Service Locations & Times

Arlington

Monday
7:30 pm

Loudoun

Sunday
9 am
11 am

Prince William

Sunday
9 am
11 am

Tysons

Saturday
6:30 pm
Sunday
9 am
10:45 am
12:30 pm
5:30 pm

Mosaic

Sunday 6:30 pm Directions / Map

Wharf

Sunday 10:00 am Directions / Map

Live Broadcast

Saturday 6:30 pm Sunday 9:00 am 10:45 am 12:30 pm 5:30 pm

Arlington

Monday
7:30 pm

Loudoun

Saturday
6:30 pm
Sunday
9 am
10:45 am

Montgomery County

Sunday
9 am
11 am

Prince William

Sunday
9 am
10:45 am

Tysons

Saturday
6:30 pm
Sunday
9 am
10:45 am
12:30 pm
5:30 pm

Citywide

Sunday
5:30 pm

Internet Campus

Sunday
9 am
10:45 am
12:30 pm
5:30 pm

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On-Site Wedding Policies

OVERVIEW OF MBC WEDDING POLICIES
Before the church can be reserved for your ceremony, you must be approved to be married at McLean Bible Church (MBC). This involves completing the Preparing for Marriage Registration Form and having the Marriage Approval Council review it. Part of the approval process also involves completing the Preparing for Marriage class. This course must be completed before the wedding date. Please click here for more information.

Membership is not required to have a wedding at our church. Couples who attend another church or who do not have a church home may use MBC’s building for weddings and receptions provided they comply with our marriage policies and premarital counseling requirements.

Please plan at least 6 months ahead when requesting the church for your wedding. Please contact Andy Rogers, andy.rogers@mcleanbible.org for questions relating to weddings at MBC.

CHURCH WEDDING COORDINATOR
McLean Bible Church has a Church Wedding Coordinator who will contact you once your application has been approved.

The MBC Church Wedding Coordinator must be present at your ceremony regardless of any other wedding coordinators you have personally hired to assist you. The MBC Wedding Coordinator will act as a liaison and helper in working through the details of planning the actual execution of your wedding in the building. Specifically, the Church Wedding Coordinator will help in the following ways:

  • Interview the bride-to-be.
  • Schedule custodian, sound, organist and minister requirements.
  • Coordinate the use and placement of all wedding supplies.
  • Coordinate and direct the rehearsal (if on-site).
  • Coordinate the reception (if on-site).
  • Receive flowers.
  • Ensures return of all wedding supplies to storage and clean up by janitor.
  • Coordinates use of facilities with Bride-designated Wedding Coordinator (if applicable).
  • Responsible for seeing that facilities used are set up as requested by the Bride/Groom.
  • Responsible for seeing that facilities used are returned to original condition.

The Church Wedding Coordinator does not plan the wedding but under the authority of the officiating minister, the Church Wedding Coordinator will direct the wedding rehearsal as well as oversee the wedding ceremony.

TIME AND LOCATION CONSTRAINTS
For Saturday weddings in the Smith Center, the Smith Center must be vacated by 1:30 p.m. (i.e., the ceremony and photos must conclude by 1:30 p.m.). If a Community Room is used for the wedding and/or reception, the event must end by 3:00 p.m. The main auditorium is not available for weddings.

Please note that weddings may not be scheduled in the building on Sundays.

COSTS
Below is a breakdown of the cost related to having your wedding and/or reception at MBC.

Description

Wedding Only 
Smith Center, Community Room or Main Lobby

Wedding & Reception

Ceremony/Reception Fee

$100
(For non-members of MBC)

$100
(For non-members of MBC)

A/V Tech

$240.00 - Basic Package (4 hours)*

Basic Package +
$30.00 hour/tech

Custodial Fee for Wedding

$75.00

$75.00
(per room used)

Wedding Coordinator Fee

$250.00

$450.00

Customary Honorarium to Pastor $500.00 $500.00

*Note: The AV Tech Basic Package fee includes one tech person for the setup, rehearsal, strike/reset if needed, wedding, strike/reset, up to a total of 4 hours. We will provide basic audio and lighting coverage for the wedding party. It also covers an overhead for lamps and other disposables. The fee is based on what one person can reasonably contribute to the wedding party. We will also provide a PowerPoint slide or two on the screens that could be left up for the duration of the program and perhaps a few transitions if the tech person is able to do so. Anything beyond this is subject to additional fees.

ROOM SIZES & OPTIONS

Room #

Seating Capacity If Using Rows of Chairs

Seating Capacity If Using Round Tables

Location

Smith Center

1,100 (permanent setup)

N/A

1st floor

Community Room A

300

176

1st floor

Community Room B

250

144

1st floor

Community Room C

450

248

1st floor behind coffee bar

Room 1410

140

88

1st floor

ROOM PREPARATION & RESTORATION
Preparation and restoration of the rooms, such as cleanup and replacement of items, will be done by the custodian. The custodian is required to be in the building during both the rehearsal and wedding. This person will prepare the church for the wedding and rehearsal. Opening the building, arranging for heat/air conditioning and lighting will be done by the Facility Manager.

AISLE RUNNER
The church does not have an aisle runner. If you choose to have your ceremony in the Smith Center and decide to rent an aisle runner, the aisle is 67 feet long. For other rooms, please work with MBC’s Wedding Coordinator to determine aisle length.

MUSIC AND MUSICIANS
Please remember that your wedding ceremony is a worship service. The music should serve to glorify and praise God for joining the bride and groom in one heart and mind. Musicians are the responsibility of the wedding party.

MBC WEDDING AND PLAYERS
As we often receive requests for recommendations of singers and players for wedding ceremonies, you can contact Ben Lashey at ben.lashey@mcleanbible.org . Please note that your agreement with the singer/player is with that individual directly and not with MBC. We’ve listed some helpful hints below:

  • Selecting Music: Select music that will be timeless. For more traditional/liturgical wedding ceremonies, there may be less freedom in choosing the songs. Check with your church/pastor on what music your ceremony should include.
  • Sound System: Check to see what capabilities your ceremonies sound system will have. This will help decide if you can have CD or playlist accompaniments. You may want to be sure they have ample speakers, microphones and a person to run the sound.
  • Accompaniments: If you choose to have live musical accompaniments, you will want to connect the wedding singer with the accompanist/organist so they can coordinate times for rehearsals. This is often done best through email.
  • Wedding Rehearsal: Musicians often do not attend the wedding rehearsal. It works best to have the musicians arrive very early before the wedding ceremony in order to have some final rehearsal time and go through the order of the ceremony.
  • Attire: If you have a specific color or theme for your wedding, you may want to tell the musicians so they can coordinate as best as possible.

DANCING
Dancing is not permitted.

PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO TAPING
The photographer may take pictures during the processional and recessional portion of the service. Non-flash pictures may be taken during the ceremony as long as they remain inconspicuous and quiet. The wedding party may return for as many pictures as required after the wedding ceremony. Videotaping is permitted but must be done from a tripod on the side of the stage area, remaining stationary during the service.

FLOWERS AND DECORATIONS
Florists are required to check in with the church’s wedding coordinator prior to decorating the sanctuary or any other part of the church. Flowers must be in rust-free, leak-proof containers. No nails, tacks, or tape are to be used.

Decorations may be used as long as they do not cause damage to walls or structures. No nails, tacks, or tape are permitted. Candles must be dripless - Paradise or Cape Cod candles are recommended. (The Coordinator may have suggestions where to rent decorations, or to hire a decorator.) Decorations must be removed the day of the wedding, immediately after the ceremony. Decorations for the reception must be removed immediately after the reception.

Church premises should be left clean and in the same condition they were in prior to the wedding. The Church Wedding Church Coordinator will verify that the premises have been cleaned appropriately.

TABLES AND CHAIRS
MBC can provide tables and chairs for your event. Our round tables are 60 inches in diameter and will seat 8-10 people. MBC also has numerous rectangle tables.

CATERER AND FOOD PREPARATION
The MBC Café does not provide food for events, but an outside caterer may be hired. If you use a caterer, the caterer must meet with the Facility Manager prior to the event. Please note that food and beverages are not permitted outside the Community Rooms.

WEDDING SUPPLIES / ACCESSORIES
The church has an electric grand piano.  Wedding props available upon request (see Wedding Coordinator).

RICE / CONFETTI
Rice and confetti are not allowed. Birdseed is permitted outside of the building beyond the entry walkway. It is not to be thrown in any part of the building.

SMOKING /ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
It is expected that members of the wedding party will refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages immediately preceding the rehearsal and the wedding. Should you use MBC for your reception, no alcoholic beverages are to be used during the reception, nor are any alcoholic beverages allowed else on the premises. There shall be no smoking in any part of McLean Bible Church. It is the bride and groom’s responsibility to familiarize all members of the wedding party with these policies.

PERSONAL ITEMS / VALUABLES
McLean Bible Church is not responsible for any personal property, including automobiles, or property in automobiles on the church premises. Members of the wedding party should not leaver purses, clothing or any other valuables unattended.

CHANGES IN POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Please contact the Church Wedding Coordinator as soon as possible if you wish to make any special arrangements not addressed in this policy. The musicians, friends who attend MBC, and MBC custodians do not have the authority to change these policies.

Registration Information
Childcare Options 
Childcare is not provided