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Weddings

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.

A. Download Our Wedding Policy

Download our Wedding Policy (PDF). This policy contains the wedding rules and regulations that must be agreed upon to reserve the Alice Millar or Jeanne Vail Chapel.

B. Review Ceremony Pricing Tiers

chapel pricing tiers
Chapel Standard Alumni Current Student, Staff, or Faculty
Alice Millar Chapel $2300 $2000 $1800
Jeanne Vail Chapel $1700 $1400 $1200

Affiliation documentation is required for the discounted rate available to alumni and current students, staff, or faculty. One person of the couple getting married or one of their parents must be able to provide affiliation documentation to qualify for Alumni Tier or Current Student, Staff, & Faculty Tier pricing for the wedding balance.

 Accepted affiliation documentation is a Northwestern email address, copy of a Northwestern diploma, or status confirmation from the Office of Alumni Relations and Development.

C. Schedule a Tour

We offer tours Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-5pm. Please contact weddings@northwestern.edu to schedule. Self-guided tours are welcome during building hours Mon.-Sat. 9am-10pm.

A. Select a Date

Check our Wedding Calendar for available dates or contact our Chapel Wedding Coordinator at  weddings@northwestern.edu. We can book ceremonies up to a year in advance.

Alice Millar or Vail Chapel are Generally 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)

       *Weekdays and Holidays may be reserved for an additional cost at the discretion of the Events Planning Manager.

B. Complete the Wedding Request Form

Once you have checked that your desired date is available, please complete and submit our Wedding Request Form

C. Place Your Deposit

The wedding deposit is a non-refundable $300 which will be applied to your wedding balance. It may be made by check (written to Northwestern University at 1870 Sheridan Road Evanston, IL 60208) or by credit card online at https://nuweddings.securepayments.cardpointe.com/pay.  

 

Requested ceremony dates and times will not be reserved until both have been completed.

A. Select your Officiant

Couples are strongly encouraged to bring their own officiant. Our university chaplains officiate weddings based on their availability. If you are interested in having a university chaplain officiate your wedding please contact Jacquelina Marquez, Jason Mohn or Tahera Ahmad at least 6 months prior to your ceremony. 

B. Pay your Balance

Your final balance is due at least 6 months before your ceremony date. Any cancellations 3 months before the ceremony will result in the forfeit of the entire wedding fee.

C. Purchase Special Event Insurance

Should any wedding party have difficulty obtaining the required insurance, Northwestern University’s Risk Management department has arranged an access program that meets minimum levels of coverage at an affordable price. Connect with the Chapel Wedding Coordinator for additional information. Evidence of insurance must be received by the Wedding Coordinator by the date the wedding balance is paid.

D. Book your Rehearsal

Rehearsals are scheduled by our Chapel Wedding Coordinator based upon your Day-Of Details. Most rehearsals take place the evening before the ceremony between 3pm-7pm. Rehearsals are limited to 60 minutes and will be staffed by our Chapel Wedding Coordinator. Musicians are not present at rehearsals. Late rehearsals will incur a late fee at $5/minute.

E. Book your External Vendors

The Chapel Wedding Coordinator will work with any florists/photographers and outside coordinators for your ceremony. The wedding couple is responsible for sharing the Wedding Policy with their vendors.  Please note that any decorating must be completed during your reservation time. .

F.  Select your Music

The Chapel Music Coordinator will be in contact with you 3 to 4 months prior to your ceremony. Approved music selections are available for review on our Wedding Music Sample Page.

A. Start on Time

Rehearsals are limited to one hour the day before the ceremony.  All members of the wedding party and the officiate must arrive on time. Our Wedding Coordinator will be present during your rehearsal. Any musicians are not required to attend.

B. Practice 

The Chapel Coordinator will run the rehearsal. The rehearsal will begin with the Coordinator staging the bridal party and officiate in their places for the ceremony. Next, the officiate will practice their speech. The coordinator will then help the party exit. Lastly, the coordinator will line up the bridal party to practice their entrance.

C. Officiant Honorarium

Please remember to give your Officiant his/her honorarium at the rehearsal.  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.

 

Our Chapel Coordinator will be there every step of the way to create a beautiful ceremony! 

A. Pre-Ceremony

30 minutes before the scheduled start time you and your guests may arrive at the Chapel. We ask for any decorating to be completed during this time. The building will not be open until the reserved time. The Chapel Coordinator will begin to line up the bridal party 10 minutes prior to the start time. You are responsible to account for traffic conditions before your arrival. Please be on time!

B. Ceremony

Weddings are expected to begin at the printed start time. Weddings which start late risk losing their musicians, a shortened photography time and a $300 late charge. When ready, the Chapel Coordinator will signal the musicians and send the bridal party down the aisle.

C. Post-Ceremony

After your ceremony is finished you will have ~30 minutes in the Chapel for photographs. If you go over the designated time you will be subject to a $300 late fee.

D. Receptions

Receptions can be booked in our Reception Hall (PKS 122), a short indoor walk from the chapel. Please see the Wedding Policy for more information.

 

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