Planning your wedding at First Congregational Church begins with your meeting with our Wedding Coordinator, Maggie DeGroff, who will discuss various options with you. If you would like to learn more about the church, you are invited to attend our 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning worship service.
Usually one of our ministers, Rev. Jane Quandt or Rev. Hannah Cranbury, officiates at wedding services held in our sanctuary. As your wedding day approaches she will meet with you to discuss the elements of the wedding ceremony. We do our best to accommodate couples in shaping a ceremony that reflects their beliefs and wishes. If, however, you have your own pastor and would prefer for him or her to conduct the ceremony, we welcome that as well.
Our Organist and Music Director, Linda Corbitt, will also want to speak with you directly about what you want for music during your wedding ceremony. We have a magnificent organ and a grand piano. Music samples may be heard on our website, fccriverside.org The wishes of the couple are honored as much as possible.
You may use the services of both a photographer and a videographer to record your ceremony.
A rehearsal will be scheduled with the wedding party prior to your ceremony.
Marriage licenses are issued through the office of the Riverside County Clerk and Recorder. Call (951) 486-7000 for more information.
The basic ceremony fee is $1,700.00, which includes the following:
- Our minister
- Our organist
- Our wedding coordinator
- Our custodian
- Carillon bell pealing after the ceremony
- Two chancel candles, a unity candle holder, and two candelabras, either white or black. We provide all candles.
- Wedding rehearsal for 1 hour
- A time limit of 3 1/2 hours for the use of the main floor prior to, during and after the ceremony.
The fees remain the same regardless of services used. A deposit secures your date and time and is applied to your total wedding cost. A $100 damage deposit is also required at the time of booking and is refunded after the wedding ceremony barring any damage. Balance of fees is due and non-refundable 60 days prior to your ceremony. A premium is assessed for holiday weekends.
For an additional fee, the following options are available:
- Aisle Candles: $100.00
- Flag Removal from Sanctuary: $100
Reception Hall Package
Use of the downstairs Fellowship Hall is available for receptions. Max. Capacity is 200 persons. The fee for 5 hours is $1,500.00 plus a refundable damage deposit of $300.00. There is a $100 fee for us to remove the existing tables/chairs or to replace them after the reception.
If alcohol is to be served (beer & wine only), the reception fee is $1,500 plus a $500 refundable damage deposit. A certificate of insurance including liquor liability coverage is required.
Some couples are looking for a church in which they can hold a very brief wedding ceremony where people simply gather informally at the front of the church to exchange vows and receive God’s blessing. Recognizing that these couples may want to have this kind of ceremony in a beautiful and historic building, we offer the La Petite Wedding. The rate for this service, which includes our minister’s fee, is $500. In order to qualify for this special, the service must meet the following qualifications:
- Fewer than 25 guests.
- No music, procession, decorating, tolling of our bells nor a wedding coordinator.
- Access to our sanctuary is limited to one hour.
- No wedding rehearsal.
Please call the Church Office if you are interested in a “La Petite Wedding”.
Wedding Receptions and Sanctuary Room Setup
For additional information and/or to set an appointment, please call the hotline number above or email here:
Congrats Fernando & Rosemary!