Certain principles of conduct apply to all weddings held in the church building. These are listed below to enable you to inform the members of your families, your wedding party, and your guests.
--Please do not throw rice, confetti, bird seed, etc., inside or outside the church building.
--Smoking is not permitted in the church building. This includes dressing rooms and restrooms.
--Due to liability concerns, the use of alcohol is not permitted in the church building; this includes rehearsal dinners, receptions, and the wedding itself.
The dress of the wedding party itself should be modest. If a tuxedo is required for the officiating pastor, the rental cost is the responsibility of the couple.
Wedding ceremonies at Omaha Bible Church are considered services where the bride and groom publicly profess their faith in Christ and their willingess to sumit themselves together to His purpose in their lives. In light of our purpose to worship God in our wedding ceremonies, it is necessary that the wedding couple select all music for the ceremony with this goal in mind.
There are two rules that govern the selection of vocal music for wedding ceremonies at Omaha Bible Church.
--All vocal music must be doctrinally consistent with the common practice of music ministry at OBC. In more specifci terms, it must be biblically sound in its textual content.
--The officiating pastor for your wedding ceremony must be comfrotable with your msucial selections. All vocal music must be presented to him for his approval no later than thirty days prior to your wedding ceremony.
Instrumental music in a wedding ceremony is functional in nature--serving either as background music for the prelude and postlude or as "walking music" for the processional and recessional. Your selection of music for these elements should serve and facilitate the function--not bring any undo attention to itself, but rather enable the moment. Your accompanist or isntrumental ensemble may be able to assist you in selecting some music that will serve the needs of these moments.
In the absence of a sung text, instrumental music derives its meaning from its style and when applicable, the text that is most often associated with it. Once again, pastoral approval is required thirty days in advance of the wedding ceremony.
In addition to our emphasis on the music itself being an expression of worship to God, it is also essntial that the musicians involved in your wedding ceremony exhibit a testimony of true Christian worship in their lives. A person's testimony should be your first consideration when considering him/her for a position of musical ministry in your wedding. More specific guidelines are as follows:
--All musicians participating in a wedding ceremony at Omaha Bible Church must have a personal testimony of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives.
--Musicians for your wedding may be family members, friends of the couple, or members of the Omaha BIble Church body. All musicians must be approved by the officiating minister prior to their being asked to participate in the wedding ceremony.
--It is your responsibility to see that all musicians have the necessary selections well in advance (approximately 60 days) to ensure the quality and comfort of their performance.
Music played at the reception or in picture videos must follow the policy for the ceremony as seen above.
Neither tacks nor tape may be used in the auditorium or reception room.
Photographs must be completed 45 minutes before the wedding ceremony begins. This is crucial. We ask that pictures be taken before the ceremony or mak arrangements offsite, after the recessional and receiving lines are finished. Photographs may not be taken during the ceremony, with the excpetion of the processional and recessional. Please inform your photographer(s) of this for scheduling purposes.
Any videography must be arranged by the couple.
Church staff members perform all weddings at OBC. It is not the regular practice to involve family or friends in an officiating capacity.
The couple may choose to give an honorarium to the officiating pastor.