The quiet dignity and simplicity of the University Chapel, with its historical connections to the University family and the surrounding community, makes it a perfect setting for a wedding. If you are contemplating having your wedding ceremony here, we hope this information will make your planning experience easier.
This online brochure provides basic information about who is eligible to use the University Chapel, our schedule of wedding times, fees, and important guidelines to assist you in planning your wedding. If you have any questions, the Museums staff will be happy to help you. You may call them at (540) 458-8768 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Weddings are scheduled year-round on Saturdays and Sundays, although we will consider other days. A two and a half hour period is reserved for the wedding date and rehearsals are scheduled in one hour increments on Friday and Saturday evenings prior to the wedding. Some weekends are reserved strictly for University, please call ahead to confirm these weekends.
The Chapel is a charming Romanesque style structure that is deceptively small in its appearance; it has hosted both very large and extremely intimate weddings. It is an elegant space in which to be married. With its arched leaded glass windows, decorative wall sconces and reserved beauty, it requires little decoration. Please view our University Chapel Wedding Video (Chapel Video).
The main floor of the University Chapel auditorium can accommodate about 350 guests comfortably, with a maximum capacity of 400. The balcony is off limits to guests except for major University events (Freshman Orientation, Homecoming, convocations, Alumni Reunion). Access to the balcony is permitted for musicians and photographers.
University activities are a priority and scheduling in the University Chapel is subject to many changes during the year. We will do our best to inform you of any University, Museum or community event that may coincide with your wedding date or place unusual demands upon the Chapel's appearance or accessibility. Though highly unlikely, unusual circumstances may disrupt reservations made months or even a years in advance.
If you would like to reserve the Chapel for your special day, please visit the Reservations and Fees page and we will guide you through the process.