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Facilities Fee

Fees for Wellesley College Affiliate     

Houghton Chapel Ceremony (capacity 750)...........................$1500.00

Multifaith Center Ceremony (capacity 150)............................$1000.00

Arboretum Ceremony (capacity 100)...……………………...$1500.00

Alumnae Hall Event Lawn (capacity 750)

Ceremony...………………………………………….....$1500.00

Reception………………...…………………………….$1500.00

Fees for Non-Wellesley College Affiliate

Houghton Chapel Ceremony (capacity 750)..………………...$2000.00

Multifaith Center Ceremony (capacity 150)..............................$1500.00

Arboretum Ceremony (capacity 100)..…….…………………..$2000.00

Alumnae Hall Event Lawn (capacity 750)

Ceremony………..……..………………………………..$2000.00

Reception.………..……..………………………………..$2000.00

*The fee includes rental of the space, 1-hour rehearsal time with the Chapel Coordinator, and 3-hour allotted ceremony time with the Chapel Coordinator.

A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required to confirm the date and time of the service. Full payment and completed wedding contract are due THREE months prior to the date of your ceremony.

Checks are made payable to “Wellesley College.”
A 50% non-refundable deposit is due to reserve the date.
Please mail to:

Attn: Yolanda Tong
Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Custodial Services

Wellesley College Custodial Services will open the Chapel and be on duty for a half hour before your scheduled rehearsal and one hour prior to your scheduled ceremony.  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.

Non-Standard Set-Up

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 4 weeks prior to your ceremony. This will ensure that the proper work-order can be placed and completed. If you have any questions or would like to request a non-standard set-up, please contact the Chapel Coordinator.

The Officiant

Persons having their marriage 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. The fee is $500 for preparation and celebration of the ceremony. To inquire about the availability of Chaplains for this purpose, please contact the Chapel Coordinator. 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 Officiant. The fee must be paid in full prior to the ceremony. 

The Organist

Courtesy and professional etiquette require that the Wedding Organist (or their designate) play at all weddings that use the Chapel Organ. The services of the Chapel Wedding Organist do not automatically come with booking a wedding, and require a professional fee.  You must contact the Wedding Organist about playing for your wedding, contracting other musicians, and/or approving other musicians at least six months in advance.

You must make your own financial arrangements with the Organist. The musician fees must be paid in full prior to the ceremony. 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.