Your Wedding at Burlingame United Methodist Church
Marriage is one of the most important events in your life. We would like to make this day very memorable.
While we view the sanctity of marriage from a Christian perspective, we do not require membership in the United Methodist Church. We welcome couples of all denominations.
Situated in beautiful Burlingame, our lovely Spanish-style sanctuary with balcony seating has one of the finest pipe organs on the Peninsula. Combined with stained glass windows and open beamed ceilings, you experience a feeling of warmth in this sanctuary.
To schedule wedding ceremonies, please contact Ursula Morgenstern. You will be asked to make a deposit of $50.00 and fill out a wedding application to hold the reservation. There is also a wedding brochure with additional information.
When your wedding date and time have been confirmed, we will consult with you on all other details concerning your ceremony. Here is a sample Wedding Ceremony.
"I recently attended an event at this church in Burlingame and think it's a beautiful location for a wedding. There was the stained glass filled wedding venue and then across the hall, a large reception area with a slide show (of wedding couple as kids, with family, etc.) and an ajoining kitchen so food prep was out of sight.
"The new minister and Ursula—the coordinator—both seemed very upbeat and helpful. We parked across the street at the huge Safeway parking lot and there was space on the other corner in a bank's parking lot. Worked for us, at least.
"Since I'm new in the area, I went back for a Sunday service at 9:30 and found out they have a rocking good band too. That was a great way to start a Sunday. Seems like there are some nice things going on under that steeple."
— Mom W. | April 21, 2011
The Wedding Ceremony
Your wedding ceremony is a time of Christian worship when you are united in marriage before God. We want to help you in planning a meaningful wedding ceremony.
Our pastors are responsible for all weddings performed at our church. Many couples may wish to invite a guest pastor to co-officiate the ceremony.
Each couple will schedule to meet with the officiating pastor upon making a reservation. This meeting will provide you with an opportunity to become acquainted with the officiating pastor and to plan for your ceremony.
Read a sample Wedding Ceremony.
Our organist is dedicated to helping you select music that will reflect the joy and commitment you share. You are invited to attend our 11 a.m. Sunday worship service in our sanctuary to listen to our beautiful pipe organ.
We require that you meet with the pastor about 4-6 weeks before the ceremony. Please ask our wedding coordinators about pre-marital classes and other classes for couples which we offer.
Books on wedding planning and relationship skills are available in the church library. We also have a binder with helpful information on local premarital classes and marriage enrichment opportunities.
The fee for the wedding ceremony is $1300 which includes the use of the church and grounds, officiating pastor, organist, wedding coordinator, sound technician, and custodial services.
Our newly renovated Social Hall with adjoining kitchen is available for receptions for an additional cost starting at $1000.00 for 4 hours or less. $200.00 for each additional hour. Extensive kitchen use will add to the fee. The use of one microphone is included in the rental of the social hall. Additional audiovisual aids are available at an additional charge. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the premises.
We provide two seven-branch candelabras (complete with candles). Most of our ceremonies include the lighting of the unity candle which must be supplied by the bride and groom.
The rehearsal will be scheduled. It is usually held one or two evenings prior to the wedding and takes approximately 1 hour. Our Wedding Coordinators will run the rehearsal and assist you on the day of your wedding.
We ask that no rice, birdseed, confetti or flowers petals be thrown on the church premises.
We ask that all those who take pictures during the ceremony refrain from using a flash.
Smoking is not permitted on church property. Dressing rooms are available for the bride and her party.
Please bring these items on the evening of the rehearsal: wedding license, fees, unity candles
SEATING CAPACITY = Approx. 275
"This is a beautiful church to get married. Ursula, the new wedding coordinator is very sweet and helpful. JoJo, the facility coordinator helped us tremendously on sound checks & recording, reception area setups, kitchen food storage...etc."
— Win C. | October 2, 2010