Wedding Information


First United Methodist Church of Athens, Ohio is ready to serve those who want to be united in Christian marriage. Many lovely weddings, both large and small, have been held at First United Methodist Church, both in the lovely Sanctuary (seating approximately 600 on the main floor and an additional 200 in the balcony) as well as the Chapel (which seats 125 and is ideal for smaller wedding parties).

The Sanctuary at First United Methodist Church

The Sanctuary at First United Methodist Church seats approximately 800 and is a lovely venue for weddings.

The First UMC Sanctuary has available a Schantz pipe organ to provide the musical setting for your wedding.  If you desire organ or piano accompaniment, the church office will confirm the availability of our music staff for your wedding day. Vocal and/or instrumental soloists may be chosen by the couple. Pre-recorded music may also be arranged, and both our Sanctuary and Chapel feature modern sound systems.

As a United Methodist Church, First UMC expects that an official ritual of the United Methodist Church be used.  Customizations in the ceremony may be made in consultation with the pastor.  The officiating pastor is in charge of the rehearsal and the wedding service. For receptions, First UMC has two large rooms available for your use: the Lounge on the first floor can accommodate 50-75 guests, while Fellowship Hall is very nice for larger receptions (100-300 guests).

Begin to plan your Wedding at First United Methodist Church by arranging an appointment with the pastor through the church office by telephone at (740) 593-3977 or by emailing our Office Manager, Jenaye Hill at jenaye@firstumcathens.org. Then, please click here for an informational bulletin on planning your wedding at First United Methodist Church. We look forward to hosting your wedding!