We are so excited to be a part of this very special day you have ahead of you! The Riverside Community Church staff and wedding volunteers hope to make your wedding a positive experience for everyone involved: friends, family and guests. Throughout this process, it is our desire to encourage you to seek the elements that compose a strong and enduring marriage relationship. Our church is your home and we want you to feel welcome as we make facility arrangements, plan the music and worship service, and invite you into the process of premarital counseling. We look forward to these important and sacred days with you. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this celebration.
The Riverside Pastoral Staff
Weddings are one of the many ministries that Riverside offers to our community and we are happy that you are considering sharing in this ministry with us. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage and we wish you much joy and happiness. A marriage ceremony is a worship service. It is a sacred ritual of the church that needs thoughtful preparation. Be assured that careful study and concern have gone into the preparation of these wedding policies. Please read carefully and and join us as we prepare for your future success. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage and we wish you much joy and happiness.
Consultation and Scheduling a Wedding
Your first contact should be with our Wedding Coordinator. She will explain our guidelines and procedures and help you determine a date and time for your ceremony. No weddings are scheduled on the following holiday weekends: Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. No weddings are performed during the month of December or on Sundays. After considering these materials, you may register your wedding with the Wedding coordinator, pay the non-refundable $100 deposit, and schedule an appointment with one of our ministers should you choose to use one for conducting your ceremony. The consultation with the minister will be a time to become better acquainted, discuss the concept of a Christian marriage and the significance of various parts of the wedding service, including the meaning of the vows.
Upon approval by one of our ministers, Christian pastors from other churches and denominations are welcome to conduct wedding services in our church. If you want to have an outside minister perform your ceremony, please tell the wedding coordinator and the minister at your consultation. We will need the guest minister’s name and address in order to extend an invitation to perform your service in our church.
Rehearsals are scheduled for 5-6 p.m. or from 6-7 p.m. on the night before the wedding. They are conducted by the Wedding coordinator. RCC ministers do not attend the rehearsals. If a visiting minister would like to participate, they are welcome. Everyone who is going to attend the rehearsal should be present 15 minutes early so that the rehearsal can begin promptly.
We know that preparing for your wedding is very special and a tremendous commitment of your time and finances. Your wedding day is the beginning of a lifetime together and RCC has developed a program to help prepare you for this. We require that couples participate in premarital counseling led by a professional marriage counselor. Through our pre-marriage preparation, you will be given the opportunity to increase your awareness and understanding of key marital issues and to develop interpersonal skills essential to strengthen your relationship. Couples in this process identify strengthing and growth areas while improving communication and conflict resolution skills. Each couple has the opportunity to focus on families of origin, intimacy, sexuality and/or financial issues. Riverside’s Counseling Coordinator offers premarital counseling or a list of other approved counselors.
Facilities and Costs
Two areas in the church are available for weddings, subject to prior scheduling and limitations. Sanctuary Seating Capacity is 325. Chairs are provided for Sanctuary ceremonies. Outdoor Meadow seating capacity is 350. Chairs are not provided for Outdoor Meadow ceremonies.
Sanctuary – $800
Outdoor Meadow – $600
Reception Hall – $200 in addition to Sanctuary or Outdoor Meadow fee
A/V Technician *required for ceremonies in the Sanctuary* – $400
RCC Minister – $400 for on campus/$450 for off campus
The above fees include the services of the wedding coordinator and cleaning staff. Full payment to the church is expected and appreciated one month prior to your wedding date.
The Sanctuary and Reception Hall are available for set up 4 hours prior to the start of your wedding. Clean up following the wedding must be complete within 1 hour of the conclusion of the event. If the Reception is held at the facility, all personal items and trash must be removed within the clean up timeframe. If you need additional time, please discuss it with the wedding coordinator.
Smoking and Alcohol
RCC is a smoke-free and alcohol-free environment. Prior to the rehearsal and during the wedding, it is expected that the wedding party refrain from the use of alcoholic beverages. Smoking is not permitted in any part of the church building. We ask the bride and groom to be responsible for sharing these policies with all members of the wedding party.
If you wish to serve communion, it must be offered to the entire congregation.