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Universalist National Memorial Church

Washington, DC View map
Rating 3.6 out of 5
3 reviews

About

We are a liberal, Christian, Universalist congregation in the heart of Washington, DC, with an inclusive vision of the “final harmony of all souls with God.” We welcome non-church members to have their weddings here — including divorced persons, interethnic and interfaith couples, and same-sex couples.

Our “mini cathedral” can accommodate weddings both large (up to 250 attendees) and tiny (just the two of you and your officiant) and every size in between. Our location near Dupont Circle puts many wonderful restaurants and other reception venues within easy reach.

Here are a few links to weddings that show off the beauty of the UNMC sanctuary and parlor:

Priscilla & Greg - photographer: Kelsey Thompson
http://kthompsonphotography.blogspot.com/2010/05/priscilla-greg-marriott-metro-center-dc.html

Patricia & Josh - photographers: Allison & Chris Britton
http://abrittonphotography.com/blog/2010/11/17/patricia-josh-married-carneige/

Sarah & Kevin - photographer: Cynthia Kirsch
http://www.blipfoto.com/view.php?id=1094503&month=4&year=2011

Noel & Ben - photographer: Sarah Hodzic
http://blinkdcblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/ben-and-noel-married-washington-dc-and.html

Sandy & Cooper - photographer: Daniel McGarrity
http://www.danielmcgarrityphotography.com/blog/cheers-from-everyone-on-the-streets-of-dc-sandy-and-cooper-5-7-2011/

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,531

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,531

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

3

Describe your venue:

Religious

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony

What event services do you offer?

Event Rentals

What event items are available?

Aisle Runners

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
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Recommended by 71% of couples
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    Joanna Married on 04/29/2017
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    UNMC was the perfect location for my wedding ceremony in DC. It was conveniently close to metro stations and my hotel for reception. Also, Laura was a pleasure to work with from the very beginning, extremely nice and accomodating. From the tour, to rehearsal, to the day of my wedding, I had absolutely no issues or concerns. She even allowed us to gain access to the church earlier than we expected on the wedding day, so the officiant and bridal party could be on time. What I liked most was the beauty of this church! The sanctuary is stunning, all of my photos came out beautiful. And, there were separate holding rooms provided for the groomsmen, bridesmaids, and officiant. The parking lot across the street can be rented for couples that have a lot of guests with cars. Only downside is if couples go over their reserved time at the church, pricing is very expensive, so stick to a schedule! I would definitely recommend.
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    Amy Married on 08/19/2017
    Rating 4.4 out of 5
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    We loved having our ceremony at UNMC! The feel was just what we were looking for and the stained glass is stunning. The only trouble we had was that the parking lot they typically rent was not available for our wedding so we ended up hiring a valet service. The seems to be unusual, but can happen. Loved the bridal waiting room and the library for the groom. Overall, it provided the perfect setting for our 140 person wedding.
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    Sandra Married on 06/02/2012
    Rating 1.3 out of 5
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    This church is very beautiful inside. They offer (additional cost) parking lot for your guests to park on the day of the wedding -- which is good. The church coordinator here is Leila Chamberlin who is awful to work with. We were thankful to have our own wedding coordinator who directed the flow of things on the day of our wedding. Leila is very rude and forgetful with everything. She could not for the life of her remember my name I had to repeat myself all throughout the year we had contact with her. I have no idea how this place can run with her in charge. She has office hours to which she does not stick to, she does not reply back to emails, or phone calls. Like I've said the church is beautiful but the church coordinator needs to be replaced with someone who's more professional and friendly to brides and grooms. The church I rate a 4.5 (.5 off for additional cost of parking), but with the current church coordinator it was to be 1.3/5.

    Universalist National Memorial Church's reply:

    Dear sprice, thank you for your frank review. We have reorganized our wedding ministry in order to offer couples a more timely, reassuring, and supportive service during what we know can be a very stressful period.

    About the parking fee, we do not have our own lot. However, our good neighbor the Scottish Rite Temple allows us to rent their lot on a per-event basis, depending on availability. That is why there is an additional cost for the parking lot. Not all couples use it. Some choose to transport their guests by chartered coach directly from the event hotel — which makes it more likely that the ceremony can begin on time!

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1810 16th Street, NW Washington, DC, 20009
2023873411
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Universalist National Memorial Church frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Universalist National Memorial Church?

Universalist National Memorial Church includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite

What are the most important characteristics of Universalist National Memorial Church in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Universalist National Memorial Church for wedding events is known for:
  • Religious

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Universalist National Memorial Church for wedding events?

Universalist National Memorial Church offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor

What kind of wedding events does Universalist National Memorial Church offer?

Universalist National Memorial Church offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony

What services does Universalist National Memorial Church offer for wedding events?

Universalist National Memorial Church offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Event Rentals

What furniture and decorations does Universalist National Memorial Church have available for wedding events?

Universalist National Memorial Church offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Aisle Runners

What percentage of users recommend Universalist National Memorial Church and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Universalist National Memorial Church is recommended by 66% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 3.6 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.3 in value, 3.8 in quality of service, 3.3 in professionalism, 3.2 in average response time and 3.2 in flexibility.

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