Music and Flowers
You must make your own arrangements for flowers and runners to be placed in the Chapel, Multifaith Center or Alumnae Hall Event Lawn. Depending on the Chapel schedule, your florist may deliver flowers one hour prior to your ceremony. Any special arrangements can be made by contacting the Chapel Coordinator.
Flowers may be placed on the worship table in the Chapel, provided the wood is protected, or on standing holders, which must be supplied by your florist. You are responsible for removing all flowers from the Chapel after the ceremony as a courtesy to other events scheduled.
Runners are usually acquired through your florist as well. The center aisle in the chapel is 90 feet long.
The clergy person who is officiating at your ceremony must approve all musical selections to be performed.
Courtesy and professional etiquette require that the Wellesley College Organist (or their designate) play at all ceremonies that use the Chapel Organ. The services of the Organist do not automatically come with booking a ceremony, and require a professional fee. You must contact the Organist about playing for your ceremony, contracting other musicians, and/or approving other musicians at least six months in advance.
You must make your own financial arrangements with the Organist or musican(s). The musician 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. 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 may be subject to an additional custodial fee.
There is one small microphone available for use in the Houghton Chapel attached to the Podium. For additional needs for microphones and speakers, please see the Preferred Vendor Lists.