Rev. Dave Schlager, Pastor

Weddings

We rejoice in your decision to marry and hope that First United Methodist Church will not only play a key role in your wedding plans but in the future of your faith home for worship. We will strive to honor both the wishes of the bride and groom and our understanding of our Christian heritage.

Marriage is one of the most important events in your life. We would like to make this day very memorable. While we view the sanctity of marriage from a Christian perspective, we do not require membership in the United Methodist Church. We welcome couples of all denominations. Situated in beautiful Sunnyvale, our beautiful modern Sanctuary and oak tree shaded patio will make for a lovely locale for your wedding. Our office manager will assist you in making a reservation. You will be asked to make a non-refundable deposit of $50.00 to hold the reservation. When your wedding date and time have been confirmed, we will consult with you on all other details concerning your ceremony.

Our sanctuary will accommodate 200 guests. Our social hall can serve up to 150 guests. The Johnson Shaner room can handle 75 guests. First UMC is handicapped accessible.

Rehearsal

A rehearsal led by our wedding coordinator will be scheduled when the date of the ceremony has been confirmed. It is usually held one or two nights before your wedding ceremony and takes approximately 1 hour.

Ceremony

Your wedding ceremony is a time of Christian worship when you are united in marriage before God. We want to help you in planning a meaningful wedding ceremony. Our pastors are responsible for all weddings performed at our church. Under some circumstances, guest pastors may be invited to assist with the ceremony if arrangements have been made in advance. Each couple will schedule to meet with the officiating pastor upon making a reservation. This meeting which usually lasts about an hour will provide you with an opportunity to become acquainted with the officiating pastor and to plan for your ceremony.

Music

Our organist/pianist is dedicated to helping you select music that will reflect the joy and commitment you share. Our organist will assist you in the selections of the pre-service, processional and recessional music.

Fees

The fee for a wedding ceremony includes the use of the church and grounds, FUMC's officiating pastor, organist, wedding coordinator, sound technician, and custodial services. There is a non-refundable deposit of $100.

 

  Member Price: Non Member Price:

Sanctuary (includes one rehearsal and ceremony):

$750

$1500

Use of Nick's Hall (cleaning):

$100

$450

Pastor (includes 3 mandatory counselling sessions):

$200

$300

Musician:

$150

$200

Wedding Coordinator:

$150

$200

 

Photography

Photographers and videographers are welcome to help you record of your wedding. We ask that in order to keep the focus on the Bride and Groom and the ceremony that photographers try to stay clear of the chancel area during the ceremony.

Reception

We have two rooms available for receptions. Nicks Hall is our large multipurpose room. The Johnson-Shaner Room provides a smaller more intimate setting. Fees for using the rooms will vary on the size of the reception and whether the kitchens will be used. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the premises.

Special Factors

As people can slip and fall on rice and birdseed and that all are extremely difficult to clean up we ask that no rice, birdseed, confetti or flower petals be thrown on the church premises.

Please, no flash pictures during the ceremony except by the professional photographer.

Smoking is not permitted on church property.

Please bring the following items to the rehearsal:

1. Wedding License

2. A check for the balance due made out to First United Methodist Church Sunnyvale

3. Unity Candles if they are to be used in the ceremony