Frequently Asked Questions for Weddings at the Chapel | University of Portland

Frequently Asked Questions for Weddings at the Chapel

Who may be married at the Chapel of Christ the Teacher?

Alumni, students, faculty and staff of the University may be married at the Chapel. At least one of the parties (bride or groom) must be Roman Catholic.

Does it have to be a Roman Catholic wedding?

A Roman Catholic priest or deacon must officiate the wedding in accord with the Church’s marriage ritual.

How many guests can we invite to our wedding?

The Chapel seats 280 people—about 176 guests downstairs and 104 in the Mezzanine. Due to fire code, we cannot reserve weddings for groups larger than 280 people.

How much does it cost to use the Chapel for a wedding?

A fee of $800 covers the use of the Chapel facility, a consult on music and liturgy planning as well as the services of a Sacristan at the rehearsal and wedding. 

What do we need to do for marriage preparation?

Couples will complete the FOCCUS Inventory or Prepare-Enrich Inventory, and attend an NFP session. Attending an Engaged Encounter or a pre-marriage program offered through a parish or a counseling center may be recommended or required.

When can we take pictures?

Pictures without flash may be taken throughout the ceremony. Formal pictures may be taken inside or outside the Chapel within the four-hour reserved time slot.  The photographer is required to check in with the sacristan or wedding coordinator on the day of the wedding and confirm their plans.

How many flowers can we have in the Chapel?

Simple arrangements may be placed in front of the ambo, near the font, or in front of the altar.  Flowers near the altar may not stand higher than the altar, nor impede view of the altar.

What about music and musicians?

All couples have the option to consult with the Music Director or bring in your own musician. If an outside musician is used, the wedding coordinator must have their selections approved. The couple contracts and pays musicians as a separate expense.