We are glad you are considering being married through our church. Here we would like to explain the Unitarian Universalist approach to weddings and our church’s policies on fees and building use. Please read this thoroughly before making your decision. Whether you choose to be married through our church or not, we hope your wedding will be very special for you!
The Unitarian Universalist Approach
We are a non-creedal church. That is, we have no formal doctrines or creeds, other than a belief in love, a commitment to the search for truth, and a desire to serve the world. Our membership includes atheists as well as theists, Jews as well as Christians—and a good many people who are neither. In a church of people with such diverse beliefs, we have no one, unalterable form for weddings. Our minister, the Rev. Robert Klein will meet with the couple to help them create a ceremony that will be meaningful to them and express their beliefs and feelings.
If you wish to have someone else officiate at your wedding, our minister will be happy to meet with that person and invite them to participate as deemed appropriate. Any ceremony taking place in our building is assumed to represent Unitarian Universalism, and it is our minister’s responsibility to uphold the principles we affirm.
If at least one member of the couple is a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Stockton, a donation is requested. If neither party is a member, the following fees apply:
(1) Minister’s Fee:
Our minister’s fee, is a sliding-scale fee depending on the ceremony please contact Rev. Klein at 209-466-7743 for more information.
(2) Church Rental Fee:
The fee for a wedding with reception in the church’s fellowship hall is $600. For a wedding without a reception at the church, the fee is $400. These fees include time for a rehearsal use of a dressing room and tables and chairs for the reception. We also have a kitchen for light catering. Please contact the office administrator at 209-466-7743 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
(3) Musician’s Fee:
Our pianist, customarily plays for weddings at our church. The fee is $150 to perform at the service only and $200 to participate in the rehearsal and service. These prices are based on a two-hour service, with additional hours billed at $50 per hour. To discuss fees and scheduling, or to discuss the possibility of inviting another musician to play for your wedding, please contact the office administrator.
If, after reading this material, you wish to be married through the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Stockton, please contact our church office at (209) 466-7743 or email@example.com. Regardless of whether or not you decide to be married through our church—we wish you much joy in your life ahead!