First Christian Church invites you to celebrate your wedding ceremony with us. Your wedding is more than a date on the calendar. It is more than a social event. It is even more than a simple church service. Your wedding represents a declaration before God and your community of your commitment to one another through faith and worship. It is an honor for us to be able to serve in such a capacity, and we look forward to a beautiful service for you, your families, and your loved ones.

Our Church offers:
■A beautiful sanctuary that seats approximately 225
■Ford Brothers German Baroque art glass windows
■Handicap access to sanctuary and rest rooms
■A beautiful, spacious parlor for the bride to prepare for her day
■One pair brass spiral candelabra (you furnish dripless candles)
■Two brass candle-lighters
■Glass or brass unity candle holders (you furnish dripless candles)
■Choice of oak pedestals or tables for flowers
■Amplification system for soloists
■We also have reception facilities (please ask for details)

Officiant for Your Wedding  We require that our pastor officiate at all weddings held at First Christian. However, at the invitation of our pastor, a clergy-person of your choosing may assist in the ceremony. (Please note there will be an additional charge for this accommodation.)  Be sure to call and arrange an appointment with our pastor who will be performing your ceremony. First Christian Church requires pre-marriage conferences with the pastor for those planning a wedding at First Christian Church.

Church Membership You do not have to be a member of First Christian Church to have your wedding in our sanctuary. If you are interested in becoming a member or would like more information about the church, please let us know.

Scheduling Your Wedding To inquire about booking a wedding, please contact our wedding coordinator or church office.

Wedding Coordinator  The church’s wedding coordinator will be present during your rehearsal and on the day of your wedding to ensure things go smoothly. Should you choose to hire outside wedding coordinators, we will be happy to have their assistance, but please be aware that our pastor and coordinator will be in charge of directing the ceremony.

Music   The wedding fee includes the services of the church organist and/or pianist. You are welcome to bring in your own musicians (other than an organist), but all outside music must be pre-approved by the church.  

Photos  The church will be opened for a total of four (4) hours on your wedding day. This is for the arrival of the wedding party, floral delivery, set up, and photographs. You will need to decide if you are taking pictures before or after your wedding ceremony and factor that into your time line. You will have a time period of one (1) hour for the ceremony, signing of the marriage license/certificate, photos on the church steps, and clean up.

Rehearsal You will have a rehearsal one day prior to your wedding. During the rehearsal the minister and hostess will walk the wedding party through the ceremony.  Rehearsals usually last between 45 minutes and an hour.  Musicians are generally not at the rehearsals.  Please ask all participants to arrive a few minutes early, so that we may begin on time.  

Parking There is street parking and city parking in the lot off of Bailey Avenue, which is located between the church and the river.

Wedding Assistants  We strongly suggest that you arrange for the following assistants:
■One guest book attendant (also responsible for getting the book to the reception)
■One or two persons to take gifts
■Someone to pin on corsages and boutonnieres.
■Someone to transport the flowers to the reception.
■Someone to transport gifts from the church after the wedding.
■Someone to be responsible for the rings

Wedding License and Fee Balance Be sure to obtain your wedding license at the county courthouse at least three days prior to the wedding date. No witnesses or medical exams are necessary, but you will be expected to pay in cash (no personal checks). The balance for your wedding is due no later than two weeks prior to your wedding date.

Flowers, Candles and Decorations Doors will be opened for flower delivery and decorating three hours prior to the wedding.

Photographs and Video Recordings
■We recommend that your photos be taken before the wedding. 
■Flash photos are not permitted once the ceremony has begun.
■Video cameras are welcome, so long as the technician does not require additional lighting, and does not create a distraction to the ceremony.

Music A church wedding is also a service of worship, and we feel that both instrumental and vocal music (live or recorded) should be of the highest quality and appropriate for a church sanctuary. You are welcome to bring in your own musicians (other than an organist), but music must be pre-approved by the church. 

Other Important Details
■No alchohol, smoking or illegal drugs are permitted in any part of the building or premises.
■The moving and/or rearranging of furniture in the sanctuary is not permitted. Oak flower pedestals are an exception.
■Because of safety concerns on our front steps, neither bird seed nor rice may be thrown. Also, no animals (doves, butterflies, etc.) may be used. Bubbles, rose petals and crushed lavender are permitted.

Fees Please refer to the wedding policy, available below.

Questions?   If you would like to have questions regarding using our facility for your wedding please contact us via email.  For information regarding our Wedding Policy, please download the following forms: Policy & Info Sheet


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541 276 5358
215 N. Main Pendleton, OR 97801
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