Your wedding is very important to us, so we hope that these wedding
procedures are clear and helpful in planning your special event.
A Christian marriage is a spiritual union with God that is intended
to be a visible expression of the relationship that God has with the
Church, which is the Bride of Christ. (Ephesians 5:25-27)
Our prayer is that your ceremony will bring glory to the Lord as you
begin your new life together as husband and wife.
Scheduling Your Wedding
Scheduling of your wedding begins
with a meeting with our Wedding Coordinator. Members of Northwest
Bible Church are given priority in scheduling. A member is one who
has gone through a membership class, agrees with the NBC Doctrinal
Statement, has been interviewed by an elder, and has worshipped here
regularly in the past 6 months (Bi-laws). Upon availability,
non-members may schedule their wedding four months prior to their
Reservations for weddings,
rehearsals, rehearsal dinners and receptions are not entered
permanently on the church calendar until the bride and groom has met
with the Wedding Coordinator and given a $200 non-refundable
No wedding may be scheduled during
Easter Week (Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday), Missions Conference
(February), Memorial Day Weekend (May), July 4th, Labor
Day Weekend (September) or the day after the Fall Fun Festival
(November.) The period from Thanksgiving through New Year holidays
will be reviewed for members only on a case-to-case basis and will
depend on availability of staff and facilities. During this holiday
period the fee will double. Church decorations as set for Sunday
services may not be removed.
Weddings are scheduled on Friday at
7:00 pm and Saturday at 10:00 or 11:00 am, 3:00 or 4:00 pm, and 6:00
or 7:00pm. Receptions are allowed after the Saturday weddings only
and are limited to 3 hours. Any changes of times of rehearsals
and/or dates of weddings must be coordinated with the Wedding
Choosing a Minister/ Premarital Counseling
It is the responsibility of the
bride and groom to secure a minister to perform premarital
counseling and the wedding ceremony. Premarital counseling is a
requirement for marriage at NBC. Any minister outside Northwest
Bible Church must be approved.
It is customary to give the minister
minimum honorarium of $200.
Couples living together (both member
and non-member) must submit to the following policy in order to use
our facilities: separate residences and sexual abstinence until the
wedding date. They must also meet attend our Marriage Equipping
Class or other similar premarital class before the wedding.
A Church Wedding Hostess is assigned
to the bride in a timely manner. However, you may still wish to
engage the services of a professional wedding consultant. An outside
consultant must confer with the assigned Wedding Hostess regarding
church policies, logistics and times of arrival and departure of
bridal parties and suppliers.
The Wedding Hostess and/or Reception
Hostess prepare a detailed facility request giving the requirements
for the event. These forms must be returned to the Wedding
Coordinator one month prior to the event. Therefore, you
must get the details of your event to your hostess in time for her
to prepare and either she or you submit the facility request. If
this form is not submitted one month prior to your event though
scheduled, your set up may not occur.
The Wedding Hostess assists in
preparing the order of the wedding service. She is available at the
rehearsal and is on site two hours prior to the wedding service and
remains on duty until the bride leaves the campus. She is
responsible for coordinating the arrival of suppliers with the
Wedding Coordinator or Facilities Coordinator.
The Wedding Hostess in consultation
with the Wedding Coordinator is empowered to represent the church
regarding your wedding at the church.
Rehearsal Dinner/Reception Hostesses
A Hostess is assigned to the bride
and her family for either a rehearsal dinner and/or reception in the
Christian Life Center. She supervises the use of our facilities and
is available to consult with set-up information and decor for these
events. She supplies the bride with information regarding
tablecloths, dishes and services such as dishwashing.
Outside caterers may be used for
these events. A deposit of $150 and a signed agreement from the
caterer are required by the church one month prior to the
event. If the kitchen and facilities are left clean and in good
condition, the $150 deposit will be returned. Caterers are
responsible for set-up of the tables with linens, dishes,
silverware, rented linens, bussing tables during reception, putting
away left over food. Should refrigeration or other storage be
necessary prior to the event, permission from the Facility
Department must be obtained. If the caterer wishes to use the
stoves and ovens special permission must be given by the Facility
The caterer must clean any equipment
used in preparation of the event. The caterer must dispose of food
left from the event. No alcoholic beverages may be served on
campus and smoking is not permitted in any building.
Northwest Bible Church Fees
The Wedding Coordinator provides a
current list of fees for weddings and receptions. Upon registration
for an event, a non-refundable deposit of $200.00 is due to hold
your date and a $250 facility deposit is requested. The bride will
be invoiced one month prior to the wedding for the balance of the
church fees. All fees, including the facility deposit, must be
paid three weeks prior to the wedding. A separate payment for
nursery services must also be paid three weeks prior if requested.
Payment can be paid out in installments if desired.
If an event is to be
cancelled, the responsible party must contact the Wedding
Coordinator three weeks prior to the event. This will ensure
adequate time to reach all effected departments and individuals. If
the Wedding Coordinator is notified by this time, Northwest will
reimburse the full amount already paid with the exception of the
$200 non-refundable deposit. If notification is given later than
three weeks prior, Northwest will keep 50% of the total cost to
cover any/all expenses.
Your designated NBC Wedding Hostess
will begin the rehearsal promptly at the designated time and proceed
in an orderly manner. Rehearsals will begin on time even if all
members of the wedding party are not present. You may
have either your Minister or Wedding Hostess conduct the actual
A Thursday night rehearsal is
available from 5:00 to 6:00 pm only. By 6:00 pm, all wedding party
and help will be ushered out, regardless if the rehearsal is
finished. Therefore, be sure everyone arrives in a timely manner
and are willing to listen and cooperate with the Hostess. Also,
absolutely NO DECORATIONS OR STAGE SET UP will be allowed or moved
on Thursday (this includes the stage extensions for Sunday
All rehearsals are to be completed
within one hour and Friday rehearsals are scheduled for 6:00 pm, or
7:15 pm. Musicians and vocalists should meet for rehearsal at a time
other than the wedding rehearsal. Using
the Worship Center
for rehearsal requires the approval
of the Facilities Coordinator. Otherwise, the Worship Center may not
be available. It is the responsibility of the bride or groom to
contact the Wedding Coordinator should an additional rehearsal with
the musicians or vocalists be needed. This needs to be scheduled
well in advance of the ceremony or the Sound Tech may not be
available. There will be an additional fee for this rehearsal.
It is the responsibility of the
Bride and Groom to provide the Minister with the marriage license
during the rehearsal or before the ceremony. A marriage license may
be obtained from the appropriate county office.
Music suitable for the marriage
ceremony directs attention to God. All music from the beginning of
the prelude to the end of the recessional should be appropriate for
a worship service. The Minister of Worship must approve the music
selection. The music selection must be submitted to the Minister of
Worship no later than one month prior to the ceremony. Because your
wedding ceremony is a worship service and celebration before the
Lord, your music selections should be appropriate, dignified and
worshipful. Your special love songs may be played at the rehearsal
dinner or reception.
Pre-recorded music is only allowed
if the soloist requires it for accompaniment.
Instrumentalists and Vocal Soloists
need a pianist or other musician, please contact the Minister of
NBC has a very fine organ that is a
combination electronic and pipe organ. We recommend hiring one of
the approved organists listed at the end of this document.
However, in the case that these organists are not available, any
other organist will need pre-approval prior to the wedding.
The Minister of Worship can assist
you in selecting a soloist suitable for the music selections made.
Fees for vocalists are paid directly to the individual prior to the
service. The bride or groom should provide the soloist with copies
of the music, as well as provide copies to the person playing the
accompaniment. Transpositions or arrangements of music desired by
the bride or groom are not the responsibility of the organist or
Our NBC trained Sound Technician
will provide a standard set up for your wedding ceremony. Only NBC
staff technicians are approved to operate the A/V equipment.
beyond a standard set up of 5 microphones will need approval six
weeks prior to your ceremony. The media fee changes after 5
microphones and needs approval from the Media Manager. PowerPoint
and video will only be allowed at the discretion and approval of the
Media Manager and will require an additional technician and fee.
The Sound Technician is also available for rehearsal dinners and
receptions for the use of our sound system and PowerPoint/Video
equipment. Arrangements for the use of our sound system for
rehearsal dinners and/or receptions must be made with the NBC
Wedding Coordinator three months prior to your event. A list of
media fees is available upon request. Additional fees will be
added in the case of short notice or additional work. In the
case of short notice, a Sound Tech may not be available.
Videotaping of Your Wedding
Videotaping of your wedding
ceremony may be done with existing lighting in the Worship
Center. The videographer may not stand on the stage and must
have approval of the location of the camera.
Flash photography may be done in
the Worship Center until thirty minutes prior to the wedding
service, after the ceremony and only during the processional and
recessional. As weddings are worship services, no flash
photographs are permitted during the ceremony. Under no
circumstances may the photographer move about the stage area or
around the Worship Center during the ceremony. The photographer
may take photos from the balcony, without a flash and as quietly
Floral arrangements, decor for
candelabra and other decorations may be placed on the stage area
with approval of the Wedding Hostess. Florists must arrange to
have their decor in place two hours prior to the service. Decor
items must be removed immediately after the ceremony and
photographs have been taken. Florists are responsible for
picking up their equipment on hour after the ceremony. NBC is
not responsible for storing the rental equipment.
Any candles other than the
Paradise Candelabra need approval of the Wedding Hostess or
Wedding Coordinator. Aisle markers and bows are permitted
without the use of tape, tacks or nails. Care must be taken to
avoid wax on the wooden floor of the stage because a fee will
be charged for spilled wax. Therefore, we ask that
the floor beneath candelabra be covered. (No floral arrangements
or candles are allowed on the piano.)
No aisle candles are
silk floral petals may be thrown inside the Worship Center.
Northwest Bible Church Nursery
Nursery facilities are available
when approved by the Nursery Coordinator and reservations for the
number of children anticipated must be made one month in advance of
the wedding. The fee for use of the nursery is a minimum of $100.00
for ten children and will be paid directly to Northwest one week
prior to the wedding.
Smoking is not permitted in any
part of the church facility.
Alcoholic beverages, including
champagne toasts are not permitted.
Dancing on campus is not
For safety reasons throwing rice
is not allowed. Only bubbles, birdseed or rose petals are
Northwest Bible Church assumes
no responsibility for lost, misplaced, or items left unattended
in our facilities.
Please make sure all personal
items are removed from the dressing rooms prior to your ceremony
if there is a wedding after yours.
The wedding party assumes TOTAL
obligation for damages to the buildings and/or
Media Manager - Scott Miller
Facilities Coordinator - Ryan
McCreery 214-368-7092, x420
Marriage Equipping Class Voicemail -
Weekend Facility Phone -