At First Church, we believe marriage is a blessing from God and a covenant that two people choose to make before God, their family, and friends reflecting that Divine blessing and love.
First Church is an Open and Affirming church, welcoming and affirming each person regardless of their age, disability, economic standing, gender, nationality, race, or sexual orientation. Additionally, we officiate both member and non-member ceremonies.
The first step in arranging a wedding at First Church is to make an appointment with a Pastor to meet, talk about the ceremony, and tour the worship spaces. Weddings are then scheduled at the discretion of the Senior Pastor. To begin this conversation, please contact the church office.
A Wedding in Our Meetinghouse or Chapel
Our elegant Georgian Revival-style Sanctuary, with its cream and white interior, deep red furnishings, and tall-columned, 100-foot expanse is the perfect setting for large weddings. The Chapel provides a warm, inviting, and open flexible-seating space for smaller, more intimate ceremonies.
Initial Meeting and Tour: The first step is to make an appointment with a Pastor to meet, talk about the ceremony, and tour the worship spaces. Weddings are then scheduled at the discretion of the Senior Pastor. Please complete the Wedding Information Form and bring it to your initial meeting & tour.
Premarital Mentoring: Couples are required to attend three to four meetings with a Pastor, in addition to the initial introductory meeting. These sessions provide an opportunity for marriage preparation, as well as planning the wedding ceremony.
Music: Our Director of Worship Arts will work with you to plan the music for your wedding. Any special musical arrangements should also be discussed with the Pastor.
Rehearsal: A rehearsal is arranged in consultation with the Pastor, usually for 5 or 6 p.m. on the evening prior to the wedding ceremony. The Pastor leads the rehearsal and all ceremony participants need to be present.
Choosing this sacred setting for your important day reflects your intention to have Christian faith and values be a part of both your wedding planning and ceremony, as well as your marriage. Love, joy, dignity, and the presence of God are integral to this and will be a part of any service here at First Church. Our commitment as you anticipate your wedding is to offer a worshipful setting and the guidance of our Pastors and Director of Music in planning a memorable and personally tailored ceremony.