First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto 625 Hamilton Avenue • Palo Alto • CA 94301


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review
  • Soaring 73 feet into the air and studded with brilliantly hued stained glass windows, the sloping walls of the magnificent 1894 Sanctuary are truly awe-inspiring. A dramatic 75-foot aisle leads to your ceremony on the raised chancel; reception facilities are available on-site, or choose from the ample selection of nearby venues in Palo Alto.
  • The renowned Merritt Speidel Organ is the among the oldest in the San Francisco Bay Area, boasting numerous sets of ethereal soft string and piquant flute stops for a world-class sound. Inquire with the talented in-house organist, who is happy to work with you to plan and play the music to accompany your "I do"s.
  • All committed couples are joyfully welcomed here. As a reconciling congregation, the church has adopted a Covenant of Inclusiveness, stating that "we are a part of the Methodist tradition of social concern and action, a justice-seeking, Spirited people."

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Ceremony Fee
  • $5,000/event and up
  • Ceremony fee varies depending on:
    • Time of year
    • Space reserved
    • Event duration
    • If a holiday weekend

  • The ceremony fee includes:

    • 4-hour rental the day of the wedding & a 2-hour rehearsal
    • Two dressing rooms
    • Wedding coordinator
    • Custodian
    • Sound operator
    • Organist

    There is an additional $1,000 fee for holiday weekends.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 500 0
Cocktails, etc. Standing 500 0
Reception Seated 212 0
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 300.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Small Wedding
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


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Not allowed

Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Access limited


Year-round, Saturdays, 10am–4pm. Other times by arrangement and subject to availability.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Chapel / Church / Temple
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Non-Profit
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace

Venue Views

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