Let us share music and food with you, as you explore our beautiful sanctuary. Bring your cameras and your questions, and let us show you how we can make your wedding ceremony relaxing and memorable.

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

CELEBRATE WITH US.


For nearly 150 years, the doors of Calvary Presbyterian Church have opened to men and women who believe in the Christian meaning of marriage, and we are pleased that you are considering being married here at Calvary. Let us help you establish a marriage that is anchored and sustained by your love of God in Christ.

The inspiring design of the Calvary sanctuary allows for seating up to 250 guests. The church will provide a wedding coordinator to assist you in organizing the details of the wedding. In addition, we can provide you with a recommended list of accomplished musicians and soloists willing to provide you with special music suggestions or services.

The church rental cost includes the use of the sanctuary for both the rehearsal and ceremony, a large dressing room for the bride and her attendants, a second room for the groom and his attendants, the services of a building liaison and facilitator to handle setup and logistics.


Mission


VISIT US

Come visit us on Sunday mornings or make an appointment to tour the church.


OUR PASSION

This is a church with great vision seeking people who would be an exceptional addition to a talented,dedicated and enthusiastic ministry team.


TO EMBRACE AND AFFIRM

all who come through our doors as people created in the image of God

Office Hours

Sundays from 10:30 - 12:00
Tuesdays from 12:00 - 17:00
Wednesday from 10:00 - 16:00
Thursdays from 10:00 - 12:00

Tours by appointment only.

Location

At the corner of 10th and Wisconsin
935 W Wisconsin Ave,
Milwaukee, WI 53233

MEET PASTOR MARK

 

Dr. Mark McDonough can be available for ceremonies, yet you are free to invite the ordained officiant of your choice to preside over your ceremony. Should you chose Pastor Mark, you will find he is committed to building healthy marriages. Together, you and he will schedule premarital counseling sessions to both plan your ceremony and begin building on the Christian foundation of your marriage. Click here to reach out to Pastor Mark about your wedding ceremony.


Building Liaisons

Our building liaisons are your connection to Calvary. They will be there for you on the day of your wedding, ensuring that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Ashanti

Ashanti

Ashanti is a member of Calvary Presbyterian and was married here in July of 2017.

Cindy

Cindy

Cindy is a member of Calvary and was married here in October of 2003.

Heather

Heather

Heather is a member of the church and was married in September of 2015.

Jessica

Jessica

Jessica is a member of the church and was married in 2007.


Frequently Asked Questions


We don’t post weddings publicly more than a few months out, and our calendar is filled on a first come first served basis. That means that availability changes on a daily basis, so call or email to find out if your chosen wedding date is available.

No, you don’t have to be a member. Calvary believes that as all are God’s children, and all should have access to the church when they enter into the sacrament of marriage.

Yes, LGBTQ couple can marry at Calvary. Calvary believes that all are God’s children, and all should have access to the church when they enter into the sacrament of marriage. We do not discriminate against LGBTQ couples in our church.

A booking gives you a rehearsals, usually the evening before, and four hours on the day of your wedding. The timeline is usually as follows: the sanctuary and dressing spaces become available two hours prior to the ceremony time, during which the florist, photographer and musicians may arrive to set up or rehearse and your wedding party can get dressed and settled; the space is available for an additional two hours from the ceremony start time, during which the ceremony and pictures may occur.

You are able to change that timeline – for example, by forgoing pictures after the ceremony, but you will be allowed a total of four hours no matter the timeline you choose.

Calvary’s sanctuary can hold up to 350 people comfortably. However, we only have seating for 250. If you wish to have a wedding with more than 250 guests. You will need to rent chairs for your ceremony. A $200 deposit is required when bringing in outside chairs, but this is returned after the wedding, when no damage is shown to have been made to the building.

Calvary’s sanctuary can hold up to 250 people comfortably.

As stated above, you are free to bring your own officiant. We simply ask that your officiant be ordained by a recognized denomination, if they are ordained as a minister. If you don’t have an officiant, Calvary’s pastor Rev. Mark McDonough is willing to perform your ceremony, if he is available. We can also direct you to other ministers in the area if he is not available.

The wedding booking does not include a musician, but you would be allowed use of Calvary’s piano, organ and sound system. You can hire your own musicians, and we also have a list of musicians who regularly play in the church. You are also free to bring a CD, mp3 player, or smart phone with your chosen musical playlist.

The church has a full sound system with 8 speakers, multiple microphones – including one lavalier microphone, and tape, CD, and mp3/mobile phone capability. The building facilitator manages the sound system during your ceremony.

Yes, you would. Although one of the benefits of getting married at Calvary is the inherent beauty of the architecture, you are free to decorate within the guidelines set out in the wedding agreement. Our guidelines are very flexible and all amount to “don’t destroy the church.”

Yes, wedding rehearsals are generally scheduled the evening before the wedding, with changes depending on the availability of the space and your schedule.

You can set-up the wedding almost any way you like, but most couples have things laid out in a similar way. This makes finding a seat easy for your guests and gives photographers and videographers easy access to the best places to get that perfect shot. The church has a fixtures – like the platform, candlesticks, and podium – that wedding couples are free to use for their ceremony, at no extra charge. See image below.
The aisle runner and flower petals are not included with the booking.

Yes, you can.  For large items, like a platform, or ones that will cover a lot of floor space, like chairs, we ask for a $200 deposit. This deposit is returned after the wedding if no damage is left to the building.

Each wedding booking is allowed up to four (4) hours in the church. That is generally setup as two hours prior to the ceremony, the ceremony, and some time afterward for photographs and the collection of personal items.

Calvary has a small parking lot, which is best saved for the wedding party or vendor’s use. However, there are hundreds of parking spots on the street around the church, and, as most weddings happen in the evening or on the weekend, many are usually free. There are also a number of parking lots in the area, which you could direct guests too. See the image below.
Street parking and lots around Calvary.

Booking Calvary Church for your wedding is $1250 for weddings on Friday evening, Saturday or Sunday and $1050 for weekdays or weeknights. This covers both the rehearsal and wedding day and gives you access to the sanctuary, two changing rooms and bathrooms, and a host and facilities manager.

These fees are subject to change.

Call or email the church make sure that the church is available for your wedding date and to get a copy of the wedding agreement. Review the agreement and have both parties sign and date it. You can then email, mail, or drop off the agreement, along with a non-refundable deposit of $250 by check or money order to the church office. The deposit will go towards your booking fee.

You can also pay your deposit via Eventbrite, but there is a fee for doing so. (Eventbrite charges and keeps the fee.) Let the office manager know that you want to pay online when you check your date, so that you can be sent to the correct place to make the payment.

Once your deposit AND wedding agreement reach the church office, a receipt will be created and sent to you. If you have not received a deposit receipt, then we likely have not yet received your payment. Contact the church office to get an update.



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