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WEDDING POLICY

"So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate." Matthew 19:6

M-5.3       Weddings

                      

M-5.31      Wedding of Member

                  All weddings must have the approval of Session of Bethel Presbyterian Church.  To

                  reserve a date and receive approval, the person or couple making the request must

                  complete  the “Request for Use of Bethel Property” and the “Coordinator’s 

                  Information” forms at least two months before the event and agree to the M-5.2 “Use

                  of Church Property” policy.  The forms shall be available from the church secretary

                  in hard copy, by fax, or by e-mail.

                  A.  Director:   The Wedding Coordinator of Bethel will assist in the planning and

                        will direct the wedding.  If the bride prefers to have a friend to serve as director,

                        she is to have that approved by the Wedding Coordinator of Bethel.  The bride 

                        will provide the completed “Coordinator’s Information” form to the Wedding

                       Coordinator of Bethel.

                  B.  Music:  The Music Director will approve the music for the wedding and the

                        pianist or organist.  Music should be sacred in purpose and suited to the occasion. 

                        Secular music is not appropriate for a church wedding.

                  C.  Flowers:  A floral arrangement from a Saturday wedding may be left for the

                        Sunday morning service if so desired by the wedding party.  The bride will

                        contact the church secretary or the Floral Coordinator of Bethel as to the plans for

                        the flowers. 

                  D.  Rehearsal:   The members of the wedding party will be reminded that throughout the

                        rehearsal they are in a holy place dedicated to the worship of God.

                  E.   Smoking:   Smoking is forbidden on the church property.

                  F.   Alcohol:  The serving or consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly forbidden

                        in the  buildings or on the grounds.

                  G.  Photographs:  Photographs should not be taken during the ceremony.  Video

                        recordings should be  made from a fixed position at the rear of the sanctuary.

                  H.  Fees:   The fees are all-inclusive and are to be paid in advance to the church. 

                                    $   50    Custodial fee for use of Sanctuary

                                         50    Custodial fee for use of Douglas Hall

                                         75    Honorarium to Wedding Coordinator         

                                       100    Honorarium to Organist                              

                                       150    Honorarium to Minister                    

              

M-5.32      Wedding of Non-Member

                  All weddings must have the approval of Session of Bethel Presbyterian Church.  To

                  reserve a date and receive approval, the person or couple making the request must

                  complete the “Request for Use of Bethel Property,” and the “Coordinator’s

                  Information” forms at least two months prior to the event and must agree to the M-5.2

                  “Use of Church Property” policy.  The forms shall be available from the church

                  secretary in hard copy, by fax, or by e-mail. 

                  A.   Director:   The Wedding Coordinator of Bethel will assist in the planning and

                        will direct the wedding.  If the bride prefers to have a friend to serve as director,

                        she is to have that approved by the Wedding Coordinator of Bethel.  The bride

                        will provide the completed “Coordinator’s Information” form to the Wedding

                        Coordinator of Bethel.

                  B.  Music:   The Music Director will approve the music for the wedding and the

                        pianist or organist.   Music should be sacred in purpose and suited to the occasion. 

                        Secular music is not appropriate for a church wedding.

                  C.  Flowers:   An arrangement from a Saturday wedding may be left for the Sunday

                        morning service if so desired by the wedding party.  The bride will contact the

                        church secretary or the Floral Coordinator of Bethel as to the plans for the

                        flowers.

                  D.  Rehearsal:  The members of the wedding party will be reminded that throughout

                        the rehearsal they are in a holy place dedicated to the worship of God.

                  E.   Smoking:   Smoking is forbidden on the church property.

                  F.   Alcohol:  The serving or consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly

                        forbidden in the buildings or on the grounds.

                  G.  Photographs:   Photographs should not be taken during the ceremony.  Video

                        recordings should be  made from a fixed position at the rear of the sanctuary.

                  H.  Fees:   The fees are all-inclusive and are to be paid in advance to the church

                        office.  A deposit of $200 of the user fee is required when approval is given by the

                        Session.  The balance will be paid no later than two weeks before the wedding

                        date.

                                    $ 300   Balance on user fee of $500 for sanctuary and Douglas Hall OR

                                       100   Balance on user fee of $300 for sanctuary only              

                                       100   Custodial fee for sanctuary                                                                                                     100   Custodial fee for Douglas Hall

                                       150   Honorarium to Wedding Coordinator                                               

                                       150   Honorarium to Organist

                                       250   Honorarium to Minister