Weddings at First Parish are Unitarian Universalist services, led by one of our ministers, occasionally assisted by a minister or other cleric who is a friend or family member of the couple. Weddings are held in the Sanctuary, a classic New England meeting house that seats up to 500 guests, or in the Chapel, a smaller and more contemporary meeting space that seats up to 60 guests. The Sanctuary has a Steinway piano and a classic pipe organ, and the Chapel has a small pipe organ.
Couples are invited and expected to meet at least twice with the minister who will lead their service, to become acquainted and to discuss their upcoming marriage, including the details of the wedding service. The minister will provide a booklet of information and resources on weddings at First Parish, including a selection of popular readings, and some alternate versions of wedding vows. Couples may also consider writing their own vows, in consultation with the minister.
First Parish employs a wedding coordinator, whose services are required for weddings with more than 25 guests. The wedding coordinator meets with the couple for a tour of the building and facilities, explains the choreography of the service, and works with florists, photographers and caterers in regard to First Parish policies. She is present for the rehearsal, and at the wedding she assists all participants with directions and timing as the service begins.
Couples who are interested in a wedding at First Parish can download a packet of basic information. After direct consultation with the parish adminstrator to determine an agreed-upon wedding date, an application fee, with the completed wedding application, confirms the wedding date in the First Parish calendar.
Couples who would like to visit the First Parish meeting house are invited to attend a Sunday morning worship service, at 10:00 a.m., or make an appointment to see the building at some other convenient time.
For more information or to schedule a wedding at First Parish, please email Contact@firstparish.org or call the office at 978-369-9602.