Melissa and I spent a fair amount of
time looking for a church for our wedding. In fact this was the
first thing we decided to plan. We wanted to
find a location with that classic New England look. We
were looking for a "neutral" location and fairly quickly decided that
a Unitarian Church would be a good fit. It also happens that
many Unitarian Churches are the archetypical New England style church.
Before I confuse anyone, in 1961 the Unitarian Church and
the Universalist Church merged to become the Unitarian Universalists.
In many places (the previous paragraph for instance)
the church is referenced as just the "Unitarian Church." For
more information about the Unitarian Universalist organization and its history you can visit
Unitarian Universalist's are known for their liberal ways and open
congregations and are very welcoming
of couples who are looking for a "neutral" wedding location. This was
great for us as we were somewhat worried about finding an
The Unitarian Universalist Church we
chose is the First Parish Church in Framingham Massachusetts.
Ironically this particular church does not exactly fit the New England
style we were originally looking for. The outside is not all
white painted wood but we both loved the gorgeous inside.
First Parish can trace its roots back to 1698 when the
first structure was built for what would eventually become the First
Parish congregation. The church went through many changes over
the years until the current Meeting House (as the
buildings seem to be called) was built in 1927. (The
previous Meeting House had burned down in1920) You can visit
the First Parish web site at http://www.firstparishframingham.org.
For pictures of the church, please click on the buttons