North Hollywood Wedding Venue
4390 Colfax Avenue
North Hollywood, California 91604
If you’re in search of a sincere, spiritual environment for your wedding ceremony, or are marrying someone of a different faith than yours, or if you wish to bring in your own officiant—whether priest or rabbi—then First Christian Church awaits you. First Christian has a philosophy of tolerance: “whatever brings people closer to God” is their refreshing attitude.
Not only an active leader in its community, FCCNH is also frequently used as a location for movies and television shows: For over a decade it was the church featured in the TV series “7th Heaven.” “The Office” filmed Phyllis’ entire wedding and reception here, and when Spielberg needed the perfect church for Indiana Jones to finally marry Marian, he chose this one. Today, the beautiful landmark building in North Hollywood can also be the site of your memorable wedding and reception.
The red brick structure is a Philadelphia Colonial design, with sleek white columns supporting the portico. The steeple has a spire of verdigris topped by an unassuming cross. A small garden leads to the reception entrance. One of the sites available for your ceremony is a charming redwood chapel that will not only envelop your guests in a cozy warmth, but will afford everyone a clear view of the bridal couple. First Christian provides “unity candles” for couples who wish to uphold this romantic candle-lighting tradition. As the bride and groom light the candle together, their faces shine in the soft glow of the flickering flames, and their family and friends become part of this intimate ritual. The chapel’s electronic organ or a soloist of your choice can contribute to the heartwarming mood.
Then there’s the sanctuary, stunning in its elegant simplicity with dark wood pews, tall multipaned windows, and a white railing fronting the balcony. The modest altar is also done in white and wood, with a plain cross and candles the only ornamentation. A skylight over the pulpit brings in a natural glow, complemented by graceful brass chandeliers with frosted glass shades and matching wall sconces. A truly spectacular pipe organ sits on the chancel, just waiting to play your wedding march. Receptions are held in the Social Hall, a spacious air-conditioned room with polished wood floors and a proscenium stage. A full kitchen is at the disposal of your caterer. One of the nice amenities of First Christian Church is the Bride’s Room, a lovely pastel retreat with makeup mirrors and a full-length looking glass. The closets are thoughtfully stocked with everything from an iron to safety pins, and there’s plenty of room for the wedding party to prepare or just relax.
The church’s pastor, the delightful Reverend Bock (see his entry in the Service Directory) believes that “the wedding ceremony belongs to the couple, not the clergyman.” He loves to create ceremonies that reflect the couple’s wishes, and is especially skillful at making family rituals or other personal touches an integral part of the ceremony. He’s also happy to co-officiate, be it with a Spanish-speaking priest or a traditional rabbi. Reverend Bock and the wedding staff at First Christian Church are experts at making everyone feel welcome. With the recent addition of services spoken in Spanish, the FCCNH can now offer weddings officiated in Spanish as well.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Sanctuary accommodates 325–350 seated guests, the Chapel 50 seated.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Social Hall holds 100–110 seated guests; for a cake and punch reception, it holds 175–200.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Social Hall holds 120–140 seated guests.
A $250 deposit (held as a security deposit and fully refundable after your wedding or event) is required to hold your date; the event balance is payable 30 days prior to the function. Rental fees range $350–2,000 depending on space rented, guest count and services. The ceremony fee covers a 3-hour block; the reception fee a 5-hour block. Additional hours may be purchased at $100/hour. Extra services include a sound system in the Sanctuary, soloist, accompanist, organist and sound system at the rehearsal.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: full industrial
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: hardwood floor in Social Hall
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: sound system, microphones, podiums, computer projector
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Telephone: office phone with approval
Outdoor Night Lighting: n/a
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: n/a
Cleanup: caterer or renter
Other: coordination CBA, extra fee; candles for Unity Ceremony are provided
Alcohol: champagne punch only
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes; lift required for Social Hall
Insurance: not required
Other: decorations require approval; no birdseed, rice or flower petals
Year-round. Ceremonies take place Monday–Saturday, 9am–6pm or Sunday 2pm; receptions Monday–Saturday 10am–10pm.