First Friends Meeting is a simple and elegant place to wed in the heart of Greensboro, NC. We are centrally located to UNCG, Friendly Center, Downtown and many hotels, including the Proximity and O.Henry. Founded in 1892, First Friends Meeting is a gathering place for those who "seek peace and pursue it." The Meetinghouse includes a variety of spaces that work well for office and group meetings, retreats, workshops, receptions, and weddings. We gladly welcome LGBTQ, interfaith, and non-Quaker weddings. The large Meetingroom can seat up to 300. A beautiful gathering room provides an intimate setting for wedding parties to dress and get ready. Our well-cared for grounds boast lots of green space and several magnolias, perfect for wedding party and family pictures. Our sound system and A/V equipment are available. Our fellowship hall is also available, should you like to host your rehearsal dinner or reception on-site. The Meetinghouse includes a full kitchen, equipped for warming pre-prepared or catered foods. The Meeting Room and lower floor are both handicapped accessible, but at this point there is no elevator. First Friends Meeting is a smoke and alcohol-free environment.
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Location: First Friends is located almost exactly half way between downtown Greensboro and friendly shopping center, it is also located very close to Wendover avenue (like 2 blocks away), allowing the venue to easily accommodate a separate wedding and reception location. We could have gotten to anywhere in Greensboro in under 15 minutes from the ceremony.
Services: The wedding coordinator, Kristina, was AMAZING! I can not say enough wonderful things about her. Not once did I feel she was pressured or frustrated, which was a HUGE relief to someone like me. Her ability to keep a calm demeanor under pressure, her organizational skills, and her planning skills were excellent. Deborah, the pastor, was equally amazing. She is full of love and joy; she was a natural choice for us. I also love that she is open to all wedding celebrations and worked so diligently to ensure our ceremony truly reflected us.
Decor/Ceremony Space: The sanctuary/meeting room is GORGEOUS. I mean drop dead gorgeous. They have HUGE windows which let in beautiful light, especially for an afternoon wedding. The floor is cork and wood which is just incredible. There is an organ (M.P. Möller, Inc., Opus 10443, 1968) which sounds incredible, as well as a piano. The meeting room itself is a beautiful shade of mint green, but given the amount of natural light it really is very neutral. The entry to the meeting house is beautiful as well. The furnishings and decor are very simple allowing you to really customize the space for your big day.
First Friends truly embraces the spirit of acceptance, understanding, and simplicity. They are conveniently located, and the space is breathtaking. The biggest perk of the entire place is the staff. They are as beautiful as the meeting house itself.
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