Congratulations to both of you on having made one of the most significant decisions of your lives! While we believe making Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior is the most important life-changing decision you can make, choosing the one with whom you will spend the rest of your life in the sacred covenant of marriage is incredibly significant. Now that you have chosen to commit yourselves to one another, we encourage you to make and keep Christ the center of your engagement, your marriage and your home.

At NewSpring Church, we are committed to working with you to see that your wedding places God at its center and is worshipful, memorable and personal. May God continue to bless you as you look to Him for guidance regarding this important event.

Regular attendance at NewSpring Church is required to schedule a wedding on the property. We invite you to carefully read the information contained in this booklet and we will work with you accordingly to help make this special occasion meaningful and memorable.

You can choose between two different types of weddings at NewSpring Church—an auditorium wedding or an office wedding.

Auditorium weddings:

  • Take place in NewSpring’s North Auditorium.
  • Can include music and tech.
  • Are not limited to the amount of attendees.

Office Weddings:

  • Take place in a NewSpring Church office (or room of like size) during normal church office hours.
  • Are limited to a maximum of twenty attendees plus the bride and groom.
  • Include the exchanging of vows and rings only.  No music or tech will be allowed.

Step One

Please read all of the information on this page. If you are in agreement with the policies and procedures, please click on the link at the bottom of this page that says “Ask a Question About a Wedding or Apply for a Date.”

Step Two

Finalize dates of wedding and rehearsal. Pay all applicable building usage fees.

Step Three

Signup to attend our seven week premarital class, or nine weeks for re-marriages. The premarital class is held on Thursday nights.  Attendance is mandatory. Please contact Wendy Hoover with questions or to register for the next upcoming class.  She can be reached via email at wendy.hoover@newspring.org, or by phone at (316) 630-8500 x347.

Step Four

It is the bride’s/groom’s responsibility to provide the marriage license. Please contact your county’s courthouse for more information on how to apply. Wedding ceremonies will not begin without a license. Once you have received your license, please email a copy to the wedding coordinator.

Important Things to Know

NewSpring Couples Ministry is dedicated to guiding healthy and struggling marriages through the application of biblical principles. Because of this, we support God’s design for marriage as set forth in the Bible. This blueprint involves a man and a woman first being committed to loving and serving God, and then committing to loving and serving each other for a lifetime.

The Building

All weddings at NewSpring Church will be held in the North Auditorium or an office. The teaching series at NewSpring Church make use of extensive stage set designs, which will not be changed or removed. A ten-foot-tall curtain is available to cover some of the stage sets. Please note that the curtain will not cover all elements of the stage, including intelligent lights, drum cage, speaking monitor, and any aerial props. This should be clearly understood by all members of the wedding party. The curtain will allow for wedding photography without set design in view.

The Date

Weddings need to be on the church calendar six months in advance to allow sufficient time to schedule facilities, arrange personnel and complete the premarital class. Weddings will not be scheduled on holidays or holiday weekends.

The Time

Friday weddings must begin no later than 7 p.m. and can begin earlier in the evening.

Saturday and Sunday weddings are no longer offered.

The Pastor

At this time, weddings at NewSpring Church are performed by Pastor Jonathan Hoover.

The Rehearsal

The rehearsal will need to be scheduled on the church calendar along with the ceremony, following the steps outlined previously. It is expected that the rehearsal will not exceed one hour total. This is our allotted building access time. It will be up to you to inform your wedding party of the schedule. Remember that we are a large church with many activities going on simultaneously and it is important to stay within the prescribed time limits.

  • Please bring your marriage license and give it to the Wedding Coordinator at the rehearsal.
  •  The officiating minister and NewSpring’s Wedding Coordinator will conduct the rehearsal.
  •  If it is necessary for members of the wedding party to bring children, please keep them with you at all times. They will not be allowed to roam around the building unsupervised.

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted anywhere on the church property. This includes the parking lot as well as inside and outside of all buildings. It is expected that members of the wedding party will refrain from consuming alcohol prior to the rehearsal and wedding. Smoking is not permitted in any of the buildings. We ask that your dress and conduct be appropriate for a church building.

The Ceremony

The ceremony will be directed by the officiating pastor and the Wedding Coordinator.

Facility access on the day of the wedding will be given by request before the ceremony and will be 1.5 hours for the ceremony and photographs. A bride’s dressing room, as well as a groom’s dressing room will be provided, however, NewSpring Church assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen items.

If it is necessary for members of the wedding party to bring children, please keep them with you at all times. They will not be allowed to roam around the building unsupervised.

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted anywhere on the church property. This includes the parking lot as well as inside and outside of all buildings. It is expected that members of the wedding party will refrain from consuming alcohol prior to the rehearsal and wedding. Smoking is not permitted in any of the buildings. We ask that your dress and conduct be appropriate for a church building.

It is your responsibility to inform all of your wedding party of these restrictions.

The Reception

Our general policy is not to have receptions on church property.

After the Wedding

Please assign individuals in advance to assume the following responsibilities:

  • Clear the bride and groom’s rooms of all personal items.
  • Take all food and gifts away from the church.
  • Remove all decorations. The church cannot store any wedding decorations nor is responsible for any items left behind by any wedding vendors or the wedding party.
  • Clean up all litter associated with decorating the couple’s car.

Note: All clean-up must be completed within the time limit allowed for the wedding. Our maintenance staff would appreciate these tasks being completed as soon as possible to allow them to clean up and set up for the next event.

Decorations and Furnishing

You may schedule a time to decorate for your Friday night wedding.

Candles

  • Only the church’s mechanical candles may be used in all candelabras.
  • Candles may not be carried in or held during the wedding ceremony.

Church Furnishings and Decorations

  • No decoration of any kind is to be applied to walls, ceilings or glass.
  • Florist wire, ribbon or pipe cleaners may be used when necessary but nails, staples, and adhesives of any kind are not permitted.

Technical Issues

(Auditorium Weddings Only) 

Sound/Lighting Equipment

  • Sound and lighting equipment may be operated only by church staff personnel.
  • There will be a sound check for all instrumentalists and vocalists before or during the wedding rehearsal.

Videos & CD’s

  • Any CD or video to be played during the ceremony must be approved in advance by the Technical Director.
  • Slideshows need to be given to the wedding coordinator at least two weeks before the wedding as a file on a data DVD. Contact your wedding coordinator for questions about the format.

Music

  • A CD of the music to be played during the ceremony must be provided to the Wedding Coordinator two weeks in advance for approval.

Reminders

The local church is called “the bride of Christ” and we ask that you treat its building with reverence and respect. Members of the wedding party and guests must abide by the following guidelines, which will be strictly enforced by security. Any breech of these rules will result in the immediate removal of the wedding party and guests from the church campus.

  • Use of inappropriate language is prohibited.
  • Proper dress is required at the rehearsal and wedding.
  • The use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, drugs, or items resembling such is strictly prohibited on the premises.
  • Only bubbles and /or balloons may be used as a send-off for the bride and groom. No rice, birdseed, etc is allowed.

Schedule of Fees

$450   Base fee for auditorium weddings.

This fee is a building usage fee only. Please consider providing the officiant, tech support, etc. an honorarium.

$100   Base fee for office weddings. This fee is a building usage fee only. Please consider providing the officiant an honorarium.

Payment can be made at the NewSpring store on Saturdays and Sundays during normally scheduled service times using a debit or credit card (Visa or Mastercard). You may also call the church office during regular business hours (Tuesday through Friday 8:30-4:30) to make a payment over the phone.

Please review all of the above carefully. The base fee must be paid within five business days of placing your wedding on the church calendar. If the fee is not received within five business days of being placed on the church calendar, it will be removed and another request will need to be submitted for approval. 

Have a question or want to talk to us about having your wedding at NewSpring Church in Wichita,Kansas?