CHANNING MEMORIAL CHURCH offers a beautiful setting for your wedding. The Victorian Sanctuary, built in 1880, has ornately carved woodwork and is decorated with beautiful stained glass windows. Channing welcomes couples of all faiths & religious backgrounds. Below is information we believe will be helpful in planning your special day.

Contact Information

Please contact our Wedding Coordinator at 401-846-0643 or

General Information

  • Channing Memorial Church is Unitarian Universalist. It was built in 1880 to honor William Ellery Channing, the founder of Unitarianism in America.
  • We welcome all couples of all religious backgrounds.
  • The center aisle length is 72 feet; it is approximately 58 inches wide (pew end to pew end).
  • There are 22 rows of pews on each side; seating capacity is approximately 400 persons.
  • The church  does not have air conditioning.
  • Restrooms are located in the Parish Hall, directly behind the church.


  • $2100 Payable to Channing Memorial Church ($200 deposit with signed contract to secure your wedding date/time; $1900 due 3 months prior to ceremony.) This fee includes the use of the Church, Wedding Coordinator Services (Our Wedding Coordinator, Michele Dubuc, will be here to assist you with the rehearsal and the processional) and Sexton Services.

**Please note, this does not include musician, parking, or officiant fees. 

Music: Jan Navarro is our Director of Music. Please contact Jan with questions regarding your ceremony music by email at

Officiant/Minister: Couples are responsible for hiring an officiant or minister to perform their ceremony. Non-Unitarian Universalist ministers or non-ordained individuals who are legally permitted to perform a wedding in Rhode Island, of the couple’s choosing, are welcome.  Channing Memorial Church’s minister, Rev William Zelazny, is often available, and can be reached at

First seven photos in gallery by Yaritza Colon; others, by Susan VanDerhoof.