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Weddings

Photo by M-three Studios Madison

Imagine...

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 altogether unique.

Imagine an ambiance filled with spiritual energy, glowing colors, and all of the beauty you deserve on your special day.

Imagine getting married at FUS.

For more photos of our space, click here

The First 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 rental cost.

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 traditions
  • 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 of Union.
  • 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.

"Marriage in 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.

608/233-9774 x 118


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