Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine offers wedding ceremonies, memorial services, and christenings for children. These ceremonies are officiated by ministers of Self-Realization Fellowship and follow a format designed by its founder, Paramahansa Yogananda, who conducted these ceremonies during his lifetime.
Before a ceremony date can be set, a few important steps need to be taken:
A) Please complete Lake Shrine’s ceremony request form: Completing and submitting this form will initiate a personal communication process to help us understand your wishes while matching our available resources with your needs. The completed form will be received by our Ceremonies Coordinator, who will review and contact you within 3-5 days.
B) Personal contact: The second step is to have a personal meeting or phone conversation with the Ceremonies Coordinator. For Wedding requests, this will be followed by an interview with a Self-Realization Fellowship minister.
C) Date and venue selection: Lake Shrine has an annual calendar of pre-reserved dates for conducting ceremonies. On the request form you can choose a desired month. Then, according to availability, an optimal date and time can be chosen. Two chapels are available: the intimate landmark Windmill by the Lake, which seats up to 75 people; and the Temple Sanctuary, which seats up to 400. We are not able to offer outdoor lake-side ceremonies. On-site reception space is not available, so ceremony parties will need to make their own arrangements for a reception to be held elsewhere.
D) Ceremonies are conducted on a donation basis. Your donation helps to cover the cost of operating SRF Lake Shrine and keeping it open to the public. The suggested donation will depend upon the ceremony requested, the size, and venue. Your generosity is very much appreciated.
“May we care for each other unselfishly, ever-increasingly, until our love becomes the love of God.”
From Holy Vows at Marriage, by Paramahansa Yogananda