott St., Memphis, TN 38111 901.458.8271
Rev. Beth Lefever, Neshoba Unitarian Universalist Church
7350 Raleigh Lagrange Rd, Cordova, TN 38018, 901.266.2626
Rev. Eric Posa, Church of the River/First Unitarian Church
292 Virginia Ave W, Memphis, TN 38103, 901.526.8631
Rev. Steve Montgomery, Idlewild Presbyterian Church
1750 Union Ave., Memphis, TN 38104, 901.726.4681
Interim Minister, Unity Church of Practical Christianity
9228 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, TN 38018, 901.753.1463
Editor’s note: All the churches we’ve listed are welcoming congregations. We recommend that you visit the church during worship services, participate in the life of the church, then join the church that feels like home. Note, there may be a waiting period after you join before you are eligible to reserve a wedding date.
Not interested in joining? Church facilities are in demand for all couples, and because of this, congregations may have rules for weddings that church members be given priority over non-members.