The First Congregational Church of Palo Alto is an Open and Affirming congregation, which means that we make a public covenant of welcome into our full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. Our ministers are happy to work with you to arrange a wedding ceremony that reflects your faith and your unique relationship to one another. Our organist will meet with you to help you select organ or piano pieces to make your wedding truly memorable!
Our Sanctuary can comfortably seat 300 guests, and is well known for its excellent acoustics and beautiful stained glass windows. The Sanctuary has a baby grand piano and features a Letourneau Pipe Organ with over 3,000 pipes. For your ceremony we can provide a minister and pianist/organist or you are welcome to use your own officiant that is ordained in the Christian tradition and/or your own musicians.
Harmony Hall can comfortably accommodate 250 guests for a seated dinner, and has a catering kitchen that can be used by an outside vendor of your choosing. The Hall has a sound system, stage, grand piano, bathrooms, and courtyard access.
The Courtyard is an excellent location for a small wedding, mini reception, cocktail hour, dancing, or outside dining (100 guests seated).
Ideal picture locations on site include the front lawn with an expansive green area with the backdrop of the church, the Courtyard with Japanese maples and flowering pear trees, and our memorial garden with a wall of textured glass, a mosaic labyrinth, and native plantings.
Our church has ample parking with both accessible parking spots and charging stations, and is easily accessed from HWY 101 for out of town guests.