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The comprehensive Fee for a ceremony at Houghton Chapel, the Multifaith Center or the Arboretum is $1200. This fee includes the use of Chapel, Multifaith Center or Arboretum for your rehearsal and ceremony, standard set-up by custodial services of the Chapel for your ceremony. A deposit of $600 is due two weeks after your reservation has been approved (the approval process may take up to one week). The remaining balance will be due four weeks prior to the date of your ceremony.
Checks should be made payable to Wellesley College and sent to:
Amy O’Toole, Coordinator of the Houghton Chapel & Multifaith Center
Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Wellesley College Custodial Services will open the chapel and be on duty for one hour prior to your scheduled ceremony and a half hour before your scheduled rehearsal. Custodial Services will be on duty for standard break-down following the ceremony. The facility fee listed above includes a standard set-up by custodial services; any non-standard set-up will be subject to an additional fee which will be discussed and confirmed with the renter prior to the date of your ceremony.
Additional fees may occur for non-standard set up in the chapel (i.e: special placement of the chapel chairs or the removal of the large podium, or removal or replacement of other chapel items). These special requests require additional technicians and custodial staff to be on-duty at an over-time rate on average ranging between $150 to $300 which will be discussed and confirmed with the renter prior to the date of your ceremony.
Any special set-up will require notice at least 3 weeks prior to your ceremony. This will ensure that the proper work-order can be placed and completed. For further questions please contact Amy O’Toole, chapel coordinator at (781) 283-2615.
Persons having their marriage or commitment ceremonies at Wellesley College may arrange for outside clergy or other authorized persons to perform services. Members of the Wellesley College Office of Religious and Spiritual Life may also be available to preside at these ceremonies as their schedule permits. To inquire about the availability of chaplains for this purpose, please contact Amy O’Toole, Coordinator for the Houghton Chapel and Multifaith Center by phone: 781-283-2615 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the Religious and Spiritual Life Team may be available to perform ceremonies. The fee is $500 for preparation and celebration of the ceremony. You must make your own financial arrangements with your officiant. The fee must be paid in full prior to the ceremony. You may also arrange for an outside clergy or other authorized persons to perform your ceremony however it must be approved by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life.
You must make your own financial arrangements with your organist. The musician’s fees must be paid in full prior to the ceremony. Often the planning of the music can be handled via telephone or e-mail (for services with the organ and or trumpet); for services involving several soloists or a complicated liturgy, a personal consultation is advised. The organist will be glad to help you engage the services of an instrumentalist or vocalist for your ceremony, or to work with a soloist of your choosing. The rehearsal time must be planned around the schedule of the organist and availability of the space with the College, and is subject to an additional custodial fee.