Reserve Your Date: Contact the Office of Spiritual Life to discuss availability of the Chapel on the date you are considering. Weddings are not scheduled on days of Emory & Henry home football games or Admissions events. If your date is available, a tentative reservation will be made. You will have two weeks to complete your the Contract for Rental Groups/Events and Event Set-Up Form and send your payment of 25% of the total fee to secure your date. Reservations are made on a first come first served basis and are not final until the contract and payment are received at the College.
Wedding and Rehearsal Times: Your reservation provides a two hour block of time for your rehearsal and a four hour block of time for your wedding. The Chapel is available for flower delivery and set up two hours prior to the start time of your wedding. All programs, floral arrangements, and decorations must be removed from the Chapel by the end of the four hour time period. Using a 3:00 PM wedding as an example, you would have access beginning at 1:00 PM and the Chapel must be back to its original condition by 5:00 PM.
Clergy: The name and contact information of your officiating clergy person must be provided in your contract. All clergy must be licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Chapel Capacity: Memorial Chapel offers seating for up to 300 guests, or up to 500 if the balcony and Cole Parlor (rear section) are used.
Services: You are welcome to invite your own musicians and wedding director. If you are in need of a pianist/organist or wedding director, the Office of Spiritual Life can provide several suggestions. Your reservation includes the services of a wedding host who will be on hand during your rehearsal and wedding to assist with the sound system, lighting and set up. Wesley Parlor, a comfortable room with a full length mirror, is available to the bridal party for preparation.
Fees: The $600 fee includes use of the Chapel for two hours for the rehearsal and four hours for the wedding. Fellowship Hall in the lower level of Memorial Chapel is available for rehearsal dinners and receptions for a fee of $100 for two hours and $25 for each additional hour desired. A wedding host is present during both times to provide assistance. Current students, employees and Emory United Methodist Church members qualify for a reduced rate of $350 for Memorial Chapel and $75 for Fellowship Hall. 25% of your total is due with your signed contract to secure your date on the reservation calendar. The balance of payment is due no later than eight weeks prior to your wedding date.
Receptions: Mason Fellowship Hall on the lower level of Memorial Chapel is available for receptions and rehearsal dinners, as are Van Dyke Hall, Tobias Smith Cabin, and outdoor venues. Please refer to the Schedule of Fees for pricing information. The campus food service, Sodexo, Inc., has first right of refusal to cater events held in Van Dyke Hall. Fellowship Hall reservations are handled through the Office of Spiritual Life along with wedding reservations. All other event scheduling is handled through the Facilities Department at 276.944.6242. Information regarding Sodexo, Inc. catering is available by contacting Sam Walker at 276.944.6587.
Event Insurance: Insurance is required for all events held on campus. You may provide proof in writing of additional event coverage from your private insurance carrier, or you may use the link provided in our Insurance Requirements document to secure event insurance from an independent insurer. Proof of insurance is due with your signed contract in order to secure your reservation.