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Weddings, Memorials and Events

Our Building | Weddings | Memorial Services | Reservations

Our Building

view of chapel across the Genesee in winterSet into the banks along the Genesee River, the Chapel is distinguished by its elegant stained glass dome. The wooden arched seating design allows for an intimate feel whether your guest number is large or small. The specially designed contemporary teakwood pipe organ is the focal point of this simple sanctuary setting.

Inside the chapel, the Main Sanctuary seats up to 500 people, has handicap accessible seating,and an infrared assistive listening device system. This area features a Casavant Freres Pipe Organ, baby grand piano, full size screen and sound system. 

Weddings

bridal couple kissingThe first day that you start your life together should be extraordinary. The University of Rochester Interfaith Chapel is the ideal place for just such beginnings. It has become a favorite tradition of alumni to return to the Chapel for their weddings. They, along with members of the greater Rochester community, have found the it to be the perfect site for their celebrations.

A Chapel Event Coordinator will speak with you month before your wedding to help coordinate the details for the ceremony. She will help organize the wedding rehearsal and on the day of the wedding, she and the wedding assistant will oversee and coordinate all aspects of the ceremony including the processional and recessional

Our University Organist, from the Eastman School of Music, will also help you choose music from a wide variety of traditions and styles. He will work closely with the coordinator to ensure that your ceremony runs smoothly.

The Bride’s Room is located on the River Level and provides a comfortable space for the bride and her attendants to prepare for the ceremony. A room for the groom and the best man is conveniently located at the back of the Chapel for easy entrance.

Photo opportunities are available along the river or on the steps to the Eastman Quad with the picturesque Rush Rhees Library as a backdrop.

Weddings are held on Saturdays at 10:00 am, 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm or 6:00 pm. Sunday afternoon weddings are held between June and mid-August. The Chapel sanctuary is available to the University and the Rochester community.

Wedding Reservation Fees

  • University affiliated:  $625
    (Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Full time Students, Children and Grandchildren of Alumni, Faculty or Staff)
  • Non-affiliated:  $725

A $175.00 non-refundable deposit will guarantee your reservation.

Memorial Services

interior of church showing stained class arched wallThe Chapel is also available for memorial services. We will provide the family with a quiet space to gather before the service as well as an area for a small reception following the service. When possible we encourage reservations be made for early evenings or weekends. Chapel staff member will be present during your reservation time.

Reservations

To make reservations or for more information about the Chapel for a wedding, memorial service or any other event, please contact our Reservations Coordinator at (585) 275-4321 Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or e-mail at urinterfaithchapel@rochester.edu.