Getting Married at Broadway
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Broadway Baptist Church is a beautiful place to begin your married life. We believe at Broadway that a wedding is simply the first step in a long journey. With that belief we take our role in the marriage process very seriously.
Broadway Baptist is located at 4000 Brownsboro Road, approximately 1/4 mile east of Chenoweth Lane. The church is in close proximity to several reception venues including, but not limited to:
Feel free to contact Associate Pastor, Becky Caswell-Speight, if you have any questions, or would like a tour of our facilities.
FAQS About Getting Married at Broadway
How can I get married at Broadway?
The process of getting married at Broadway begins with group marriage preparation counseling provided by our pastoral counselor. We host counseling sessions in the spring and fall.
Who can be married at Broadway?
Because our sanctuary is dedicated to the glory of God in Jesus Christ, only Christian marriages may be performed here. We do not require that couples be members here. We do ask that everyone that is married at Broadway goes through one of our marriage preparation counseling sessions.
What are your marriage preparation sessions like?
Our marriage preparation counseling sessions meet four times. There is a “get to know you” dinner for couples. Following the dinner, there are three Sunday morning group sessions led by a licensed pastoral counselor.
The pastoral counselor gears the discussion topics toward the needs of each counseling group. Topics that have been covered in the past include faith in your marriage, children, relationships with in-laws, conflict, money and home responsibilities. Other topics will be covered as needed by the couples in a session. Every couple that is married in our facilities is expected to participate in all four sessions.
Who is allowed to perform the ceremony at Broadway?
Wedding ceremonies at Broadway must be performed by a Christian minister. Broadway has a number of ministers who are available to perform weddings. You can call the church office at (502)895-2459 to request the use of one of our ministers.
If a couple plans to use a visiting minister, the visiting minister must have a conversation with our pastor, Dr. Chris Caldwell, at least one month prior to the wedding.
What are the requirements for using the church's sanctuary and buildings?
A church wedding is a worship service. People assemble to worship God and to give witness to the marriage of two people.
Christian marriage finds its unique meaning in the fact that it is patterned after the covenant relationship which God has established with the church. God has promised to love the church in joy and in sorrow, in plenty and in want, in sickness and in health. In a Christian marriage, you will promise before God to do the same.
The sanctuary is a place of worship. There are specific guidelines outlined in the wedding packet to ensure that the wedding is a worship service. The guidelines described in the wedding ministry handbook are specific to decorations, photography, videography and music. Not following the guidelines can result in increased fees.
May I have my reception at Broadway?
Yes, though there are additional costs if you choose to have a reception in Friendship Hall at the church. These fees are outlined in our wedding packet.
The Associate Pastor can also help you coordinate your reception. She will show you what church equipment is available and discuss other details. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Becky.
When can my wedding take place?
In order to make your day special, Broadway only allows one wedding per weekend. This gives you the opportunity to have your rehearsal one day and your wedding the next without conflict. When you turn in your forms and deposit to secure the church for your wedding, you will need to designate what times you would like your rehearsal and wedding to occur.
What type of music is allowed?
Weddings are a service of worship. Due to the sacred nature and setting of the service, all music must be representative of the worship at Broadway Baptist Church. Worship music and classical music are in line with Broadway Baptist’s worship experiences. Broadway does not allow pre-recorded music.
The piano and pipe organ are available for your use and Broadway’s church musicians are available to serve at your wedding for a fee. If you would like to use the church pianist or organist please call the church for their information.
Guest musicians are welcome at Broadway. The use of the organ by a guest musician must be approved by the church organist.
We request that all music be related to God and Christ. Music heard on secular radio stations, such as top forty music, movie themes and similar styles of secular, popular music generally are not appropriate for worship at Broadway.
What space and equipment is available for your wedding?
The church sanctuary has 75 pews, seating 8-10 people per pew, (approximately 600 people total).
The chapel has 24 pews, seating 8-10 people per row, (approximately 200 people total).
The courtyard is available in the late spring, summer and early fall months.
The courtyard holds about 50 people total.
All three venues can be used for your ceremony.
Other available space, equipment and personnel include:
- Dressing areas for the wedding party
- Space for the photographer
- Extra staging
- Brass Unity Candle stand (candles to be supplied by bridal party)
- One set of communion trays, cups and plates. The wedding party is responsible for providing the juice and bread, crackers or wafers.
- The use of a sexton, wedding guild volunteer and sound technician.
Note: The bride and groom may take communion together. Due to the inclusive nature and purpose of celebrating communion, if the bride and groom wish to share communion with their wedding guests, Broadway requires that communion be open to all guests regardless of denomination or religious affiliation.
The sound system at Broadway includes floor microphones, a pulpit microphone and lavaliere microphones for the minister(s). Sound system needs should be conveyed one month ahead of the wedding ceremony. Every wedding in the sanctuary requires the use of a sound technician.
Broadway is not equipped for any form of video display during your ceremony.
Is there any other important information I need to know?
The following policies apply to the entire church grounds:
- Alcohol is not permitted on the church premises (including the use of champagne during the reception.)
- Smoking is not permitted on the church premises.
- Rice and confetti are not permitted in the building or yard.
- Bird seed is permitted outside.
- Due to insurance considerations, the nursery at Broadway is not available during rehearsals, weddings or receptions.
How do I request the use of the church?
It is advisable to request the use of the church for a wedding as soon as possible. You can request a viewing of the facilities by contacting Rev. Becky Caswell-Speight at (502) 895-2459.
Broadway works on a first come first serve policy. A date is not secured until your paper work and fees have been received in the church office.
Review the wedding packet and meet with the Associate Pastor as soon as possible to go over the policies and view the facilities.
Turn in your signed forms along with the amount due. This amounts is fully refundeable up to 30 days prior your wedding day.
What are the fees?
The entire bill will need to be paid for the wedding date to be reserved. The payment can be refunded up to 30 days prior the wedding ceremony.
Members: no charge for sanctuary or chapel
Non-Member: $500 for sanctuary
Non-Member: $300 for chapel
$120 Custodial Services (This covers six hours of custodial service. You will be billed for any amount of time needed for extra custodial care.)
$100 Sound Technician (technician present during rehearsal and the wedding ceremony)
It is recommended that an authorized person from your wedding party walk through the church property with the Sexton before leaving the church in order to assess any damages that may have occurred. If this action is not completed, and damage is found after your party leaves the premises, Broadway Baptist Church reserves the right to determine the extent of damage without your consultation and to take whatever course of action it finds proper in order to correct the damage.