Our Wedding at Wayfarers Chapel
We are honored that you have chosen to be married at the Wayfarers Chapel, and look forward to being with you during such a special moment in your lives.
We are celebrating the beauty of the love that has brought you together, and we are honoring the sacredness of the vows that you are making to each other.
Your Wedding Reservation
You may make a reservation in person or by phone. The reservation staff is available Monday – Friday from 9am – 4:15pm. You may email the reservation staff for general information but it is always best to call for availability.
We will hold your tentative wedding reservation for fifteen (15) days with a $200 non-refundable Reservation Fee. We provide this time for you so you may consider your wedding plans at the Wayfarers Chapel.
If you decide to continue with your wedding plans at the Chapel, we ask you to confirm your wedding date by paying the entire wedding contribution (minus the reservation fee) and returning the completed and signed wedding questionnaire to the Chapel within fifteen days of making your reservation.
If we do not receive your wedding contribution and signed questionnaire by the end of 15 days, we will assume you do not wish to proceed with your wedding plans at the Chapel and will cancel your wedding reservation.
Please see “Wedding Costs”
Ministers of the Chapel officiate at all weddings and sign all documents. A Chapel Minister will meet with you for a Minister’s conference. At the conference, the Chapel Minister will discuss your service and any special plans you may have. The marriage service used at Wayfarers Chapel expresses the Swedenborgian Church’s view of marriage and is approximately 20 minutes in length. In the spirit of mutual respect, The Chapel Minister’s decision about what to include in the service is final.
Upon the approval of our Chapel Minister, your Minister, Priest, or Rabbi may participate in certain parts of the ceremony such as offering the marriage prayer or a reading from the Bible. If you need to know exactly what parts of the Chapel’s Marriage Service your clergy may read, please ask the reservationists for a copy that service.
Rehearsal and Meetings
Prior to your wedding day, we will schedule a Planning Conference, a Minister’s Conference and a Rehearsal. Each of which will last approximately one hour.
Your Wedding Day
We want you to have the full enjoyment of the Chapel and surrounding gardens. Please plan your arrival no earlier than one hour before your scheduled wedding time. You will have a total of two hours on the grounds. For example: If you have a 2:00pm wedding, we ask that you arrive at 1:00pm, the wedding begins at 2pm (it is approximately a twenty minute service) and your departure time would be 3:00pm. Photographs may be taken within your two hour time frame.
All ceremonies begin on time.
Music is included and is played by the Chapel musician on the Chapel’s Yamaha Clavinova. This is a single keyboard instrument with the capacity to sound like a piano, organ or harp, as well as other instruments. Only the Chapel keyboardist is permitted to play the keyboard. Please see “Wedding Music” for additional information.
You may also provide additional Chapel musicians (or your own musicians) to play at your wedding. Please remember that space is limited and a trio is the largest musical group that can be accommodated. No microphones, amplification or electrical instruments are needed or permitted in the Chapel. Please contact the Reservation Staff for details.
The only decoration allowed in the Chapel are flowers attached to the pews. Our Aisle/Pew Flower package is the only decoration allowed in the Chapel. This option is an additional charge and may be ordered through our Reservation Office. Please see “Wedding Aisle/Pew Flowers” for additional information.
We strongly recommend you to consider hiring one of the professional photographers from the Chapel’s Photographers list. These photographers are intimately familiar with the Chapel and gardens and know the best locations to obtain perfect views and backgrounds whether it is daylight, evening, sunny or cloudy.
Only your designated photographer is permitted to take pictures during your wedding, and only from the rear of the Chapel.
Video & Streaming
Wayfarers Chapel offers a unique multi-camera video service and live streaming for your wedding. You have the opportunity to choose from a variety of packages with different pricing. Please see “Wedding Video & Streaming” for additional information.
The choice of videographer is up to you. If you choose a videographer other than Wayfarers Chapel, they may use only one camera at the rear of the Chapel and be required to follow the Chapel’s videography guidelines.
About Your Marriage License
To be married at the Chapel, you must provide a valid California marriage license. If you are already married, you must provide the Chapel with a copy of your legal documents.
The Wayfarers Chapel staff looks forward to making your wedding day dreams a reality.
Please contact our Reservation Office for further assistance.