Maybe you have dreamed of a trademark-style wedding in a little white church, but if you are not a member of a certain church, or even practice a particular denomination of religion, you may think that a church or chapel wedding is out of the question. Thankfully, that is no longer the case. There are numerous chapels available that will give you that authentic church-wedding venue, even if you plan on having a non-denominational event. Here is a closer look at some of the things to remember when looking for a chapel ceremony venue for your wedding.
Many church organizations do allow outsiders to use the facilities.
While there are some churches who only allow weddings in their facilities if the bride, groom, or part of the family attends the church, this is not always the case. Finding those without this requirement is usually just a matter of asking around in your desired location. If you have a chapel in mind, reach out to the church administration, and find out if it would be possible to host a wedding at the property, even though you are not affiliated with the church. Some places will charge a fee for use of the building, and you will have to abide by their rules and work around their schedule, but it can be well worth it to have a place you like.
There are chapels available that are not church affiliated.
Not every wedding chapel venue is actually affiliated with a church. Therefore, you will not have to be concerned that you are a non-denominational individual. In fact, because church and chapel weddings are such a popular thing, there are some wedding venues that have been built in desirable locations, specifically for hosting wedding ceremonies for people who are not affiliated with a church and want a traditional-style wedding.
Some church organizations allow use if you know a church member.
In some situations, you don't necessarily have to be a church member in order to use a chapel for your wedding. If you have relatives or friends that go to a particular church that you would love to use for your ceremony, you may be able to get the actual church member to request use on your behalf. Oftentimes, church organizations are more inviting to outsiders for use of their facilities if that person is somehow affiliated with someone who is part of the parish or congregation.