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Weddings At First Pres

First Presbyterian Church of West Chester is a popular and historic wedding venue in the beautiful downtown of West Chester, Pa. At the crossroads of Manhattan, on iconic Fifth Avenue, your wedding will be as unforgettable as our great city.

The following FAQs will get you started. You will find complete details on the next tab (helpfully titled Complete Details). Please contact Jacklyn Smith (212.247.0490 ext. 3018, if you have further questions.

What is required to get married at FAPC?

  • A completed wedding application (click over to the tab titled Wedding Application).

  • A non-refundable deposit (applied to final balance) of $150.

  • Premarital counseling with the officiating pastor.

  • A meeting with our Director of Music and Fine Arts Ministries.

  • Final payment two weeks prior to your wedding date.

Do we have to be baptized or members of the church to get married at FAPC?

There is no baptism or membership requirement to be married here.

Does the church require premarital counseling? 

Yes, couples are required to have one or two premarital counseling sessions with the pastor officiating the wedding. For those who do not live in the New York City area, we arrange a single, extended session via video conference. Supplemental sessions may be scheduled for an additional fee.

Who can serve as an officiating minister?

All weddings at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church are performed by a pastor on staff. However, with prior approval, a visiting minister may perform or assist in the ceremony.

Do you marry same-sex couples?

Yes. Performing a wedding for any couple, regardless of gender, is always at the discretion of the pastor.

My partner and I live overseas. Can we get married in your church?

Yes, we perform weddings for couples international and domestic.

Does the church have facilities suitable for a reception following the ceremony?

We have two beautiful reception halls that can accommodate wedding receptions large or small. There is a $500 discount for couples who schedule both their ceremony and reception at the church. We also have a professional, in-house catering company that can take care of everything from cocktail receptions to sit-down dinners. Our planning coordinator can provide more information about space rental and other important details.

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