Imagine a location where nature and architecture meld into
balanced harmony. Imagine a building where sweeping rooms serve to sweep you
off your feet. Imagine a place seeped in a century of Madison history, where
hundreds of couples have joined together in union, but where your ceremony is
Imagine an ambiance filled with spiritual energy, glowing
colors, and all of the beauty you deserve on your special day.
married at FUS.
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Unitarian Society of Madison merges our beautiful buildings into a spiritual backdrop for an
event to cherish and remember - forever. Because we're not in this for the
money, we are able to provide this to you and your guests for under $1000 in
Thousands have joined in union at FUS over our 130 year history,
giving our ministers the seasoned experience to suggest practical advice on
what works…and what doesn’t.
Couples come to
the First Unitarian Society to be married for many reasons:
- We are more open and flexible about the design of the ceremony
- We will perform ceremonies for couples from different faith
- Membership in our church is not required in order to be married
by our clergy
- UU ministers often are willing to officiate "off-site"
— in parks, private homes, and other venues
- We do not stigmatize couples who have been cohabiting prior to
marriage, or because one or both parties have been married previously
- We are a "Welcoming Congregation" and perform Services
- We charge less than $1000 for the four hour building rental.
Why do we operate this way?
Because ours is
a progressive, non-creedal church that places a high value on individual
freedom and dignity. It is not for the church's benefit, or to satisfy some
preconceived set of institutional standards, that you are getting married. Thus
we do not think there is any single "right" way to plan a wedding. We
are concerned about facilitating the growth of your relationship and helping to
lay the groundwork for its next phase.
the Free Church"
Unitarian-Universalists regard marriage as one of the most
significant passages two humans will experience in a lifetime. It is indeed a
momentous occasion and should rightfully be accompanied by both ritual
observance and festive celebration. We
believe a wedding should reflect the unique personalities and intentions of a
specific couple, as well as accurately represent the faith tradition that
provides the context for the occasion.
Certain legal requirements are satisfied when a couple is joined
in wedlock by a Unitarian-Universalist minister. A license must be procured
from the County Clerk's office within a month of the ceremony, which must be
duly signed and witnessed on the day it is performed. At the very least, the
law requires that an oral vow or oath also be exchanged by the couple.
Yet a wedding ought to accomplish more than merely fulfilling
the letter of the law. Equally important
is that the couple recognizes the spiritual dimension of this covenant and that
they cherish the memory of the wedding day for the rest of their lives.
It's no wonder why so many couples have chosen the Meeting House
as the place to celebrate beginning their lives together. To learn more, check
out our Wedding FAQs page.
Call or email
Mark Renner today to find out what dates and times are available.
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