Marriages are more than a celebration of social customs. The guests gather not only to witness the ceremony, but also to provide support to the couple and to give thanks to God and receive God’s blessing upon their relationship.
First Congregational Church is eager to make your marriage a beautiful and memorable occasion. The following information will help you plan and enjoy this important event.
You will meet with our Wedding Facilitator as often as is necessary for her to help you plan and conduct your wedding. In addition, you will meet with the minister to explore both the human and the religious meanings of marriage and commitment. You are invited to attend our 10:00 am Sunday morning worship services as well.
Our senior minister officiates at wedding services held in our sanctuary. However, if you have your own pastor, he/she is welcome to conduct your ceremony.
You will be communicating directly with our organist regarding your wishes for and/or questions about music. CD’s /tapes are available to review a variety of music selections.
You may use the services of both a photographer and a videographer to record your ceremony.
Typically, one rehearsal is scheduled for the Friday prior to the ceremony, at a mutually convenient time. Rehearsal time allotment is 1 hour.
Marriage licenses are issued through the office of the Riverside County Clerk and Recorder. Call (951) 486-7000 for more information.
A non-refundable $250.00 deposit reserves your date and time. In addition, there is a refundable $100.00 security and late fee. The basic ceremony fee is $1,700.00, which includes the following:
- Our minister
- Our organist
- Our wedding facilitator
- 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.
- Use of our sanctuary for your 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. Balance of fees are payable in full 60 days prior to your ceremony. PLEASE NOTE: A premium may apply for holiday weekends.
For an additional fee, the following options are available:
- Aisle Candles: $100.00
- Additional time for decorating: $90.00/per hr
- Flag Removal from Sanctuary: $100
- Arch: $50
- Sound/Recording Technician $20/hour
Our sound/recording person at FCC is available to record your service and assist you with a microphone. A projector screen is available for use. We do not provide audio visual equipment, projectors, amplifiers, connection cables or computers. You will need to supply this equipment as well as make sure someone in your party knows how to operate it.
Reception Hall Package
Use of the downstairs Fellowship Hall is available for receptions. Max. Capacity is 200 persons. The fee for 5 hours is $1,300.00 plus a refundable security deposit of $300.00. Round Tables are available for rent if desired.
If alcohol is to be served (beer and wine only), the reception fee is $1,500 plus a $500 refundable security deposit. A certificate of insurance including liquor liability coverage is required. There is a $100 fee for us to remove the existing tables/chairs or to replace them after the reception.
Mini-Reception or Rehearsal Dinner Package
Use of the Heritage Room, Parlor, and/or Portico for a maximum of 50 people. 2 hour minimum, 3 hour maximum. $100/hour.
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 are now offering a “We Do I DO’s” Special. The rate for this service, which includes our minister’s fee, is $400 for a Saturday or Sunday and $300 for a weekday. In order to qualify for this “Special”, the service must meet the following qualifications:
- Fewer than 25 guests
- No music, no procession, no decorating, no tolling of our bells, and no wedding coordinator
- Access to our sanctuary for only one hour
- No rehearsal
Please call the Church Office if you are interested in a “We Do I Do’s Special”.