Wedding Information


Athens First United Methodist Church of Athens, Ohio is ready to serve those who want to be united in Christian marriage. Many beautiful weddings, both large and small, have been held in the Sanctuary (seating approximately 350 on the main floor and an additional 200 in the balcony) as well as the lovely Chapel (which seats 125 and is ideal for smaller wedding parties).

In 2017, our church completed several building improvements including an expanded glass entrance, a totally remodeled sanctuary including air conditioning, and the addition of an elevator to all floors of the church. Both Sanctuary and Chapel are air-conditoned.

The Athens 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 First Floor Lounge 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 at jan@firstumcathens.org. Then, please click here for The 2019-2020 Wedding and Reception Guide on planning your wedding at Athens First United Methodist Church. We look forward to hosting your wedding!