The Old Church has been a Portland landmark since its completion in 1883. On the National Register of Historic Places since 1972, it no longer is a dedicated church, but serves Portland as a unique community facility. It’s no wonder weddings and commitment ceremonies are the most frequently booked events at this site.
The Old Church no longer serves congregational needs. It operates as an independent historical society and maintains no religious affiliation. This enables each couple to select the officiator of their choice, whether it’s a pastor from your home church or a family friend. Our event coordinators are happy to assist you in finding an officiator from our list of nondenominational ministers if needed.
This Carpenter Gothic structure features classic cathedral ceilings with the original Povey Brothers leaded stained-glass windows. The hand-carved oak and fir pews seat 300 guests and are divided by a 30-foot center aisle that forms a semicircle around the ample altar area. A wheelchair ramp entrance, designed to blend seamlessly with the church’s architecture, makes the auditorium accessible for all your guests. The beautiful tones of our antique Hook and Hastings tracker organ adds a warmth and elegance to a Click on image for larger picture broad range of ceremony styles.
A dressing room with ample mirrors and a beautiful adjoining Victorian parlor, furnished in period antiques, provides a relaxing and gracious setting for you and your party. A second dressing room, located in the basement, provides extra space for preparations.
Ceremony rentals include:
* Grand Piano
* Two 9-candle Candelabras (candles not included)
* Lighters for candelabra (two)
* Two dressing areas
* Altar table suitable for unity candle
* Guest book table
* Gift table
* Kneeling Bench
All rental fees include a caring and experienced Coordinator who will provide guidance at your rehearsal as well as the day of your ceremony. Always on-site, she or he works with you to ensure the success of your special day.
Kinsman Hall, adjacent to the church proper, serves as an ideal backdrop for elegant receptions. This Victorian-style ballroom with its brass chandelier, hardwood floors, 25 foot ceilings, stained-glass windows, grand piano and antique furniture, accommodates 150 guests for a standing buffet or 80 seated at tables. We provide the setup and removal of tables and chairs. You may choose the caterer and musicians of your choice. Click on the photo below to see a large photo of Kinsman hall, or click here to view a diagram of Kinsman Hall, including some possible table arrangements.
Reception rentals include:
* Grand piano
* Kitchen facilities
* 85 folding chairs
* 11 X 6 foot banquet tables
* 9 X 48″ round tables
* Two 100-cup and two 30-cup stainless steel coffee makers
* Bar sink in Kinsman Hall
Ceremony and reception rental fees:
Ceremony (6pm-9pm) $800
Ceremony & reception (6pm-11pm) $1250
Morning ceremony (8am-11am) $600
Afternoon ceremony (11:30am-3pm) $850
Evening ceremony (3:30pm-7pm) $1250
Evening ceremony & reception (3:30pm – 9pm) $1800
Sundays starting at 1:30
Ceremony (any 3½ hour period) $800
Ceremony & reception (any 5½ hour period) $1250
Weekdays (Monday through Thursday)
Ceremony (any 3½ hours) $600
Ceremony & reception (any 5½ hours) $1000
All of the rentals listed above include, in addition to the hours listed, a free hour for a rehearsal. Rehearsals are typically scheduled a day or two before the ceremony.
Parlour Ceremony: $150 per hour. A ceremony held in the Lannie Hurst parlour, rather than in the chapel. Minimum 2 hours; maximum 40 guests. No reception, no rehearsal. Extra $100 fee if cake and champagne is served. Parlour weddings typically unavailable Saturdays.
Reception only (4 hours minimum, including set up & cleanup) $1000
Prices on holidays and holiday weekends may be higher than listed here. Contact The Old Church office to confirm prices for a specific date.
Additional time for ceremonies and receptions, when available, may be rented for $150 per hour.
Special offers and discounts listed on this site apply to new rentals only.
We are available for consultation and viewing Monday through Friday 11a.m. to 3p.m. (office hours), and weekends by appointment. Please feel free to contact us with questions or to make an appointment.
We can place a hold for up to 2 weeks on the available date of your choice. To confirm your date, a deposit of half is due at time of contracting. The remaining balance will be due one month prior to your event.
We accept cash, checks, credit cards and payment through paypal.