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First Congregational Church

Detroit , MI
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33 E. Forest Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201 US (map)

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313-831-4080

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Carolyn
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7/23/2016
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We had our wedding at First Congregational Church of Detroit in July 2016. Mainly we worked with Pastor Cindy and two staff members to plan the wedding and the weeks and months before it happened.

Bottom line, we recommend against First Congregational Church of Detroit as a wedding venue.

Please note: this is NOT a review of the church itself. The Underground Railroad Tour is awesome! And the church community was always welcoming and kind to us. This is just a review of the church as a venue/caterer for weddings.

Pros: The building is beautiful, both the sanctuary itself as well as the rooms used for the bridal party and reception. The dining area looked great with napkins decorated in our wedding colors. And, for what the church promises, it’s a good bargain in terms of price.

Unfortunately, the church did not deliver on their promises.

1. We had the misfortune of having our wedding on one of the hottest days of the year. The reception hall itself has air conditioning units, and the church staff assured us that our reception would be safe from the heat. Not so. We had an afternoon reception, and it was a sweltering 85 to 90 degrees. The air conditioning was on, but it was apparently not at all up to the task of cooling a room with 140 people. Our guests were quite uncomfortable with the heat.

2. This created a significant problem when the church caterer did not have any water available for guests at the start of our reception. Our guests graciously listened to our speeches, and even dry toasts by our parents, without any water or wine on our tables. Members of our bridal party specifically asked that pitchers of water be brought out for our guests as the reception got started around 1pm. But the church was slow to address this issue, and it was over an hour into the reception before all our sweltering guests had water to drink at their tables. This happened despite the fact that we discussed ahead of time with the church that drinks be
We had our wedding at First Congregational Church of Detroit in July 2016. Mainly we worked with Pastor Cindy and two Read more...
We had our wedding at First Congregational Church of Detroit in July 2016. Mainly we worked with Pastor Cindy and two staff members to plan the wedding and the weeks and months before it happened.

Bottom line, we recommend against First Congregational Church of Detroit as a wedding venue.

Please note: this is NOT a review of the church itself. The Underground Railroad Tour is awesome! And the church community was always welcoming and kind to us. This is just a review of the church as a venue/caterer for weddings.

Pros: The building is beautiful, both the sanctuary itself as well as the rooms used for the bridal party and reception. The dining area looked great with napkins decorated in our wedding colors. And, for what the church promises, it’s a good bargain in terms of price.

Unfortunately, the church did not deliver on their promises.

1. We had the misfortune of having our wedding on one of the hottest days of the year. The reception hall itself has air conditioning units, and the church staff assured us that our reception would be safe from the heat. Not so. We had an afternoon reception, and it was a sweltering 85 to 90 degrees. The air conditioning was on, but it was apparently not at all up to the task of cooling a room with 140 people. Our guests were quite uncomfortable with the heat.

2. This created a significant problem when the church caterer did not have any water available for guests at the start of our reception. Our guests graciously listened to our speeches, and even dry toasts by our parents, without any water or wine on our tables. Members of our bridal party specifically asked that pitchers of water be brought out for our guests as the reception got started around 1pm. But the church was slow to address this issue, and it was over an hour into the reception before all our sweltering guests had water to drink at their tables. This happened despite the fact that we discussed ahead of time with the church that drinks be Read less
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