Hosting a wedding at your church is a joyous occasion—and it’s also a lot of work. Amid the excitement, keep in mind the safety and well-being of the newlyweds, their guests, and the church building. Taking some simple precautions can help make the day of the wedding both happy and safe for all.
Just because the bride and groom are renting your church for their wedding day doesn’t mean they’re entitled to the keys. Always have a church representative present while guests are using the building. The person’s responsibilities may include:
Having a church representative in the building also reduces the likelihood of theft. The representative can secure areas of the building containing expensive equipment or valuables and make sure that party guests are staying out of rooms the church has designated as off-limits.
It’s important to use a building use agreement for any event, but when your church building is being used for a wedding, it can be even more important. Here are three reasons why you’ll want a formal agreement:
Any agreement you create should be reviewed and approved by a local attorney before using it, since laws vary by state.
Although your church can allow liquor to be served at a wedding reception, it is not advisable to do so. If the bartender accidently serves someone who is already intoxicated, the church could be sued—especially if the intoxicated person is involved in a car accident. There could also be problems if a minor is served. If you allow alcohol to be furnished at receptions, check with a local attorney to determine your responsibilities.
A big part of keeping your church safe for a wedding is getting rid of tripping hazards. When you fill your church with a group of people unfamiliar with the building’s layout, wearing long dresses and high-heeled shoes, it’s no wonder that there are many trips and slips at weddings. Some ways to make your church safer are to:
If you have any questions about the safety of your building, please contact your insurance agent for suggestions.
No traditional wedding is complete without candles, but entire churches have burned down because wedding parties have forgotten to extinguish them.
Follow these rules to keep your church safe from fires:
If strands of twinkling white lights will be used to give the sanctuary or reception area a festive glow, it is important that they also meet safety regulations. You may want your church’s representative to inspect the area beforehand to make sure outlets aren’t overloaded and that extension cords don’t become a tripping hazard.
Providing a safe place for the newlyweds and their guests to gather can help ensure a joyous wedding day for all. Plus, you’re likely to get your church back without needing any expensive clean-up or repairs.
When the church bells peal and the newlyweds pull away from the church, there should be smiles on everyone’s faces. By keeping wedding risks in mind beforehand, you can help everyone to go home happy.
Want more church safety tips? Our Church Security page offers more risk management ideas.
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