We are excited for you and are thankful that we at East Cooper Baptist Church can be a resource as you continue to prepare for your big day. If you are being married by an ECBC pastor and/or are using our facilities, you are asked to participate in pre-marriage counseling. We are convinced that pre-marriage counseling is a tremendous benefit to you as a couple and can greatly enhance your marriage even before you take your vows. There are several amazing couples here who have been leading pre-marriage classes and discussions for many years. One of the great blessings of the church is that we are all able to learn from Godly people who have walked before us.
If you have any questions during the process, please contact us - we are here to help.
Requirements for a Wedding at East Cooper Baptist
- Faith: The bride and groom must profess faith in Christ alone as their Lord and Savior.
- Church Membership: Either the bride or groom must be an ECBC member or be the child/grandchild of a member.
- Biblical Definition of Marriage: The wedding must meet the "Biblical Definition of Marriage," as outlined in our Wedding Guidelines.
- Purity: As instructed by Scripture, the Bride and Groom are asked to have a sexually pure relationship prior to marriage.
- Pre-marriage Counseling is required and is provided by ECBC at no cost.
- Agreement with the "Use of Facilities" outlined in our Wedding Guidelines.
If you agree with these guidelines and would like to take the next step, please complete the "Wedding and Pre-marriage Counseling Form." On this form, you will submit your information and preferred wedding date(s). Once completed, you will receive a confirmation email with information on setting up a meeting with a pastor to arrange your pre-marriage counseling and to discuss any questions you may have. After the meeting with a pastor, we will confirm the availability of your wedding date, and you can secure that date with a $200.00 refundable deposit.
Frequently Asked Questions
STANDARDS FOR WEDDINGS
The following are the basic standards enacted by the elders to govern the use of the church for weddings:
Because God has ordained marriage and defined it is as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself, East Cooper Baptist Church will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. Further, our pastors, ministers, and the staff of East Cooper Baptist Church shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman. Finally, the facilities and property of East Cooper Baptist Church shall only host weddings between one man and one woman.
The bride and groom must sign a statement of faith in accordance with Scripture.
We will not as a church marry a couple that is unequally yoked (i.e., believer and unbeliever).
We may not, as a church, marry a couple when one party or both have been divorced and reconciliation to the first spouse is still open. (Each case is unique and is reviewed for special circumstances and considerations).
We will not, as a church, marry a couple when a previous divorce situation gives the elders reasonable doubt that this marriage is of God.
We may not as a church marry a couple if they have maintained an impure or morally lax relationship or have, in the immediate past, a lifestyle which does not represent biblical purity.
We may not, as a church, marry a couple if this marriage is radically opposed by their family members and/or friends--unique circumstances are considered. (Each case is unique and is reviewed for special circumstances).
We will not, as a church, marry a couple if they do not satisfactorily complete the premarital course requirements.
COSTS & BREAKDOWNS
The Welcome Center may be reserved for the reception only if the wedding ceremony is held at East Cooper Baptist. The fee for use of the Welcome Center is $1000 for 2 hours maximum (does not include setup/breakdown time). The kitchen, gym, gym restrooms, or any East Cooper Baptist equipment (tables, chairs, or other items) are not included in the fee and are not available for use or rent. The same guidelines for the wedding venue apply to the Welcome Center. No alcohol, no live band, no full meals - finger foods only.
There are no weddings allowed on Sundays and Easter or Thanksgiving weekends. There are limited dates available for December and February weddings.
If you have additional questions, please contact Emily.