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We are delighted that you are considering being married at St. James’. Both the chapel and the main church have been newly renovated and are particularly beautiful sacred spaces for weddings. 

Although you need not be a member of St. James’ to be married here, if you live locally we sincerely hope that you will consider becoming part of the St. James’ community and making this your spiritual home.

Should you choose to be married at St. James’, the clergy and parish staff will work with you to create a meaningful service of worship and a good beginning for your marriage.

1) First things:

The clergy of St. James’ take very seriously our commitment to you in helping you establish the best possible foundation for your lifetime together. Therefore our policies are consistent with the canons of the Episcopal Church which require the following:

  • at least one of the parties must be a baptized Christian
  • the couple does premarital preparation with a member of the clergy (4-6 sessions)
  • in the case of a divorced person who wishes to remarry, permission of the Bishop of Central New York is required, adding at least 30 days to the preparation time.

2) Service details:

Planning your wedding takes place in collaboration with one of St. James’ clergy and musicians. Each couple will be guided in thinking through options for the service such as readings and music, flowers and photography, with flexibility and creativity so that your wedding ceremony reflects you while honoring the sacred space and the framework and beauty of the Episcopal liturgy (wedding service).

3) Fees:

Wedding costs are a concern of every couple. Our intent therefore is to make details clear and direct. Fees cover the cost of musicians, altar guild, sexton, and other ministries. The two fee tiers for members and non-members recognize that members already contribute to this parish and to the mission of St. James’.  Fees may be found here.
For more information, and to set up an initial conversation with one of our clergy, please contact the Parish Manager, Beth Cichostepski through the Parish Office (315) 685-7600 or