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Like snowflakes, no two love stories are alike; therefore, your wedding should represent the unique love that you and your partner share.  Rev. Abbey Tennis will arrange time to with you to craft a ceremony that specifically represents your love story, your beliefs, and your values.  She will help you choose text, readings, and music that authentically symbolize your union.

Our Church Building
Our building, a signature piece by regionally celebrated architect Frank Furness, is a designated historic landmark. The Sanctuary seats over 500, yet, owing to its unusual design, is an intimate setting for much smaller gatherings. It is graced with rich colors, as well as a Casavant Freres organ and Steinway grand piano. For more on the history of our building:

The Sanctuary, seats 500, decorated with memorial plaques and stained glass, including the first Tiffany window installed in the city and works by La Farge and Henry Holiday

View from front of Sanctuary, with our grand piano

View from back of Sanctuary

The Chapel, a jewel of stained glass and carved wood, seats 50; there is a Baldwin upright piano in the chapel loft.

The Parish Room, a sunny Victorian parlor, accommodates small to mid-sized receptions. 

Griffin Hall, our social hall, with adjacent kitchen, seats 150.

Click  here  to see a plan of our first floor and lower level

Our Neighborhood
Located within the Rittenhouse-Fitler Square Historic District, our neighborhood embodies the distinctive architectural diversity of several centuries, and is home to many of the city's finest hotels, shops, and restaurants.

A Ceremony at First Church
To rent space in our building, e-mail Church Administrator Norman Fouhy.

Wedding Rates
The following rental rates represent prices for a two-hour wedding ceremony, or a six-hour a reception:

Sanctuary- $700.00

Chapel- $400.00

Parish Room- $500.00

Griffin Hall/Kitchen- $750.00

A deposit of $200.00 is required.

For information on weddings at First Unitarian Church

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