Weddings at First
For human beings, faithfulness and love need not go together. In God the two are joined, and it is in his steadfast love that we seek to root our covenant of fidelity as well as our emotions of love. In the flux of experience, one thing holds true ~ the vows of fidelity grounded in the love of God which abides forever.
Thus it is not the minister who performs the marriage but the wedding couple. Both church and state have an interest in marriage, and marriage is done in the presence of a representative of one or the other. But the marriage is concluded by the two partners. The couple marry each other, and the minister is the principal witness to their action. If the marriage is at its heart basically an exchange of vows of faithfulness and commitment, this is something that the minister cannot do for someone else. Nonetheless, the couple is not left on their own to fulfill the promises, for God’s blessing and support are asked.
Frequently asked questions
Do I have to be a member of First?
No, you do not have to be a member. We are excited that you want to celebrate your marriage in a Sacred Space!
Does First Lutheran’s minister have to officiate the ceremony?
If you do not have an officiant First Lutheran’s minister is more than happy to officiate your ceremony. If you have a personal connection with someone who is a licensed officiant, they are most certainly welcome and encouraged to lead your ceremony and continue to build their relationship with you.
Does First Lutheran have a musician who can play for our wedding?
First Lutheran has a musician who can play for your ceremony. You are also welcome to invite in your own musicians. We have a piano and organ that are available for use. We also have connections with many musicians, such as brass and string instrumentalists.
Does First Lutheran allow same gender weddings?
Yes, we do. All people are welcome to be married at First Lutheran.
Is there parking at First?
First Lutheran does not have parking. Washington Park Garage and several surface lots provide off street parking within a two blocks. Metered street parking is also available. The Washington Park Streetcar Platform is directly in front of the church and provides another transportation option. Rideshare services can easily drop off and pick up guests in front of First’s main entrance on Race Street.
Is First Lutheran Handicap Accessible?
First Lutheran is not handicap accessible. We do have a stair glide which provides service to the main level. Wedding guests need to be able to climb two steps and transfer into the glide chair. We are hoping to have a full service elevator installed in 2020.
Is there place for the bridal party to get ready on the wedding day?
First Lutheran has a bridal suite on the Lower Level.