Chapel Use Policies
Weddings may be performed by clergy who are ordained and in good standing within his
or her denomination. Visiting clergy must provide their own vestments and any other
liturgically related items (i.e., chalice and paten for communion). Be sure to contact
your clergyperson soon, as there are meetings which most clergy require beginning
months before your wedding. The University Chaplain does not preside at weddings for
couples unaffiliated with the University, but can preside at weddings for affiliated
couples, if their schedule allows.
The couple must meet all the requirements of the State of Illinois and supply the
officiant with the Marriage License. It is the officiant's responsibility to make
sure that all appropriate information is completed and sent to the County Clerk's
University events have priority over the scheduling of ceremonies and rehearsals;
however, once confirmed, a wedding will not be "bumped" because of a university event.
Given our academic calendar, there will be blackout dates each year for Orientation,
Homecoming, and Commencement.
No more than three ceremonies will be scheduled on any given weekend at Evelyn Chapel,
and not more than two in one day. Each couple is only allowed three hours of chapel
space to complete their ceremony, pictures, and whatever else is needed. The given
three hours that will be reserved for each ceremony may be scheduled for one of the
following blocks of time. If our calendar allows, additional time may be booked at
a prorated fee. Additional time must be booked in advance to avoid conflicts with
other scheduled events; use of the Chapel outside of scheduled times will result in
10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
2:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.
Sundays and weekdays:
by request, as schedule allows
Chapel staff finds that starting a ceremony no later than one and half hours into
the time slot provides adequate time for guest dismissal, final pictures, and clean
up prior to the end of the scheduled three hours.
One hour will be reserved for the rehearsal. Rehearsals take place between the hours
of 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Officiants should be present at the rehearsal. The provided
IWU Ceremony Coordinator will be present at the rehearsal to help facilitate and answer
any questions that arise.
Most couples provide their own ordained minister as officiant for ceremonies, and
pay that person directly. The University Chaplain is available, when her schedule
allows, to preside at weddings for IWU-affiliated couples. This fee is $250 and includes
pre-marital counseling, planning, rehearsal, and service, and is due two weeks before
the wedding. This fee is paid directly to the University Chaplain.
In the event that you cancel your wedding reservation for any reason, you will be
refunded your Chapel fee, minus a $200 cancellation fee, up to six weeks before the
Confirmations and Changes
Once the application has been processed and approved, you will be emailed a letter
of confirmation. Should there be any changes in the information you have provided,
please notify the Conference Services Office. Once your wedding is scheduled and confirmed,
changes will be considered, but cannot be guaranteed.
The location of the pews may not be changed. The set up of the Chancel (i.e., altar
area) may be changed, with exceptions. Unless requested otherwise, the Chancel contains
the altar, lectern, and piano. The space is relatively small so we ask all parties
to plan accordingly.
Adhesive tape and tacks may not be used to hang pew markers or ribbons. Please inform
your florist. No markings of any kind are allowed on the Chancel area. Items suspended
in any way from the balcony must be approved in advance. Please reach out to us at
email@example.com if you have any questions regarding decorations!
- The Chapel seats approximately 215 people.
- The Chapel includes 14 rows of pews and chairs in the balcony.
- The length of the aisle is approximately 45 feet by 3.5 feet.
- The Chapel can provide kneelers.
- Two small and two large flower stands are available.
- There is a room downstairs in which the party may wait or dress.
- The Chapel is handicapped accessible.
- The Chapel has air conditioning.
- There is one bathroom in the lower level and one bathroom in the upper level.
- Drugs and alcohol are prohibited throughout the Chapel building and on all outdoor
property of Illinois Wesleyan University.
- Rice, bird seed, confetti, etc. may not be thrown in, or in front of, the Chapel.
- Real flower petals are not allowed to be thrown down the aisle. If artificial petals
are thrown, the wedding party is responsible for collecting these before they depart
- Enclosed candles may be used in the Sanctuary (no open flames)
- There is an organ and a piano in the Chapel; use will be arranged with our University
Organist. Though outside musicians are welcome, pre-recorded and electronically amplified
music is not allowed in the Chapel.
- The Chapel is not wired for sound; the Sanctuary was built acoustically to not require
a sound system.
Photos in the Sanctuary should be completed thirty minutes before the ceremony begins.
However, pictures may be taken outside and in other areas of Evelyn Chapel during
this time. Any flash photography or videography during the wedding ceremony is only
permitted with consent from the Officiant.
Under no circumstance are photographers, wedding party, or guests allowed on the catwalk
underneath the cross. This is a safety hazard and is prohibited.
Please note that Illinois Wesleyan University does not allow the use of drones on
Ceremony day parking is complimentary to you and your guests. Upon availability, the
University parking facility behind the Chapel and behind the Welcome Center may be
Evelyn Chapel is not responsible for items that are lost, stolen, left behind, or
broken. To insure safety of your personal items, you may request to lock property
in the Ceremony Coordinator's office. Please keep in mind that this is a college campus
and the Chapel is open from 8:00 am to 11:00pm every day during the academic year.