Frequently Asked Questions
Can we bring our own officiant/musicians?
Yes, you are welcome to bring your own officiant and musician. You just need to let the event manager know and provide their contact information.
How much time do I get?
If you are just having a wedding here, you get total of two and a half hours on the property. This gives you access to the church, the garden and the bride’s room.
If you are also having a reception, you have use of the venue for a total of 8 hours, which includes set-up, wedding ceremony, reception, and clean-up.
How many guests does the Sanctuary/Parish House hold?
The Sanctuary has 77 chairs plus benches on the sides. We can seat up to 120 in the Sanctuary and the maximum capacity is 130 with standing room included. The Parish House can hold 84 guests for a formal sit down dinner reception and up to 100 for a casual, buffet-style reception.
Where can I get more information about the church and its theology?
You can visit www.sfswedenborgian.org for more information or attend one of our Sunday services at 11 AM. You can also call us at 415-346-6466 and we will get you in contact with the Senior Minister.
Is there a reception area?
Yes, our Parish House, which is conveniently located next to the Church, serves as the reception area. The garden is used for cocktail hour.
Is there a dressing room?
Yes, we have a lovely room in the Sanctuary with a private bathroom. There is also a smaller room behind the sanctuary that can be used as a 2nd room to get ready in.
Can people from other religions have a wedding there?
Absolutely! Though the church has an active and vibrant congregation rooted in the Swedenborgian tradition, the wedding program is non-denominational and open to people of all backgrounds.
What is included in the wedding fee?
The fee includes the use of the sanctuary and garden, the assistance of a wedding hostess, wedding rehearsal, all candles in the church, a fire in the fireplace, bridal dressing room and use of the garden for wedding photos.
The minister’s services are an additional $600 and to use one of our staff musicians is an additional $225. Please go here for more detailed fee information.
What is included in the wedding & reception fee?
Everything mentioned above that is included in the wedding fee, plus use of the Parish House, tables and chairs for 84, as well as additional furniture such as a buffet table, and a bar. There is also use of an additional garden in the back of the reception area and the hostess is on-site the entire time to help facilitate your wedding and reception.
Can we throw rice, flower petals or confetti during the ceremony?
Unfortunately, we do not allow rice, flower petals or confetti in the Sanctuary. However, a small amount of silk flower petals are allowed and they must be picked up after the ceremony.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the event manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-346-6468.