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, we allow up to two hours for set up and one hour for clean up, plus the length of your reception.

Is there parking?

We have no designated parking spots, though there is a loading white zone directly in front of the church on Lyon Street that can accommodate two vehicles. All other parking is on the street in a residential neighborhood with posted time limits and restrictions. We recommend allowing 10 to 20 minutes to find parking. There are paid parking garages on California Street at the Jewish Community Center.

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 150 with standing room only. The Parish House can hold 75 guests for a formal sit down dinner reception and up to 120 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.

Is there a dressing room?

Yes, we have a lovely dressing room in the Sanctuary with a private bathroom.

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

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 events manager at events@sfswedenborgian.org or 415-346-6468.