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The historic 1809 Unitarian Meeting House is the perfect location for Nantucket weddings of all sizes. The building’s gold dome, one of the island’s most recognizable landmarks, beckons wedding parties as they arrive by ferry or plane, setting the stage for a special occasion always to be remembered.
The sanctuary’s rose-hued upholstered pews seat up to 300 for a wedding ceremony. Overhead, the central interior dome, painted in trompe l’oeil during the 1840s by Swiss artist Wendte, is accented by an elegant chandelier. The interior was restored in 2011 by EverGreene Painting Studios of New York. On either side of the historic space, sunlight streams through tall windows that retain most of the 19th century original glass. Another special feature is the 1831 Goodrich organ, a historic treasure in perfect working order. Its beautiful tone is enriched by the sanctuary’s stunning acoustics.
The principles of Unitarian Universalism are welcoming to people of all faith backgrounds. Shared values are a roof that shelters a wide variety of religious traditions. We welcome interfaith ceremonies and are particularly pleased to host ceremonies held by Nantucket’s Congregation Shirat Ha’Yam, which holds Shabbat services in the Meeting House during summer months.
Since 1985 our ministers have gladly performed “services of union” for same-sex couples. When Massachusetts became the first state in America to recognize civil marriage as a civil right on May 17, 2004, our minister emeritus, the Reverend Ted Anderson, joyfully began uniting same-sex couples in legal marriage.
We look forward to making your special occasion a memorable one.
To talk with Rev. Linda Simmons about your wedding in the historic sanctuary or in our smaller Hendrix Hall, please call (508) 228-5466 or email email@example.com
FROM ZACH AND ASHLEY, WHO WERE RECENTLY MARRIED BY REV. SIMMONS:
“Linda Simmons is an accommodating, kind-hearted, and professional person and we loved having her officiate our wedding. Our ceremony was challenging in that it combined practices of two faiths, but Linda was able to understand what we wanted, respect the spirit of our ceremony and even learn and recite a few non-English words. On short notice (due to circumstances beyond our control) Linda made time to meet with us to discuss our ceremony, ask us deep questions about our relationship and synthesize our answers into a beautifully written affirmation of marriage. Perhaps most importantly, her calming spirit put us at ease when we were most anxious about wedding preparations, and many of our guests at the rehearsal dinner mentioned how confident and relaxed they felt because of Linda’s leadership and kindness. We feel so lucky that Linda was able to officiate our wedding, and cannot thank her enough for the wonderful job she did.”