Wedding Policies

Congratulations on your desire to unite your lives together in marriage! The wedding ceremony is a joyful time and also a reverent and holy occasion. It is a worship service to the Lord because a Christian marriage is a visible illustration of the relationship between the Lord Jesus Christ and His bride, the Church. Because of the seriousness and sacredness of marriage, the wedding ceremony should be conducted in a way that is God-honoring.

At Countryside Bible Church our pastoral staff will officiate weddings for those who are members in good standing of Countryside. Our pastors will not officiate weddings in which any part of the ceremony conflicts with the normal worship services on the Lord’s Day. The individuals being married must both have a clear testimony of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is our desire that all events associated with a wedding that is held at Countryside Bible Church would be consistent with a desire to glorify our Lord. Should you have any questions regarding your wedding, reception, or rehearsal dinner, please talk with our Wedding Coordinator or one of the pastors at Countryside.

Planning

A Wedding Request Form must be completed and returned to the office so the wedding date can be approved and placed on the church calendar. Premarital counseling should also be scheduled with the pastor you desire to perform your ceremony. We ask that you complete both these tasks as far in advance as possible.

Weddings cannot conflict with general activities on the Countryside calendar. Saturday weddings must begin no later than 3:00 p.m.; the sanctuary must be cleaned and vacated by 5:00 p.m. and all other buildings must be cleaned and vacated by 5:00 p.m. Weddings are not scheduled on Sundays.

The couple is required to meet with the Countryside Wedding Coordinator, even if an outside coordinator is also being used.

The CBC Wedding Coordinator can provide help in many areas, including:

  • Planning the wedding service.
  • Facilitating the rehearsal and wedding ceremony.
  • Gathering details needed by the custodian and A/V technician.
  • Providing details to the couple regarding the CBC facility, including serving items and decorating items available for use.

*Please note: the CBC Wedding Coordinator does not help with planning or facilitating the wedding reception.

General Facility Guidelines

  • All weddings must be in accordance with Countryside Bible Church’s doctrinal statement, distinctives, and teachings on biblical marriage.
  • There is no charge at the time church facilities are reserved for a wedding.
  • The Wedding Request Form must include which building(s) will be used, and for what purpose.
  • Smoking and alcohol are not allowed on the church grounds or in the buildings.
  • The childcare facilities are not available for use during the rehearsal, ceremony, or reception, as these rooms must undergo a special cleaning after each use.
  • Please do not throw rice, confetti, birdseed, etc., anywhere on the church campus.
  • No red food or beverage (red icing, sauces or red punch) is allowed in any of the church buildings.
  • Candles are not allowed in the Worship Center except on the stage and if used they must be dripless candles. (Does not apply to flameless candles.)
  • Candles used for decorating must be inside glass containers.
  • Any set-up requirements for our custodial staff must be received in our office three weeksprior to the rehearsal.
  • If you desire to use the Fellowship Hall kitchen, a training session is required. Please contact the church office for an appointment to be trained in use of kitchen equipment.

Worship Center Lobby Reception Guidelines

The Lobby of the Worship Center may be used for small receptions with a limited menu, but is not suitable for sit-down meals. The following guidelines apply:

  • A fee of $250 will be charged for using the lobby area for a reception. If any type of food or beverage is served, an additional $75 will be charged.
  • A refundable damage deposit of $150 is due one week prior to the wedding (at the same time the wedding fee check to the church is paid). This is a separate check payable to Countryside Bible Church and will cover possible damage incurred. If damages exceed $150, the responsible party will be expected to pay the extra cost. A form will be filled out and signed by the responsible party when the $150 damage deposit is paid.
  • A proposed menu of all food and beverages planned for the reception must be submitted to the Facilities Director, for his approval, at least 3 weeks priorto the wedding. He will let you know when the menu is approved.

    For planning purposes, cake, light hors d’oeuvres, veggie, fruit and meat trays are examples of foods that might be approved.
  • No red food or beverage (red icing, sauces or red punch) is allowed in the lobby. Chocolate fountains are not permitted.
  • A diagram or plan must be submitted to the Facilities Director indicating the lobby set up for the reception. A few round or rectangular tables may be brought in for serving food or beverages. No additional tables will be brought in for the seating of guests and no additional chairs can be used. Additional tables may be rented but must be removed by 4:00 PM on Saturday. The counters in the lobby can be moved or used for food and drink. Additional details can be discussed with the Facilities Director.
  • No piano can be placed in the lobby, but the church’s keyboard may be used at the reception. This would be set up by the Technical Director.
  • There is no screen in the lobby, but the mounted TV monitors can be used to run a video.
  • If a microphone is needed in the lobby, one can be set up by the Technical Director. However, since there
    are no speakers in the ceiling, two speakers on stands would be used.
  • Please ensure that all children are supervised during the event.

Gym Guidelines

If you decide to use the gym, these additional facility guidelines apply:

  • The curtain, stage, and equipment behind the curtain must not be moved. The music and sound equipment may be used, but must be reserved in advance. The stage can be used if needed but it must not be moved.
  • The sound closet is only to be used by CBC sound technicians.
  • The children’s play area is not available for use.
  • The contents in the racks on the wall may only be removed by CBC staff.
  • Candles may only be used as centerpieces on tables. All other uses of candles in the gym are prohibited. (Does not apply to flameless candles.)

Fees

We do require fees for each building you choose to use. If you request the Worship Center or Chapel, the fee covers:

  • Camera Operator(s)
  • Custodial services
  • Media and Lighting
  • Sound Technician
  • Video Operator
  • Wedding Coordinator

Please write one check to Countryside Bible Church and turn it in to the office or you can give it the Wedding Coordinator no later than one week before the wedding.

Worship Center

  • Rehearsal and Wedding Day: $1350
  • Lobby – Reception: $250
  • Refundable Damage Deposit: $150

Chapel

  • Rehearsal and Wedding Day: $1000
  • Chapel – Reception: $450

Fellowship Hall

  • Rehearsal Dinner: $150
  • Reception: $150

South Building

  • Rehearsal Dinner: $150
  • Reception: $150

Gym

  • Reception: $250

Additional fee per event where food or drink is served $75

Please also note that proper wedding etiquette is to provide honorariums for those who participate in your wedding in areas such as music, food service, etc.

Responsibilities of Wedding Party

  • All decorating (both set-up and take-down).
  • Reserve the appropriate building(s) well in advance for any needed decorating or food preparation.
  • Any small items (pew clips, glass vases, etc.) borrowed from the church are to be returned to the Fellowship Hall kitchen on the day of the wedding.
  • Kitchen is to be cleaned up (even if using a caterer).
  • Any items intentionally thrown on the floor (i.e. silk flowers) are to be cleaned up immediately following the wedding.
  • All decoration, food, and beverage items are to be removed from all buildings on the day of the wedding.
  • All rented items are to be removed from the facilities on the day of the wedding.

Counseling

The joining of two lives in holy matrimony must be entered into with all seriousness. Premarital counseling, which is required as part of the wedding process, is for the purpose of instructing, encouraging, and reinforcing the statements of Scripture concerning responsibility, permanency, and unity in marriage. Appointments for premarital counseling should be made as soon as the decision to be married is reached. This counseling will cover many of the important issues involved in biblical marriage.

Officiating Pastor and Ceremony

Only CBC staff pastors may officiate weddings at Countryside Bible Church.

The order of service for the ceremony should be submitted to the officiating pastor well in advance of the wedding. The Wedding Coordinator can assist you in preparing your order of service.

General Conduct

Weddings are a sacred service that ought to emphasize the seriousness of the vows that are being exchanged. We would ask that the behavior, speech and activities at the wedding rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and wedding reception be pleasing to the Lord.

We would also ask that attire be modest, both at the rehearsal and on the wedding day. Please use good judgment when selecting the attire for the wedding party, and be especially intentional to take into consideration each of the ladies in the wedding party and the dresses you choose for them. Please use discretion for the glory of God and the testimony of the church.

The elders do not permit alcohol or dancing at any events, including weddings and receptions, which are scheduled at CBC facilities. We understand these are not biblically prohibited, but because of the difficulty in providing oversight, as well as the possible offense to some who might be in attendance, we have determined not to allow these activities on the church grounds.

Music

Music often plays an important part during the wedding ceremony. The couple is responsible to choose the music and make the necessary arrangements with any vocalists, accompanists, or instrumentalists, and to make sure the musicians have all the necessary scheduling information, copies of the music, and/or accompaniment.

All music and/or videos must be approved in advance by the Music Director at Countryside Bible Church. The Wedding Music Formshould be completed and submitted as soon as possible, and no later than three weeksbefore the ceremony. Please include lyrics in written form for all song selections. While secular music is allowed, please keep in mind that during the ceremony you will be making a covenant before God, and the music should reflect that.

With this in mind we ask that you please select either Christian music or music with a classical style for the wedding ceremony. If your music selection has a lyric line, please be sure that the lyrics are in keeping with the teachings of Scripture. You may use secular music during the reception so long as the lyrics are appropriate for a Christian gathering.

If you need assistance in making selections, please feel free to contact the Music Director in the church office. If you plan to use any pre-recorded music in the ceremony please bring a copy to the rehearsal so that the sound technician can test it.

Decorations

A list of items available at Countryside Bible Church for use in decorating is included in your wedding packet. To reserve any items, please fill out the EventKitchen Equipment & Linen Request Formonline and submit it to the church office no later than 2 weeksbefore the ceremony.

No tacks are to be used in the Worship Center. Care should be taken to protect the carpet from candle wax (dripless candles only). If you use tape on the carpet, it must be cloth tape or another kind of tape that leaves no sticky residue (specifically: no masking tape is to be used). If you have questions about the kind of tape you have decided to use please ask our custodians and they will assist you.

No decorations or flowers may be placed on the piano or organ. If you plan to use the fellowship hall for your reception please keep in mind that the ceiling is 12' 4" at its highest point and only light-weight decorations may be hung from the ceiling. The church has two 8' ladders that may be used when decorating.

It is the responsibility of the couple to arrange the decorating for their wedding, as well as ensuring that all decorations are removed from the facilities immediately following the wedding (including tape, string, etc.).

Rehearsal

To ensure a smooth ceremony, it is helpful for all members of the wedding party (including ushers and grandparents) to attend the rehearsal. Please encourage all members to be on time. The rehearsal will last approximately one hour. The Wedding Coordinator will help coordinate the rehearsal.