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We’re glad you asked! We would be honored and excited to have you celebrate your special day with us! Note: We estimate that the premarital process, from class attendance to booking the date, is a 90-day process. Step 1: Register to attend our premarital counseling class. We offer a six-week course covering topics such as: the marriage covenant, expectations in marriage, finances, communication, parenting, and romance. The premarital process includes classes, group discussions, and private counseling sessions. Successful completion of our six-week course is a prerequisite to booking a wedding at Calvary, or for booking one of our pastors for your offsite wedding. Classes are offered several times per year. Step 2: Meet as a couple with your private counselor. Towards the end of the six-week session, we will assign one of our pastors/counselors to meet with you privately. Step 3: Upon approval from your counselor, connect with our wedding office, which will book your preferred date and officiant, and assist you along the way. Call 954-556-4244 or send an e-mail to Weddings@CalvaryFTL.org. Here are a few frequently asked questions regarding some more delicate matters. Does class completion guarantee that Calvary will officiate my ceremony? Not necessarily. The majority of couples going through the premarital classes end up getting married by a Calvary pastor or minister. However, there are some relationships that have concerns that will lead Calvary to opt out of performing the ceremony. These concerns include, but are not limited to: great financial duress in the potential marriage, refusal to abstain from sexual relations/fornication prior to marriage, serious irreconcilable conflict prior to marriage, an unhealthy pattern of marriage and divorce in one’s life that has not been healed or dealt with. All who complete the class will obtain a Completion of Counseling Form, which can be applied to the discount the state of Florida offers. However, couples wanting to have a Calvary officiant must complete all classes and be approved by the premarital counselor assigned to them. Can same sex couples attend the premarital classes or get married at Calvary? Due to our understanding of God’s Word, we are not permitting same sex couples to attend the premarital classes, nor will we officiate their wedding. Please click here to see our explanation about this very sensitive issue in our culture today., Our Biblical Counseling Ministry would be glad to sit down to discuss this matter with any couples who would like to engage in a deeper conversation.