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Please set the date of your wedding as far in advance as possible. Upon receipt of your application and the non-refundable $200 deposit, your wedding date will be reserved. We require all being married at Bethany Community Center have participated in premarital counseling. If you choose to use an officiant other than our Pastor, you need to provide written documentation of their ordination from a mainline religious Christian denomination.
Pre-Marital Counseling Sessions:
An important step in the preparation of your wedding will be premarital counseling sessions. We currently offer a three counseling sessions prior to the wedding. Each session comes with pre-reading prior to the session. The books required will be discussed at the initial meeting. If you choose another officiant, the persons being married must provide written documentation of completing premarital counseling.
The wedding may be celebrated in the sanctuary. The fireside room is available for the groom and the groomsmen to prepare prior to the wedding. The fellowship hall or the pastor’s lounge may be used for the bride and her attendants to get ready prior to the wedding.
This is the responsibility of the bridal couple. However, we have several qualified musicians available for the wedding day festivities. Please let us know at the time of reservation if you are in need of musicians or equipment.
Bethany Community Center does not allow alcoholic beverages on the premises at any time. We also are also a non-smoking facility. While we understand the excitement and expect a celebratory feel, we expect a proper amount of reverence within the sanctuary. For the safety those participating or attending, we suggest bubbles be outside the church as the bride and groom depart.
A wedding rehearsal is required for all weddings. The rehearsal lasts for about one hour and is generally held the day or evening prior to the ceremony. All participating in the event should be present for the rehearsal. The Pastor will direct the rehearsal. All decisions concerning the format of the wedding service are done in consultation with the bridal couple with the final decision on al matters stays with the Pastor.
The wedding license is a function of the Dupage County Clerk’s office. It needs to be attained 30 days prior to the wedding date. The license from the county should be given to the Pastor prior to the wedding or at the rehearsal dinner.
We usually do not create a wedding program for those attending. However, if assistance is needed, we can create a wedding program for a separate investment.
Investment for the Use of the Facility:
Non-refundable deposit for the reservation of the facility: $200
Sanctuary Space Sharing Contribution: $800
All facility payments are due the week prior to the event. If writing a check, please make the payable: The United Methodist Church (Northern Illinois Conference)
Investment for Bethany Community Center Staff:
Officiant (Ordained Pastor) and three counseling sessions: $500
Personal Wedding Coordinator for the whole event: $400
Audio Visual Technician (Day of Wedding): $150
Day of Wedding Coordinator: $150
All remaining fees and honorariums are to be paid at the rehearsal.