Weddings

Weddings at UUCB …

Please contact the church office at office@buffalouu.org for current information on weddings.

Our ministers and chaplains are delighted to offer weddings in our beautiful English Country Gothic church. You may choose to have your wedding in our magnificent 400-seat sanctuary, or we can conduct your ceremony in a park, under a gazebo, or any place you wish. A wedding by our Unitarian Universalist ministers is:

*     Flexible in design of the ceremony.
*     Open to couples from different faith traditions.
*     Designed with you to create your own perfect day.
*     Open to same sex couples.

After you have scheduled your date and toured our facilities with our wedding coordinator, you will determine the final shape of your ceremony in discussions with our Minister, and our staff musicians.


Planning Your Wedding …

TOUR:
Prior to meeting with the minister, we require that you arrange a tour of the wedding facilities with the wedding coordinator. Bring your wedding license to the rehearsal.

WEDDINGS OUTSIDE OUR CHURCH:
One of our ministers is always available to help you celebrate your wedding at locations other than our church building. The fee for an off-site wedding is $500-$550, plus round-trip mileage from our church to the location of the wedding. The deposit for an off-site wedding is $150, and the same deadlines apply. You must bring your wedding license to the wedding location.

​UNITY CANDLES
If you are using a Unity Candle in your wedding, you will need to provide your unity candle, 2 tapered candles, and a base or set of holders for all three candles. All candles must be dripless and smoke free.

SOLOISTS AND CHOIR AVAILABLE
For an additional fee of $150, the church can provide a soloist for your wedding, and for an additional fee of $1000, the church can provide its choir. Other musicians may be used in addition to, or instead of, the church’s organist/pianist.

OUTSIDE MUSICIANS
You may bring outside musicians to the church for your wedding, but use of the church’s instruments require written permission from the church. Use of the organ or piano must be arranged in advance.

ACCESSIBILITY:
Our church building is wheelchair accessible.

PARKING:
The small parking lot adjacent to the north of the church is for staff only. Ample parking is available on Elmwood Avenue and West Ferry Street.

FEES AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE FOR WEDDINGS AT OUR CHURCH

Our fee for a wedding in our church is $1,650. This includes a minister, organist/pianist, use of the church for 1 hour for any rehearsal and use of the church for 2.5 hours for the wedding. It is important that weddings and rehearsals begin promptly, since both staff and building may be scheduled for other events after your wedding. Additional time for staff and church must be scheduled in advance and at the time you book your wedding. The fee for additional time is $100 per hour. The church reserves the right to cancel a wedding if it fails to start within 15 minutes of the scheduled time.  A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to hold the date for your ceremony. This deposit must be received within 10 business days of reserving the date. Payment in full is due 60 days before the date of the ceremony and is not refundable. If payment has not been received by the deadline, the church will assume that the ceremony has been canceled, and may remove it from the calendar.


Some final important details …

​FLOWER DELIVERY TIME:
Florist deliveries are accepted no earlier than 90 minutes before the wedding.

DECORATIONS AND RUNNERS: Decorations may be fastened only with ribbon, string, or rubber-bands. Nails, tacks, tape, wire, etc. are strictly prohibited. You may use a runner. It must be 65 to 75 feet long, and usually is delivered with the flowers. Dyed flower petals may be scattered only if a florist runner is being used.

CONFETTI/BIRDSEED PROHIBITED: The church prohibits use of rice, birdseed, or confetti. If you wish to bless or celebrate the newlyweds, please use bubbles, noisemakers, or ribbons. If you wish to use some other way to celebrate the newlyweds, please obtain permission from the church first.

NO RECEPTIONS: The church’s Parish Hall is not available for receptions.

ALCOHOL OR DRUGS: Alcohol or drugs are prohibited on church property, for your wedding, and alcohol or drugs shall not be consumed before the wedding. If the bride or groom is impaired by drugs or alcohol, the minister is prohibited from conducting the ceremony.

Thank you for choosing us to be part of this important day in your lives!
Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, Phone: 716-885-2136 ext. 3 or by email: Office@buffalouu.org

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