Attend seven weeks of Alpha Marriage Course (preferred). In these seven sessions, you are seated at your own table for two. Each session consists of food and drink, a practical talk, and a time for private discussion. Couples often find friendship with other couples attending the course. The couple will also meet at least twice with the pastor officiating the ceremony.
DVD Track: Watch six premarital DVD's and meet with the pastoral staff or assigned mentor-couple six times, following these steps:
-Watch the Marriage 101 series as a couple together, filling in the blanks in the workbook. Participant can utilize Bloomingdale Church's code to get the discounted online videos and PDF study guide. The code is "5QL5S" at marriage101online.com
-Call to make an appointment with the pastor (630) 894-0090 for each session after the couple has completed the video lesson.
-Meet with the officiating pastor at least twice before the wedding for premarital counseling, in addition to the initial introduction session.
Do I have to be a member of Bloomingdale Church to get married there?
No. Church membership is not required.
When do I have to finish the requirements?
All of the premarital requirements must be completed at least two weeks before the wedding.
What if I'm divorced?
The church performs weddings for divorced persons when there is Scriptural basis to permit it.
What if I don't finish the requirements?
The pastors of the church will not perform the wedding if the couple does meet all of the qualifications listed above.
The elements of the wedding ceremony include the traditional wedding vows and a short personalized promise. The ceremony generally takes about 30 minutes. Other elements that the couple want to include will be considered. Below is the basic order of service: