Guidelines for Weddings at FBC Richmond
Of all human events, none more easily becomes an occasion for rejoicing than does a wedding. Likewise, the church wedding is one of the most sacred moments in the life of any person. More than a gala social event, it is a religious ceremony, a worship service, in which two persons, along with family and friends, invoke the blessings of God upon their union.
The Church Calendar
Arrangements must be made with the pastor and church secretary for wedding rehearsals, ceremonies, and receptions so that they will not conflict with other scheduled activities of the church. All dates must be entered on the church calendar in the church office. The church secretary will handle these arrangements. The dates for the wedding and rehearsal are reserved upon receipt of the deposit.
The pastor or any duly ordained or licensed minister may perform a wedding ceremony at First Baptist Church of Richmond in accordance with the desires of the participants. Ministers who are not members of the First Baptist Church of Richmond shall be free to perform the ceremony according to the rites of their respective churches but should consult the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Richmond in advance of the wedding ceremony. The church does not host civil services. (Contact phone number: 281-342-8664)
When the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Richmond is to conduct the ceremony, the prospective bride and groom should arrange premarital conferences with him in advance of the wedding date. Allow approximately one hour for each conference. A minimum of four (4) conferences will be necessary.
Other Building Facilities
Arrangements for the use of the Family Life Center, Educational Building, and/or kitchen facilities for wedding receptions must be made in advance. The church will provide only the room and its regular furnishings, excluding all kitchen items. Places for the wedding participants to dress may be arranged in advance of the ceremony.
The wedding party will be held financially responsible for any damage or excessive untidiness of the building or furnishings to the satisfaction of the Church Director and Facility Coordinator and/or the responsible church committee.
The church is not liable for personal items or money belonging to the wedding party.
COSTS AND FEES
$500.00 – Deposit given to secure date (to be refunded)
$1,350.00 – Remainder to be paid thirty (30) days prior to the wedding
Breakdown of Fees
$500.00 – Deposit (Will be refunded thirty days after the wedding if all conditions are met)
$1000.00 – Use of sanctuary
$150.00 – Church Coordinator (Rehearsal and Wedding – Total of 8-hours)
$125.00 – Sound Technician (Rehearsal and Wedding – Total of 6-hours)
$75.00 – Facility Coordinator (Rehearsal and Wedding – Total of 6 hours)
Note : If Church Coordinator, Sound Technician, or Facility Coordinator work additional hours, the charge is $12.50 per hour for each individual.
Reception in the Fellowship Hall / Gymnasium
$100.00 – Set-up and cleaning fee
Other Possible Fees
Pianist – Securing and paying the pianist is your responsibility
Organist – Securing and paying the organist is your responsibility
Soloist – Securing and paying the soloist is your responsibility
Explanation of Duties
The Church Coordinator is required to be at any function involving the use of our facilities. The Church Coordinator is not responsible for coordinating the rehearsal or ceremony, but assistance can be given. The pastor of First Baptist Church will help design the service as a part of the pre-marital work.
A Sound Technician from First Baptist Church is needed if any music requires the use of microphones, tapes, and/or CDs.
The Facility Coordinator is responsible for arranging furniture in the sanctuary, bride’s room, groom’s room, or reception area.
In case of cancellation, the Church Coordinator’s fee and the Facility Coordinator’s fee will not be refunded (total $225.00). One month cancellation would be appreciated for a congenial full refund of the deposit.
If the wedding is cancelled within less than a month of its proposed date, $170.00 will be paid to the Church Coordinator and Facility Coordinator. The remainder of the deposit ($330.00) will be returned along with any other payments made.