Memorial Chapel

Weddings

The Place. The Look. Your Memories. 

Imagine celebrating your day in the Memorial Chapel surrounded by the beautiful campus of Emory & Henry College.  The Memorial Chapel with its beautiful stain glass windows and architecture is available for your wedding service with seating for 350 guests. A dressing area for the bride, groom and their attendants are available as well. 

Receptions may be held in the Memorial Chapel Fellowship Hall or one of our other venue rental spaces.  Our campus grounds also provide the perfect place for an outdoor ceremony or reception.

Reserve Your Date:

Contact the Conferences Director to discuss availability of the Chapel on the date you are considering.  Weddings are not scheduled on days of Emory & Henry Homecoming and Family Day football games.  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 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 p.m.

Clergy:

The name and contact information of your officiating clergy person must be provided to us prior to your wedding date. 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 Conferences Director 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.  The Buchanan-Blakemore Guest House is also available to reserve to accommodate wedding party preparations and overnight stay.

Fees:

The $600 fee includes the 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.  Alumni qualify for a reduced rate of $450.00 for Memorial Chapel and $75 for the 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 well as Van Dyke Hall, Tobias Smith Cabin, McGlothlin Center for the Arts, and outdoor venues. Please contact the Conferences Director for pricing and availability. The campus food service, Sodexo, Inc., has first right of refusal to cater events held in the campus. Reservations are handled through the Conferences Director along with wedding reservations.  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 secure event insurance from an independent insurer.