Weddings on the River

We are currently accepting reservations for weddings/events scheduled through April 2023, and all reservations/rentals are subject to change or cancellation if the COVID risk level rises again. Weddings must be coordinated with the Administrator, and must follow the same COVID prevention measures that are in place for Sunday services at the time of the wedding

See our COVID-19 Policy.

An Ideal Wedding Location

The Church of the River is an ideal and affordable location for Memphis weddings, for non-members as well as members.

We have a beautiful sanctuary (designed by famed architect Roy Harrover) with floor-to-ceiling windows offering a breathtaking view of the mighty Mississippi River.

Or, hold your ceremony outdoors, with a view of both Memphis bridges (and their amazing nighttime synchronized LED light shows).

The First Unitarian Church of Memphis/The Church of the River is a Welcoming Congregation and supports marriage equality. LGBTQ weddings welcome.

Weddings are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Because of the popularity of the church as a wedding location, it is important to contact the church to make arrangements well in advance of your desired wedding date.

Our Office Administrator would be happy to discuss your upcoming wedding at the Church of the River. Please contact us by email or call the church at 901-526-8631.

Wedding Packages

The Sanctuary or Riverside Lawn

  • Description: Have your wedding in the beautiful sanctuary with a view of the Mississippi River or on the lawn overlooking the river
  • Sanctuary Capacity: 250 people
  • Time: 6 hour use of building (includes rehearsal in sanctuary, day before wedding)
  • Additional Time: $200 per hour

Sanctuary or Riverside Lawn plus Entertainment Facilities

  • Description: Wedding with rehearsal dinner or reception (Sanctuary or Riverside Lawn, Social Hall, Chalice Room, Outdoor Patio)
  • Sanctuary Capacity: 250 people
  • Entertainment Facilities Capacity: 100 people (approximately)
  • Time: 9 hour use of building
  • Additional Time: $200 per hour

With either package, even if you plan an outdoor wedding, the Sanctuary is automatically reserved for your use in the event of inclement weather. Prices listed are for non-members. Church members, please contact the office for member pricing.