General Information

Pastors
A minister of First Church will officiate at all weddings at the church and has responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the wedding, including the Order of Service. When it is the wish of the wedding couple to have another minister (e.g., relative of family, or family minister) assist in the service, this should be made known to our minister, who will issue a letter of invitation to the guest minister. First Church ministers will require no fewer than three sessions to meet with you as a couple, discuss your wedding vows and personalize your ceremony.

Wedding Coordinator
Part of our wedding policy is to provide each couple with a wedding coordinator. Her job is to make sure everything goes smoothly at the church during your rehearsal and on your wedding day. If your wedding party consists of 14 or more, you will need a second wedding coordinator on the day of the wedding.

Building Use
The church will be available to you for a one-hour rehearsal, and for three hours for the wedding itself. With seating for up to 500 guests, adequate off-street parking, and a convenient downtown location, it is the perfect setting for even very large weddings. There are a number of hotels and restaurants nearby for your reception, or you may reserve our Parish Hall, which can accommodate up to 300 people.

Wedding Costs
The fees charged for weddings cover the services of the minister, organist, one wedding coordinator, custodial services, rehearsal, sanctuary, wedding room and other facilities. For a complete schedule of fees, contact Amy Wagner at 614-228-1741, ext. 10, awagner@first-church.org. For a schedule of fees for renting our Parish Hall, see the "Facility Rental'' page on this Web site. Wedding dates are considered tentative until you have reviewed the wedding policies, signed a contract and made your non-refundable deposit. A booklet outlining our wedding policies can be downloaded by clicking here.

Same Gender Wedding Ceremonies  
We are an Open and Affirming congregation, which welcomes and affirms all people.  Weddings at First Church are planned based on the readiness of the couple, not on sexual orientation or other determinants. All are welcome here.
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