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elcome and thanks for your interest in having your event at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles! We are the perfect place to host elegant weddings, intimate to large receptions, social events, and musical concerts and recitals. We are located in the heart of Los Angeles just minutes away from downtown LA, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills.

 

Before We Begin...

 

Church Beliefs


As a church, FCCLA holds certain values, beliefs, or requirements that may affect your wedding plans. While our entire wedding policies are outlined in full in our Wedding Policy Manual, there are a few items that we prefer to address right up front. If you are not comfortable with any of the items listed below, then FCCLA is not the right venue for your wedding, and we respectfully advise you to look elsewhere.

  • An FCCLA Minister must participate in the wedding ceremony, even if you are bringing in a Guest Minister.
  • Either a male or a female minister will be assigned to your wedding, based on their availability. We do not take special requests for ministers based on gender.
  • We conduct wedding cermonies for same-sex couples.
  • It is required that The Great Organs be played at some point during the wedding ceremony.
  • Only one of our Organists is allowed play the Organ.
  • Pre-recorded music is not allowed for wedding ceremonies.
  • Only songs on our music repertoire list can be played during the ceremony. These songs include popular wedding songs, traditional and classical music that is befitting of a sacred service.

WEDDING PRICES AND POLICIES


Please click here to download a pdf of our current wedding prices and policies.
Contact the Weddings Department with any questions or to schedule a tour: 213.355.5240 weddings@fccla.org 

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CEREMONIES

 

 

e offer the sweeping majesty of our neo-Gothic Sanctuary, home of the world’s largest church pipe organ, or the gorgeous intimacy of Shatto Chapel. Our staff of open and engaging ministers, world-class musicians, and professional wedding coordinators is dedicated to ensuring your wedding or commitment ceremony is always in good hands.

 

 

Ceremony Package Includes

  • Ceremony space for 4 hours (for set up, ceremony, photos, clean up)
  • Venue Coordinator to facilitate rehearsal and wedding day
  • Minister to officiate or supervise/participate in your ceremony
  • Organist
  • One-hour Wedding Rehearsal
  • Bridal Room and/or Groom’s Room
  • Audio Specialist and microphones
  • Unity candle stand, candelabra stands, candles, gift tables and chairs, and kneeling bench (upon request).
  • Security Guard
  • Facilities Support Personnel
  • Parking

Ceremony Venues

 
Sanctuary
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Sanctuary
  • Seats 800 main floor, 1000 with balconies
  • Houses the world's largest church pipe organ with approximately 23,000 pipes!
  • Interesting Facts: The Sanctuary has been featured in such movies as Mr. Deeds, Spiderman 2, National Treasure, and TV episodes of Ugly Betty, The West Wing, Angel, 24, My So-Called Life, and My Fair Wedding with David Tutera.

 

Shatto Chapel

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Shatto Chapel
  • Seats 150 main floor, 175 using balcony
  • Interesting Facts: The church turned upside down would be an exact replica in size to the Mayflower ship that the Pilgrims used to come to America.

 

Romantic Vistas

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Romantic Vistas
  • Around the Church couples may take advantage of the many photo opportunities in front of the buildings and surrounding outdoor areas for their wedding portraits.


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Ministers


There are no pre-requisites for getting married at our church.
Our ministers are happy and available to officiate your wedding. If our minister is officiating, we do require a premarital session to work out the details of your ceremony service. You may also bring your own valid officiant as long as our minister participates in the service.

 

 

 

Music Gallery

Ceremony Music


FCCLA takes great pride in offering one of the finest and largest church pipe organs in the world. You can choose from an extensive music repertoire list that our organist can play for your wedding ceremony. Outside musicians are allowed, but all songs must be live and approved by the music dept.
For more information on our organ and organist, please click here

 

 

WEDDING PRICES AND POLICIES


Please click here to download a pdf of our current wedding prices and policies.
Contact the Weddings Department with any questions or to schedule a tour: 213.355.5240 weddings@fccla.org

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RECEPTIONS

 

ur church has a variety of spaces suitable for indoor or outdoor receptions. From intimate garden cocktails to formal dining for 300, our spaces can be transformed to your unique style and vision.

 

 

Reception Package Includes

  • Reception venue for 8 hours (for set up, reception, clean up)
  • Tables and chairs for up to 300 guests
  • 2nd Venue Coordinator
  • 2nd Security Guard
  • Additional Facilities Support Personnel

Reception Spaces


Stuart Hall
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Stuart Hall          
  • Seats 250 (with dance floor); 300 (no dance floor); 400 standing
  • Perfect for buffet or seated dinners, dancing, large cocktail receptions
Barnum Room
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Barnum Room          
  • Seats 100 (no dance floor);100 standing
  • Perfect for cocktail hour, Light receptions, small seated dinners
Mayflower Courtyard
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Mayflower Courtyard
  • Seats 50; 150 standing
  • Perfect for small outdoor reception, cocktail hour    

Forecourt Gallery

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Forecourt
  • Seats 200 (with dance floor); 260 (no dance floor); 400 standing
  • Perfect for cocktail hour, natural outdoor receptions, lounge areas.

Catering


In order to guarantee quality service, we work with a list of preferred professional caterers who can provide food, beverages, staffing, and rentals. These preferred caterers operate on their own fee schedule, which is separate from the venue rental fee. We can provide you with sample menus, or you may contact them directly regarding questions or to schedule tastings:


· 4 Seasons Catering
Contact: Mike or Polly
(213) 745 7077


· City Cuisine Group
Contact: Janet
(213) 355-5214


· Lawry’s Catering
Contact: Melissa
(310) 360-6281 ext 5


· Mona Lisa Catering
Contact: MaryAnn
(800) 303-MONA


Licensed outside caterers are allowed, but please contact us for more details.

 

WEDDING PRICES AND POLICIES


Please click here to download a pdf of our current wedding prices and policies.

Contact the Weddings Department with any questions or to schedule a tour: 213.355.5240 weddings@fccla.org

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PERFORMANCE SPACES

 

We have held numerous performances at First Church, including the annual LA Bach Festival since 1934 and various other choir, orchestra, and band performances. Our Sanctuary is an ideal space with a capacity of 1500 attendees, Shatto chapel can hold up to 175 attendees with amazing acoustics, and green rooms are available for 1-300 performers. Our Organists are available to play the organ and all pianos and harpsichord are tuned regularly.

 

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Past Organizations Include:


LA Opera

Youth Orchestra LA (through LA Philharmonic)

Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles

Vox Femina

Top Shelf

Pacific Boys Choir

Reed College

Gay Freedom Band of Los Angeles

Los Angeles Korean Musicians Association

Korean American Foundation

Equitas Dance Academy

American Theatre Organ Society

AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts

 

Special Event Inquiry Form


Please fill out the

event inquiry form (pdf)

and submit to weddings@fccla.org or call 213-355-5240 for a price estimate.

 

Filming


For filming, please contact:
Media Locations
Elaine Pallemon
323-939-1912
medialocations@netscape.net

 

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PRESS/REVIEWS

 

Featured in:


Los Angeles Magazine: A New Testament: How The First Congregational Church of Los Angeles Is Preparing To Marry Same-Sex Couples

 

We’ve been featured in wedding websites like Style Me Pretty, theknot.com. You can also see us on “My Fair Wedding with David Tutera,” Season 5!

 

Read Testimonials:


 

 

WeddingWire Rated 2011

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Videos of Previous Weddings:


 

 

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CONTACT US

 

Tours


Tours are by appointment only. Contact the Weddings Department with any questions or to schedule a tour.
213.355.5240
weddings@fccla.org

 

Contact Us


Please contact the Wedding dept. for dates of availability and general wedding inquiries.
(213) 355-5240 office
(213) 487-0461 fax
weddings@fccla.org

 

Our Team

Mrs. Joanna Sum

Wedding and Events Manager since 2011
Joanna Sum has moved into the position of Wedding and Events Manager. Under her direction, the Wedding and Events team works tirelessly to bring the Church alive with weddings, concerts, and other special events.

Mr. Larry Dusich

Wedding and Events Coordinator since 2012
Larry Dusich is officially joining the First Church team as our part-time Wedding and Events Coordinator. He will be assisting Joanna Sum, our Wedding and Events Manager, with growing the Wedding and Events business by touring brides and grooms around the facility, coordinating event day details, and working on the day of weddings and events.

Ms. Esther Manilla

Wedding Events Assistant since 2014
Esther Manilla assists Joanna, our Wedding & Events Manager, in helping couples plan their special day at FCCLA.

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FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH of LOS ANGELES

Wilshire Center  |  540 South Commonwealth Avenue  |  Los Angeles  CA. 90020  |  T. 213.385.1341