We, as a leadership team, are pleased to hear about your upcoming marriage. It is our desire to help you prepare for your life of marriage as well as your wedding day. Presently in our culture many young couples spend a lot of time and money focused on the wedding day and yet do not budget time and money for the importance of long term marriage preparation.
If you desire one of our Bridge pastors to perform your marriage ceremony we have provided for you the steps you need to take to make that possible. It is our desire to support you so we need to ensure that you as a couple are preparing yourselves in a biblical way for this life long commitment of love.
We require that you take a pre marriage counselling course. The Course needs to include; relational personality understanding, family dynamics, finances and sexuality. This course is offered by several professional couples at the Bridge. You need to budget $500.00 for the expense of this counsel.
If you plan on having someone from outside the Bridge ministry performing the pre marriage preparation course we will need a letter from them stating that you have completed the preparation or are in the process of completing a pre-marriage course before a Bridge pastor will agree to performing your marriage vows.
You need to obtain a marriage license and have it completely filled out. The form needs to be submitted to the Bridge pastor you are asking to perform your ceremony.
Upon agreement to perform your wedding ceremony, the pastor will meet with you for a planning meeting outlining the ceremony. He or she will discuss with you various options and plans that you as a couple will have. The pastor will also practice the ceremony with you at the rehearsal. Due to experience it is important that who ever is helping you plan the wedding understand that the pastor is often best suited to lead the rehearsal time as he or she is aware of the ceremonies flow and all that needs to be covered. You will have already walked through the ceremony with them at your initial meeting.
The pastoral honorarium for the services provided is $300.00. This covers the pastors time and planning for the three days that you are using his or her service. (Initial Meeting, Rehearsal & Ceremony) This should be paid directly to the pastor at the rehearsal.
On the wedding day the pastor will have filled out all their pertinent information on the marriage license and will submit the form on the next business day by mail to the vital statistic office.
If you choose to invite the pastor and their spouse to the reception and would like them to pray or do another kind of service please discuss your ideas and requests at the planning meeting. Due to the volume of weddings our pastors perform they are sometimes unable to attend the reception because of their scheduling.
We pray the Lords’ blessing as you prepare and plan to take this important step. We want to prayerfully support and make your wedding day special and more importantly we want your marriage to go the distance being fruitful and God honouring all the days of your lives.
The Bridge Leadership Team