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First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

Los Angeles , CA

LOCATION

540 S. Commonwealth Ave.
Los Angeles, CA US 90020 (map)

PHONE

213-355-5240

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

First Congregational Church is the perfect place for an elegant Los Angeles wedding.
Two ceremony venues to choose from: A sweeping majesty of our neo-Gothic Sanctuary (fits up to... Read more
First Congregational Church is the perfect place for an elegant Los Angeles wedding.
Two ceremony venues to choose from: A sweeping majesty of our neo-Gothic Sanctuary (fits up to 1000 guests) or the gorgeous intimacy of Shatto Chapel (fits up to 175 guests) Home of the world’s largest church pipe organ (over 23,000 pipes!) Varied reception areas, including outdoor courtyards, banquet halls and historical parlors Open clergy and musician policies as well as an available staff of world-class musicians and accessible, engaging ministers Attentive and exemplary service from our dedicated wedding staff, including a wedding coordinator, pastor, security, facilities staff, and free parking.
For more information or to book a venue tour, please contact 213.355.5240 or email weddings@fccla.org.

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Renee
Wedding:
7/12/2014
4.2/5.0
Beautiful church, and Rev. Ryan was very helpful, easy to work with, and very accommodating with our requests for ceremony additions (i.e. handfasting) that he hadn't performed before. Ryan made us feel at ease during the ceremony, and we felt very comfortable with him. We also hired one of the church's vocalists to accompany several of our songs, and she was excellent. The audio technician even video- and sound-recorded our ceremony for us using our video camera.
Some of the other staff were not as easy to work with, and we did receive some resistance about ceremony choices that were minor and a matter of personal preferences. Also, one male staff walked into the bridal suite when we were getting ready and were only half-dressed, which we weren't too happy about. However, our coordinator was very organized and made sure everything went smoothly on our wedding day.
Overall, we are very happy that we had our ceremony here - the architecture is exquisite and our guests were talking about how beautiful the venue is throughout the rest of the night.
Beautiful church, and Rev. Ryan was very helpful, easy to work with, and very accommodating with our requests for ceremony Read more...
Beautiful church, and Rev. Ryan was very helpful, easy to work with, and very accommodating with our requests for ceremony additions (i.e. handfasting) that he hadn't performed before. Ryan made us feel at ease during the ceremony, and we felt very comfortable with him. We also hired one of the church's vocalists to accompany several of our songs, and she was excellent. The audio technician even video- and sound-recorded our ceremony for us using our video camera.
Some of the other staff were not as easy to work with, and we did receive some resistance about ceremony choices that were minor and a matter of personal preferences. Also, one male staff walked into the bridal suite when we were getting ready and were only half-dressed, which we weren't too happy about. However, our coordinator was very organized and made sure everything went smoothly on our wedding day.
Overall, we are very happy that we had our ceremony here - the architecture is exquisite and our guests were talking about how beautiful the venue is throughout the rest of the night. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.4/5.0
Fantastic venue and great service and professionalism by the church staff.

The cost for reserving the main sanctuary is $2500 and for reserving the church basement for the reception is $2300. You should also consider the outdoor forecourt for cocktail hour ($400 for 4 hour use; $150 for security guard for 4 hrs; $300 for sound system). Also, to make the church basement look pretty, you should consider draping, which will be another $2500.

Both Joanne and Larry are great staff for the church, helpful and responsive.
Fantastic venue and great service and professionalism by the church staff.

The cost for reserving the main Read more...
Fantastic venue and great service and professionalism by the church staff.

The cost for reserving the main sanctuary is $2500 and for reserving the church basement for the reception is $2300. You should also consider the outdoor forecourt for cocktail hour ($400 for 4 hour use; $150 for security guard for 4 hrs; $300 for sound system). Also, to make the church basement look pretty, you should consider draping, which will be another $2500.

Both Joanne and Larry are great staff for the church, helpful and responsive. Read less
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XINXIN
Wedding:
2/1/2014
4.8/5.0
Great great church for the wedding! It is definitely a life time memory for us. All our friends comment the wedding as very beautiful and touching.
Great great church for the wedding! It is definitely a life time memory for us. All our friends comment the wedding as Read more...
Great great church for the wedding! It is definitely a life time memory for us. All our friends comment the wedding as very beautiful and touching. Read less
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Don
Wedding:
12/14/2013
4.9/5.0
We held our wedding at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles and everything was spectacular. The staff, organist and choir director were very helpful and provided us a ceremony we will never forget. They are the best!! The reception rooms are spectacular as well and provide the look and feel for the perfect wedding. If you are looking for a church and reception location, look no more. This church has it all and will ensure you have the wedding you dream of!
We held our wedding at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles and everything was spectacular. The staff, organist and Read more...
We held our wedding at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles and everything was spectacular. The staff, organist and choir director were very helpful and provided us a ceremony we will never forget. They are the best!! The reception rooms are spectacular as well and provide the look and feel for the perfect wedding. If you are looking for a church and reception location, look no more. This church has it all and will ensure you have the wedding you dream of! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Larry was the best Wedding Event On-Site Coordinator the church could have assigned to us. He was truly a God-send!

He provided his creative ideas and suggestions, which made our wedding the most professionally and smoothest run event ever.

His willingness and insight added creativity and beauty to the ceremony and his intuitiveness helped us in our last-minute emergency when we were missing important elements for a special part of our ceremony called "Love Is." Our host pastor could not cease in expressing her gratitude for how helpful he was to her.

We have also received numerous compliments from our guests on how beautiful the church was, but most importantly how professional Larry was with the handling of our event beginning with the wedding rehearsal as well as the day of logistics.

We are eternally grateful to FCCLA and Larry
Larry was the best Wedding Event On-Site Coordinator the church could have assigned to us. He was truly a God-send!
Read more...
Larry was the best Wedding Event On-Site Coordinator the church could have assigned to us. He was truly a God-send!

He provided his creative ideas and suggestions, which made our wedding the most professionally and smoothest run event ever.

His willingness and insight added creativity and beauty to the ceremony and his intuitiveness helped us in our last-minute emergency when we were missing important elements for a special part of our ceremony called "Love Is." Our host pastor could not cease in expressing her gratitude for how helpful he was to her.

We have also received numerous compliments from our guests on how beautiful the church was, but most importantly how professional Larry was with the handling of our event beginning with the wedding rehearsal as well as the day of logistics.

We are eternally grateful to FCCLA and Larry Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The church is gorgeous! It's just jaw dropping.
The staff was so easy to work with. They are not one of those churches that makes you jump through hoops. They are the type that are used to doing weddings so they are pros.
The church is gorgeous! It's just jaw dropping.
The staff was so easy to work with. They are not one of those Read more...
The church is gorgeous! It's just jaw dropping.
The staff was so easy to work with. They are not one of those churches that makes you jump through hoops. They are the type that are used to doing weddings so they are pros. Read less
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Robin
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
FCCLA is such a beautiful church. It's absolutely breath-taking! The church was so pretty that I didn't add anything to it. No flowers, no candles, absolutely nothing. I got so many compliments about the church and how beautiful it was. I loved it because I didn't have to do anything (which is a bride's dream!) Besides the aesthetics of the church, the church has a great responsive staff. Right when you book it to the day you walk down the aisle, you know that your ceremony is all set. On the day of the wedding rehearsal, we got in and out in 30 minutes! The staff and Larry had everything under control and literally answered every question before it was asked. Thank you FCCLA for making my special day memorable :)
FCCLA is such a beautiful church. It's absolutely breath-taking! The church was so pretty that I didn't add anything to Read more...
FCCLA is such a beautiful church. It's absolutely breath-taking! The church was so pretty that I didn't add anything to it. No flowers, no candles, absolutely nothing. I got so many compliments about the church and how beautiful it was. I loved it because I didn't have to do anything (which is a bride's dream!) Besides the aesthetics of the church, the church has a great responsive staff. Right when you book it to the day you walk down the aisle, you know that your ceremony is all set. On the day of the wedding rehearsal, we got in and out in 30 minutes! The staff and Larry had everything under control and literally answered every question before it was asked. Thank you FCCLA for making my special day memorable :) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
1.0/5.0
We held both our ceremony and reception at FCCLA and wish we hadn't.

1. Johanna never picks up the phone and is often late to respond to calls/emails.
2. I always (and by always I mean 5 out of 5 times I visited) had to wait for her (one time upwards of 20 minutes). I am just as busy as you are and it is just rude to keep your clients waiting.
3. The REAL reason why I would never recommend having your wedding here is because of the part-time coordinator, Larry. I have never worked with someone, especially in the wedding business, who is so down-right rude!

Larry made many rude comments to me and other people involved in the wedding throughout the process and even on the day of. At first I thought this was all in my head and I was being overly sensitive, but my bridal party started mentioning how rude he was! The lighting guy was also very mean (I never caught his name) and seemed hesitant and unwilling to make the sanctuary lighting how I wanted it. He scoffed and made comments out loud so I could hear and it was just a very poor way to treat someone right before the wedding ceremony. Just a lot of unneccessary and added stress because of the negativity of some of their staff members.

The church is beautiful, yes. But for the steep price, all the damn "rules" of the place, and down-right rude staff members, I would NOT recommend this place. Brides, beware! And if/when Johanna tells you that Larry will be there on the day-of, do everything you can to stop that from happening!
We held both our ceremony and reception at FCCLA and wish we hadn't.

1. Johanna never picks up the phone and is Read more...
We held both our ceremony and reception at FCCLA and wish we hadn't.

1. Johanna never picks up the phone and is often late to respond to calls/emails.
2. I always (and by always I mean 5 out of 5 times I visited) had to wait for her (one time upwards of 20 minutes). I am just as busy as you are and it is just rude to keep your clients waiting.
3. The REAL reason why I would never recommend having your wedding here is because of the part-time coordinator, Larry. I have never worked with someone, especially in the wedding business, who is so down-right rude!

Larry made many rude comments to me and other people involved in the wedding throughout the process and even on the day of. At first I thought this was all in my head and I was being overly sensitive, but my bridal party started mentioning how rude he was! The lighting guy was also very mean (I never caught his name) and seemed hesitant and unwilling to make the sanctuary lighting how I wanted it. He scoffed and made comments out loud so I could hear and it was just a very poor way to treat someone right before the wedding ceremony. Just a lot of unneccessary and added stress because of the negativity of some of their staff members.

The church is beautiful, yes. But for the steep price, all the damn "rules" of the place, and down-right rude staff members, I would NOT recommend this place. Brides, beware! And if/when Johanna tells you that Larry will be there on the day-of, do everything you can to stop that from happening! Read less
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Audrey
Wedding:
4/21/2013
5.0/5.0
This church is so incredibly beautiful and dramatic. There are so many great places for pictures, our photographer was in heaven. Larry was the coordinator on our wedding day, and this guy really knows what he's doing.
This church is so incredibly beautiful and dramatic. There are so many great places for pictures, our photographer was in Read more...
This church is so incredibly beautiful and dramatic. There are so many great places for pictures, our photographer was in heaven. Larry was the coordinator on our wedding day, and this guy really knows what he's doing. Read less
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Chris
Wedding:
12/29/2012
5.0/5.0
FCCLA's church is breathtaking and their wedding coordinators are a god send! Both Joanna and Larry at FCCLA made our wedding planning super easy. The day of the rehearsal was a breeze with Larry at the helm. Using our own pastor was not a problem and their head pastor was easy to work with as well. Would highly recommend this church if you are looking for one amazing wedding!
FCCLA's church is breathtaking and their wedding coordinators are a god send! Both Joanna and Larry at FCCLA made our Read more...
FCCLA's church is breathtaking and their wedding coordinators are a god send! Both Joanna and Larry at FCCLA made our wedding planning super easy. The day of the rehearsal was a breeze with Larry at the helm. Using our own pastor was not a problem and their head pastor was easy to work with as well. Would highly recommend this church if you are looking for one amazing wedding! Read less
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Kimberlee
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
We live out of state and so choosing a ceremony location was difficult. We then stumbled upon FCCLA after looking online. Choosing FCCLA for our ceremony was the best decision we made regarding our wedding. We had our wedding weeks ago and guests are still raving about the church/ceremony and how beautiful it was. Our first initial visit to the church took our breath away. It's architecture/style is stunning.

Rev. Ryan & Joanna were amazing to work with and guided us through everything. They were professional and organized and our wedding day went off without a hitch. Rev. Ryan made us feel comfortable and welcome and made our special day memorable.

We highly recommend FCCLA. This is a church that will give you beautiful memories for a lifetime!
We live out of state and so choosing a ceremony location was difficult. We then stumbled upon FCCLA after looking online. Read more...
We live out of state and so choosing a ceremony location was difficult. We then stumbled upon FCCLA after looking online. Choosing FCCLA for our ceremony was the best decision we made regarding our wedding. We had our wedding weeks ago and guests are still raving about the church/ceremony and how beautiful it was. Our first initial visit to the church took our breath away. It's architecture/style is stunning.

Rev. Ryan & Joanna were amazing to work with and guided us through everything. They were professional and organized and our wedding day went off without a hitch. Rev. Ryan made us feel comfortable and welcome and made our special day memorable.

We highly recommend FCCLA. This is a church that will give you beautiful memories for a lifetime! Read less
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Aeran03
Wedding:
5/12/2012
5.0/5.0
Joanna and the whole staff were very professional, patient, and understanding!!
Our wedding went well primarily thanks to all of them
Joanna and the whole staff were very professional, patient, and understanding!!
Our wedding went well primarily thanks Read more...
Joanna and the whole staff were very professional, patient, and understanding!!
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Sun
Wedding:
3/10/2012
4.4/5.0
The quality of the church is really what you pay for. The value of the photos are remarkable and everyone who attended our wedding was blown away by the incredible sanctuary. Joanna is a very helpful coordinator that keeps you updated with all the ongoing decision-making that you need to do and she is much more flexible than your traditional church coordinators.
The quality of the church is really what you pay for. The value of the photos are remarkable and everyone who attended our Read more...
The quality of the church is really what you pay for. The value of the photos are remarkable and everyone who attended our wedding was blown away by the incredible sanctuary. Joanna is a very helpful coordinator that keeps you updated with all the ongoing decision-making that you need to do and she is much more flexible than your traditional church coordinators. Read less
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GonzNyZilla
Wedding:
12/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Most Beautiful Church !! Rev. Ryan Steitz is wonderful. I have never heard so many compliments about how beautiful a church was until I got married here. Great service. Joanna Chong is the wedding coordinator there, we loved her so we used her as our own wedding planner. I would reccommend this church to anyone!!
Most Beautiful Church !! Rev. Ryan Steitz is wonderful. I have never heard so many compliments about how beautiful a Read more...
Most Beautiful Church !! Rev. Ryan Steitz is wonderful. I have never heard so many compliments about how beautiful a church was until I got married here. Great service. Joanna Chong is the wedding coordinator there, we loved her so we used her as our own wedding planner. I would reccommend this church to anyone!! Read less
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Shingo
Wedding:
11/19/2011
4.8/5.0
very good. The place is gorgeous. The service is excellent. We like it very much.
very good. The place is gorgeous. The service is excellent. We like it very much.
very good. The place is gorgeous. The service is excellent. We like it very much. Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
5/29/2010
4.8/5.0
We had our wedding ceremony at this wonderful and historic church Memorial Day weekend May 29, 2010. I've always wanted to get married here as I have a history with this church. I(the bride) graduated from Pilgrim School (the school affiliated with the church). As an alumni , they gave us a discount. I've always loved the beauty of this church. The architecture, the arches, the gardens and of course the organ is phenominal ! It has the largest church organ in the world and I've always loved the sound of it. The center aisle is 150ft long. We had around 375-380 guests and the church seats well over 1000.

The church coordinator Nancy Huddleston is great. She's very knowledgeable and thorough. She answered all my emails and questions promptly. She helped a lot with the selection of music for the ceremony and lots of other things. They even gave us an audio cd of our wedding ceremony.

A few other things... This church is very strict on the music it allows to be sung or played. Also, this church is pretty dark inside so you need a knowledgeable photographer to deal with the lighting or else your pictures will turn out pretty dark (no flash photography is allowed during the ceremony). My photographer was excellent and my pictures were awesome !
We had our wedding ceremony at this wonderful and historic church Memorial Day weekend May 29, 2010. I've always wanted to Read more...
We had our wedding ceremony at this wonderful and historic church Memorial Day weekend May 29, 2010. I've always wanted to get married here as I have a history with this church. I(the bride) graduated from Pilgrim School (the school affiliated with the church). As an alumni , they gave us a discount. I've always loved the beauty of this church. The architecture, the arches, the gardens and of course the organ is phenominal ! It has the largest church organ in the world and I've always loved the sound of it. The center aisle is 150ft long. We had around 375-380 guests and the church seats well over 1000.

The church coordinator Nancy Huddleston is great. She's very knowledgeable and thorough. She answered all my emails and questions promptly. She helped a lot with the selection of music for the ceremony and lots of other things. They even gave us an audio cd of our wedding ceremony.

A few other things... This church is very strict on the music it allows to be sung or played. Also, this church is pretty dark inside so you need a knowledgeable photographer to deal with the lighting or else your pictures will turn out pretty dark (no flash photography is allowed during the ceremony). My photographer was excellent and my pictures were awesome ! Read less
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Janna
Wedding:
7/19/2008
5.0/5.0
This was the most gorgeous church. Please see the pictures I've uploaded. Nancy, the onsite coordinator, was great to work with and created a smooth and seamless process for us. We were very happy with this choice and we thought it was very good value as well. It is a giant church and I would recommend it if you wanted to go for the dramatic. We didn't come close to filling it, but we chose it because so much of our ceremony revolved around music and it's a great venue for live music.
This was the most gorgeous church. Please see the pictures I've uploaded. Nancy, the onsite coordinator, was great to work Read more...
This was the most gorgeous church. Please see the pictures I've uploaded. Nancy, the onsite coordinator, was great to work with and created a smooth and seamless process for us. We were very happy with this choice and we thought it was very good value as well. It is a giant church and I would recommend it if you wanted to go for the dramatic. We didn't come close to filling it, but we chose it because so much of our ceremony revolved around music and it's a great venue for live music. Read less
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jeniffer
Wedding:
9/24/2005
4.5/5.0
Beautiful, ornate church suitable for a larger (350 + guests) wedding. The church is able to house a reception indoors for no more than 250-300 guests but has additional space for outdoor receptions. Most likely, you will need to rent chairs unless you are comfortable with blue chairs. Holding a ceremony at this location is costly.
Beautiful, ornate church suitable for a larger (350 + guests) wedding. The church is able to house a reception indoors for Read more...
Beautiful, ornate church suitable for a larger (350 + guests) wedding. The church is able to house a reception indoors for no more than 250-300 guests but has additional space for outdoor receptions. Most likely, you will need to rent chairs unless you are comfortable with blue chairs. Holding a ceremony at this location is costly. Read less
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