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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.

Step 1: Information

A. Download our Wedding Information Packet. This packet contains the wedding rules and regulations that must be agreed upon to reserve the Alice Millar or Jeanne Vail Chapel. Tours of the Chapels are available upon request!

Step 2: Reservation

 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 Wedding Coordinator.

B. Put in a Wedding Request: Once you have checked that your desired date is available please complete and submit our Wedding Request Form.

C.  Put Down your Deposit: In order for your reservation to be confirmed, you will need to submit a non-refundable $200 deposit in person or by mail to 1870 Sheridan Rd. Evanston, IL 60208

Step 3: Planning

 A. Select your Officiant: If you would like to use one of our University Chaplains to officiate your ceremony please contact Jacquelina Marquez or Timothy Stevens at least 6 months prior to your ceremony. If not, you are welcome to bring your own Officiant.

B. Book your Rehearsal: You will be contacted by the Chapel Wedding Coordinator between 4 and 6 months before your ceremony to book your rehearsal. A rehearsal is usually scheduled the evening before the ceremony. 

C. Book your Vendors: The Chapel Wedding Coordinator will work with any florists/photographers and outside coordinators for your ceremony. Please review the information packet for restrictions on vendors.

D. Select your Music: The Chapel Music Coordinator will be in contact with you 4 to 6 months prior to your ceremony. Approved music selections are available for review on our Wedding Music Page.

E. 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.

F. Review the Wedding Information: Review the information packet again and make sure to review our directions and parking information page

Step 4: Rehearsal

A. Start on Time: Rehearsals are limited to only 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 Wedding 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.

Step 5: The Big Day!

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

A. Pre-Ceremony: 30 miniutes 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 Wedding Coordinator will be present at this time. Musicians will arrive up to twenty minutes prior to the ceremony. Your guests may also begin arriving 30 minutes before the scheduled start time. The Chapel Wedding Coordinator will line you up 10 minutes prior to the start time.

B. Ceremony: Weddings are expected to begin at the printed start time. Weddings which start late risk losing their musicians. When ready, the Wedding Coordinator will send the 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 late fee.

D. Receptions: We offer a reception space in the Religious & Spiritual Life Social Hall. The room is a short indoor walk from Alice Millar Chapel. We suggest using Northwestern Catering for food service.

  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

 

Contact Us

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

Visit us at 1870 Sheridan Rd. Evanston, IL 60208

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