Churches and Chapels
Johny and Lise, UUCB
If you are interested in a church wedding in Brevard County but are not members of a local congregation or have inter-faith concerns, there are a few options you can consider.
Most religious denominations require either congregational membership or proof of denominational affiliation in order to be married within one of their churches. They may also insist upon participation in their denomination's marriage preparation program. If family considerations lead you to a specific denomination, simply call an affiliated church in the area and inquire about their availability and requirements. Expect churches to charge a rental fee just like other venues. They too have financial concerns associated with the use of their facilities. The church will most likely expect you to use one of their own clergy for officiating the service.
Unitarian Universalist congregations are usually quite willing to accommodate weddings for couples who are not members and often assist inter-faith couples with their ceremony needs. We have three located in Brevard County. The UU Congregation of Cocoa, Friendship Fellowship of Pineda in Rockledge and the UU Church of Brevard (UUCB) in West Melbourne. I speak at all three churches and can help you contact the appropriate parties at any one.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Brevard rents its facilities for private ceremonies and functions of all kinds. You need not be a member of the congregation to be married at the church, but the service is expected to be officiated by Rev. Fuller, Rev. Dr. Wilson, or other Unitarian Universalist clergy. UUCB offers a secular marriage education program, and while it is invaluable in its own right, does not require it prior to solemnizing a marriage ceremony. The property can accommodate services in either the sanctuary or outside in a natural setting. The sanctuary has permanent seating for approximately 80 guests with the capacity to add temporary seating for approximately 40 more.
As a long-time member of UUCB and their affiliated Community Minister, I am happy to help you determine if it will meet your needs. I am certainly willing to facilitate communication with our Board of Trustees with regard to rental rates and calendar availability. The church is available for just the ceremony or can accommodate a small reception with its kitchen and social hall facilities.
Header: Cheryl Clermont of Space Coast Photographer
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Bruno & Joyce at the Derby Street Chapel
The Derby Street Chapel in Cocoa is an historic and quaint building with lovely photo opportunities and wonderful acoustics. It is an unconsecrated facility, meaning it is no longer used as a house of worship and therefore is unaffiliated with any particular denomination. It is considered a secular building although it evokes a church atmosphere. I am not certain what the capacity limits are but suspect it would be excellent if you have less than 75 guests. It is operated by Cocoa Main Street which can be reached at 321-633-0806.
Old St. Mary's Chapel, like the Derby Street Chapel, is an unconsecrated facility owned by the city of Rockledge. Their capacity is a bit larger than the Derby Street Chapel if you add rented chairs behind the five or so rows of pews. The church is located a block and a half off US1 at 56 Barton Avenue, Rockledge.
I have yet to officiate a wedding at LaGrange Church in Titusville, so I cannot say much about it. The pictures I have seen are quite charming. You can make arrangements for renting this historical church by calling Ginny Cooper at 321-267-7856.
University Chapel: Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne
The Main Chapel : According to their website, "The main chapel in the All Faiths Center is available for events such as weddings and other ceremonies. Voice and music amplification is available for this location. The main chapel may, at times, be unavailable due to events occuring in the adjoining Fellowship Hall. Unlike general purpose spaces, special care must be taken with property in the main chapel."
The Small Chapel: According to their website, "The small chapel is an appropriate venue for small ceremonies and gatherings, but is extremely limited with regard to setup. Special care must also be taken with the property in the small chapel."
To make arrangements, call the Conference and Special Events Office at 321-674-8125 to discuss your needs. I have not officiated a wedding at Florida Tech so I am afraid I do not have any personal knowledge of the facilities.