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Congratulations on your engagement! We hope that this information will be helpful to you as you inquire about having your ceremony in the Alice Millar or Jeanne Vail Chapel.

Our complete policy and procedure regarding wedding ceremonies are outlined in these websites and also in our Wedding Information Packet. Please read and familiarize yourself with these documents in their entirety before signing the Wedding Request Form. By signing the Wedding Request Form, you agree to the policies set forth. 

Seating Capacity

The seating capacity of Millar Chapel is approximately 700. Most weddings in Millar have one to two hundred guests, though there is no minimum requirement. Vail Chapel seats approximately 125.

Scheduling

Alice Millar or Vail Chapel are available for weddings:

  • Saturday at 11:00am (Chapel reserved 10:30am-12:30pm)
  • Saturday at 1:00pm (Chapel reserved 12:30pm-2:30pm)
  • Saturday at 3:00pm  (Chapel reserved 2:30pm-4:30pm)
  • Saturday at 5:00pm (Chapel reserved 4:30pm-6:30pm)
  • Sunday at 3:00pm (Chapel reserved 2:30pm-4:30pm)
  • Sunday at 5:00 pm (Chapel reserved 4:30pm-6:30pm)

Each reservation is scheduled for two hours with a 30 minute preparation time and for 90 minutes from the printed start time to accommodate the actual ceremony and picture taking.  (It is advised to schedule a receiving line during your reception.)  

In general the chapels may NOT be scheduled for weddings:

  • First weekend of February
  • Commencement weekend (early-mid June)
  • Labor Day weekend
  • Last weekend of October
  • First weekend of December
  • Any time which the chapel is already reserved for other events

Weddings are expected to begin at the printed start time. Musicians are hired for twenty minutes prior to the ceremony and for one hour after the printed start time. Weddings which start late risk losing their musicians. 

Weekday times may be available depending on the current schedule for each space.

Rooms are available for members of the wedding party to prepare for the ceremony.

The Alice Millar or Jeanne Vail Chapel cannot accept responsibility for any valuables left anywhere at any time in either chapel.

Wedding Rehearsal

A rehearsal is usually scheduled the evening before the ceremony. Rehearsals are limited to only one hour. All members of the wedding party must arrive on time. Musicians do not attend the wedding rehearsal.

Officiating

The University Chaplain and Associate University Chaplain officiate at many ceremonies. They would be happy to speak with you about their availability. You may also invite other clergy to officiate.

Chapel Coordinator

The Chapel Coordinator will be present at the rehearsal and on the day of the wedding to provide for your needs and those of your family and guests.  The coordinator's role is to welcome you as an honored guest in our chapel and to ensure that your ceremony runs smoothly. They oversee and help manage guest officiates, photographers, and florists. Outside coordinators must work with our Chapel Coordinator at the rehearsal and ceremony.  

Fees

A non-refundable deposit of $200 (check made payable to Northwestern University) is due at the time the reservation is made. The remainder is due at least one month before the wedding.  The balance due check is also made payable to Northwestern University. Weddings canceled less than 30 days in advance forfeit the entire fee. 

This fee includes:

  • Chapel usage
  • Chapel Coordinator
  • Primary Musician (organist and/or pianist)
  • Administration and scheduling
  • Building monitor

For some extraordinary dates, it may be necessary to hire a university custodian. In that case, an additional charge of $150 may be added.

Additional donations to Alice Millar Chapel or Northwestern University are always welcome!

Wedding Fee Table

Chapel Fee
Millar-Standard

$2000 

Millar-If either partner is a current student at the time of the wedding:

$1800 

Vail-Standard

$1900 

Vail-If either partner is a current student at the time of the wedding:

$1700 

 Reception (6 hour rental) $1500

Musician Fees 

One of our Alice Millar Chapel staff musicians provides music (organ and/or piano) for each wedding ceremony and their stipend is included in the total wedding fee.  Vocalists and instrumentalists are available for an additional fee (see table below) and should be coordinated through our office. We are happy to work with you on making sure that the music you select is what you desire and within our guidelines. 

Musicians do not attend the wedding rehearsal except through special arrangement (see below).

More information on music planning may be found here.

Music Needs Fee
Instrumentalist or vocalist $225.00
Organist Attending Rehearsal $125.00
Organist: personal meeting with couple $100.00

Clergy Honorarium

It is customary to provide an honorarium to the officiating clergy and is not included in the total wedding fee. The standard honorarium for the clergy of the university chapel is $350.

Accessibility and Parking

Alice Millar Chapel and Jeanne Vail Chapel are ADA accessible. There are two available ADA entrances from the adjacent lot and on Chicago Ave.

Millar parking is available on surrounding streets and in the adjacent parking lot (#223) off of Clark Street. Any parking space listed as Faculty/Staff is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday. Please note, the lot is co-owned with the Levere Memorial Temple. Make sure to park in Northwestern designating parking spaces or your vehicle may be towed.

Please visit the Evanston Campus Parking Map for more information.

Receptions

Receptions can be booked in the Religious & Spiritual Life Social Hall for a rate of $1500. The room is within the same building as the chapels, perfect for winter weddings! A additional $100 deposit is required to book the reception hall.

This includes a 6 hour room reservation and a building coordinator. The reservation includes the use of banquet round tables, rectangular buffet tables and chairs. As well as, basic AV including two wireless microphones and AUX speaker connection. The standard room set with a buffet area and a dance floor seats about 150 guests.

 

Contact Us

For more information or for any questions, contact the Chapel Office at 847-491-7256 or email weddings@northwestern.edu.

You may schedule your wedding using the Wedding Request Form. Reservations are not finalized until the deposit is received.

Please note, the fees and regulations described in this document are subject to change.