A Church for All Weddings
We are pleased to offer a warm and one-of-a-kind environment for couples of all faiths, genders and backgrounds to celebrate their marriage.
A Beautiful Setting for a Marriage Ceremony
Just 10 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, the church was built in 1930 in the Bay Area Arts and Crafts style under its own redwood grove. Adjacent to Old Mill Park and just a block from downtown Mill Valley, the church offers a simple, natural ambiance. The sanctuary features a stone fireplace, walls of French windows, carved wooden furnishings designed especially for the space, massive beams of native redwood illuminated by the warm light of the handcrafted light fixtures, and a grand piano and a small pipe organ. One hundred people may be seated in pews and an additional fifty may be seated in chairs. With a seating capacity of 150, the Sanctuary is an ideal place for an intimate wedding ceremony.
A Great Place for a Reception
Adjacent to our Sanctuary is the 2500 square foot Tamalpais Hall. The recently renovated hall is a large, open space with natural light and a hardwood floor just right for dancing. At one end of the hall is a raised stage perfect for a DJ or band, and at the other end is a modern kitchen available for your caterer. The hall can accommodate 150 for dining with ample room for dancing.
Services and Amenities
For every ceremony celebrated at the Community Church the following services and amenities are included:
- An On-Site Event Coordinator: Barbara Strader Sitkin will facilitate your plans and coordinate all those small details to make sure that the day goes smoothly.
- A Facilities Coordinator: Aaron Young will set up the facility to meet your needs, coordinate deliveries from vendors, and supervise packing and loading of supplies and the general clean-up.
- A Dressing Room: A large dressing room with a separate entrance, comfortable sofas, a dressing table, and a private restroom is provided for your use before the ceremony.
Our on-site coordinator will facilitate a one-hour rehearsal the day before the ceremony.
Our Ceremony Team
While you are welcome to choose your own minister and/or musician, we believe that Dora Ford and Esther Archer offer unique expertise for creating a well-orchestrated ceremony at the Community Church.
Our Minister for Weddings
Dora Ford has over 24 years experience helping couples plan celebrations of their love and commitment. A gifted spiritual leader, Reverend Dora, is sensitive to the wishes of couples from varied religious and cultural backgrounds. She will work closely with you on three separate occasions to plan a ceremony that is just right for you.
Esther Archer is a professional musician, an experienced performer, accompanist, vocal coach and conductor. She will pieces appropriate to the occasion on piano or organ. You may make your own suggestions or she will be happy to suggest pieces from an extensive repertoire of music.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are couples required to be members of the church?
No, a previous relationship with the Community Church is not required to schedule a marriage ceremony and/or reception.
May we tour the facility?
Yes. Contact Barbara Strader Sitkin at 415/388-5540 or CCMVUCC@comcast.net to arrange for a tour.
What is required to book a wedding and/or reception?
To confirm a booking, a reservation deposit—in the amount of one-half of the total fees—and a signed application are required. This deposit is non-refundable.
May alcoholic beverages be served during the reception?
Yes. The Community Church of Mill Valley U.C.C. permits the use of wine, champagne and beer under conditions that:
1. Reasonably protect the interests of the church;
2. Reduce the liability of the church;
3. Prevent over-indulgence; and
4. Support the laws related to alcohol use.
Couples wishing to serve alcoholic beverages will be required to sign an agreement in support of these conditions and to provide liability insurance. For a copy of the agreement contact Barbara Strader Sitkin (see above).
Is smoking allowed?
A designated smoking area is on the front patio. No smoking is permitted in the buildings.
Is amplified music allowed?
Amplified music is permitted inside only. The City of Mill Valley requires that sound levels not exceed 65 decibels before 9 p.m. and 50 decibels thereafter.
Are parking facilities available?
On street parking is available at the church. Valet parking and parking lot rental may be arranged locally, if necessary.