Thank you for considering our church for your wedding!! Here are some things you may wish to know as you make your decision for this special day!
Must I be a member of First Congregational Church to have my wedding here?
No! Our minister is happy to perform the wedding of any couple looking for a Christian-based ceremony in a beautiful, New England church!
How many people can your sanctuary accommodate?
Our sanctuary can seat 150 people comfortably. We can fit a few more on our balcony if needed. Our Fellowship Hall is approximately 28' by 32' if you wish to consider our space for your reception.
Can I have another minister officiate the ceremony?
The short answer is yes. The minister of your choice must be approved by our Pastor and Church Council. Our Pastor also reserves the right to co-officiate any service that occurs within the church.
How about the church organist?
If you wish to have you ceremony accompanied by our pipe organ played by our talented Organist, this can certainly be arranged! If our Organist is unavailable, we will help find a substitute to accompany your special day.
If you have another organist in mind, let's talk! As part of the employee agreement, our Organist has first refusal to play all services at the church.
Can we bring in other musicians to offer music?
Of course! And they can even use our electric, Clavinova piano!
Does the First Congregational Church of Wiscasset affirm same-sex marriage?
Of course! As an Open & Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ, we believe their are many blessings in love shared, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression.
Is there space for a reception?
Yes! Our Fellowship Hall can accommodate small to mid-size reception gatherings. Check out this picture to see what is possible with your creative touch!
Are there spaces for the wedding party to dress/prepare for the ceremony?
Absolutely! Our Church Parlor, Fellowship Hall, and Church School area provide perfect spaces for pre-service preparations.
How much will it cost?
The cost will vary based on your particular needs. Here are our current fees for: Sanctuary Use ($300), Fellowship Hall & Kitchen ($150 per occasion), Minister's Honorarium ($300), Organist's Fee ($150), Sexton's Fee ($100 - $115). A non-refundable deposit of $100.00 is required when reserving the space. The Minister's Honorarium includes three premarital meetings, the rehearsal, and the ceremony. The Organist's Fee includes a music consultation and the ceremony music. The Sexton's Fee covers cleaning costs before and after.
Can these spaces be rented for other occassions?
The short answer is yes! Our space is available for private celebrations, for use by non-profit organizations, or other one time gatherings. The price varies based on need so give us a call.
Who can I contact to learn more?
You can reach out to our Office Administrator at 207-882-7544 or . She will gladly assist you!