Wedding Chapel Regulations
We recommend that flowers be limited to one or two pieces on or near the Holy Table/Altar. Aisles (both center and side) and the pews of the chapels are not to be decorated with flowers, bows, candles, or any other material. Since we cannot guarantee that the building will be open more than one hour before the wedding, careful arrangements should be made for the delivery of flowers.
Candles on the Holy Table/Altar will be lighted for you one half hour before the ceremony begins. The lighting of a unity candle or wedding candle is permitted and may be placed on the Holy Table/Altar. Wedding candles and candle holders must be provided by you. No other candles or candelabras are permitted. The Holy Table/ Altar candles are not to be removed from the Holy Table/Altar.
If you choose to have an aisle runner, you are responsible for all arrangements concerning it, including attaching it to the floor at the front of the chapel. Arrangements are usually made with the florist. Disposable aisle runners will be picked up by the chapel staff. Arrangements to pick up non-disposable aisle runners will be your responsibility. The length of the aisle in Millar Chapel is 115 feet. In Vail Chapel, the aisle is 45 feet long.
Flower petals may be distributed in the aisle only if there is an aisle runner.
Rice & Birdseed
The use of rice or birdseed is prohibited in the chapels or on the grounds. An alternative to the traditional tossing of grains or seeds could be blowing bubbles or ringing small bells. Please inform us of plans in advance.
Photography is permitted during wedding ceremonies only if it is done quietly and unobtrusively. The use of flash during the wedding is prohibited. Flash may be used during the processional and recessional. Professional photographers should remain behind the congregation. The bride and groom are responsible for informing wedding photographers of chapel regulations.
Videotaping of wedding ceremonies may only be done with the permission of the officiating clergy. Video cameras must be placed in a fixed location behind the congregation. No additional lighting may be used.
We have extensive musical services and resources available. An organist from our staff must be engaged and present for all wedding ceremonies held in our chapels. Please visit our musical services page to learn more.