About weddings on the garden

Christ Congregational Church is located in Palmetto Bay on a 5-acre campus in a lush tropical setting. We are located less than 2 miles from the historic Deering Estate on Biscayne Bay in Southwest Miami-Dade County. Christ Congregational Church offers both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. We have the distinction of being the only church in Miami with an outdoor rock garden chapel that is available for both day and evening ceremonies. We welcome non-members to Christ Congregational Church and encourage you to attend our Sunday informal, outdoor worship service in the garden at 8:55 A.M. or the indoor service at 10:30 A.M. to become acquainted with our church family and philosophy.

What We Offer

  • An indoor or outdoor chapel
  • Lush setting
  • Proximity to Deering Estate
  • Reception facilities
  • Bride’s Room
  • Commitment Ceremonies
  • Renewal of Vows
  • Baptisms/Christening
  • Sanctuary Ceremonies are available Monday through Friday upon request and Saturdays and Sundays after 2:00 p.m.

The Ceremony

The Pastor of Christ Congregational Church will normally conduct all wedding ceremonies held in the church. Other clergy, if desired, may be invited to share in the ceremony by the pastor. The pastor requires all couples to meet with the pastor for two one-hour sessions before the wedding rehearsal.

Open and Affirming Statement

At Christ Congregational Church we strive to love one another as God has loved us and welcome one another as Christ has welcomed us. Therefore, we are an Open and Affirming church, loving and welcoming all people in all of God’s variety; including racial, ethnic, and economic diversity, gender diversity and expression, sexual orientation, and physical and mental abilities.

The Cost

To secure your wedding date, a deposit of $200.00 is required. The balance of costs is $800.00 which includes, but not limited to:

  • One hour of building use for the rehearsal
  • Two hours of building use the day/night of your wedding ceremony
  • The Pastor
  • The Organist
  • The wedding assistant
  • The Custodian

The Music

The church organist will play for all ceremonies and will guide you in the selection of appropriate music. Outside vocalists or other special music will not be allowed unless prior arrangements have been made with the pastor and organist.

Other Arrangements

For more specific information on refund of deposits, photography, videography, floral arrangements, decoration of the sanctuary, the use of Fellowship Hall, the Kelsey Building, or the breezeway is contained in the Wedding Contract and Contract for Wedding Reception.

About Christ Congregational United Church of Christ 

Christ Congregational United Church of Christ is a community gathered for the worship and service of God, seeking to follow the way of Jesus in the world today under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are a diverse and growing community where every person is welcomed, accepted and cherished. We endeavor the build a loving and caring community where children, youth and adults can grow in their faith and in their capacity to follow Jesus. We resolve to share the love we have from God by giving of ourselves, our time, our energy and our financial resources toward caring for all of God’s creation and building a more just and caring society.

Worship is at 8:55 and 10:30 a.m., with some exceptions on special holidays and during hot summer months. Programs for children and youth coincide with the 10:30 a.m. service and fellowship with coffee and goodies in the Kelsey Building usually follows each service if we’re not meeting for a Luncheon in Fellowship Hall instead.

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