Requirements for a McGregor Wedding
There are only two institutions that God has ordained—the church and the home. Therefore, marriage is a sacred institution, ordained by God. Even non-Christians, married outside the church, have entered into a “covenant” with each other, whether or not they realize it, because marriage is God’s idea. We believe marriage should always be a three-way relationship involving man, woman and Almighty God. As a result, the following are requirements for a wedding at McGregor Baptist Church:
- Church Membership/Member of Life Group.
- Premarital Counseling by McGregor’s Staff Counselor, Beverly Chesnut or other approved Christian Counselor.
- A clear testimony of your relationship to Jesus Christ.
- A shared commitment to the Biblical standard of moral purity.
- A prayerful and Biblical evaluation of your marital history.
Your Wedding Date
A request for a reservation on the church calendar should be made to our Wedding Coordinator at the earliest possible time. The DATE and TIME of the WEDDING, REHEARSAL and RECEPTION (where applicable) should be confirmed by our Wedding Coordinator before announcing your date in a newspaper, printed invitation or making non-refundable deposits to other wedding vendors. A Wedding Application Form must be filled out completely, signed by the bride and groom and returned to the Wedding Coordinator, along with your $100 non-refundable deposit. This deposit will be applied to the Wedding Coordinator’s fee. Your wedding must go through an approval process (2-3 weeks) and the Pastor performing your ceremony will sign your form. At that time, your wedding and rehearsal dates will be confirmed on the church calendar and a copy of the signed application form will be mailed to you as confirmation.
Note: Please keep in mind that Saturday weddings can be scheduled NO LATER THAN 3:00 p.m.
Please also note that we do not schedule weddings on holiday weekends (Easter, Christmas, etc.). Also, the Worship Center is not available for weddings from the 2nd weekend in November through mid-December, due to Christmas Pageant set-up.
There is a strong likelihood that the platform of the Worship Center will have some type of set/decoration at the time of your wedding. Whatever is set up will remain there for your wedding. Your wedding set-up will be in front of this and we will do our best to camouflage this with wedding furnishings and plants.
Your Wedding Coordinator
Denise Plunkett has served as Wedding Coordinator for McGregor Baptist since 1994, serving prior to that as Reception Coordinator. With many years of experience, Denise can assist you with planning every aspect of your wedding.
Her job as your Wedding Coordinator is to take some of the stress and pressure from you by assisting in the planning of your wedding and making sure that your wedding day is completely organized. Since this is probably one of the most important days of your life, she desires to help make your wedding day a day for you and your family to truly enjoy. She will be there every step of the way to assure that your rehearsal and wedding go as smoothly as possible.
Whether your wedding is a very large, elaborate one with hundreds of guests or a simple one with 20 people in attendance, it will be a beautiful and organized ceremony.
Our Fellowship Hall in the Hope Building may be reserved for your reception, depending on the number of guests you expect. Any scheduled church function will, of course, take precedence over a wedding reception.
A request for these facilities must be made through our Wedding Coordinator at the time the wedding date is placed on the church calendar.
All wedding receptions require the use of McGregor’s Food Service. You will need to contact the Reception Coordinator for assistance in making arrangements.
While there is no charge for the use of the Fellowship Hall to our members, you are required to use the services of our Reception Coordinator. Our Reception Coordinator will be of great service to you with planning and coordinating your reception. Our Wedding Coordinator will give you further information on this.
Contact Denise Plunkett at (239) 731-5230 or e-mail her at moc/loa//lrigdew