Frequently Asked Questions
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We know that you may have many questions regarding the planning of your wedding. Here is a list of commonly asked questions.
If you are unable to find the answer to your question on this page, we encourage you to call our reservations staff. They will be happy to help you with any additional questions or concerns you may have. They are in the office Monday – Friday from 9am to 4pm (PDT) at 1 (310) 377-1650 Ext. 1 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wedding ceremonies at Wayfarers Chapel include a chapel minister, a wedding director, a gate attendant, and the chapel musician.
We require three 1-hour meetings prior to your wedding (all of which are included in your contribution):
- A planning conference with a wedding director to go over your wedding service
- A conference to meet your assigned minister to go over your ceremony
- A wedding rehearsal
A valid California marriage license or legal proof of marriage elsewhere is required.
No congregation, membership or classes are required.
Yes. While our “Celebration of Marriage” service is based on Christian principles, our ministers work with couples of mixed faiths and those who prefer a non-religious service to tailor the wedding service to their religious/spiritual beliefs.
Our Chapel ministers conduct all services. With the approval of our minister, you may invite your minister, priest, or rabbi as a guest to participate in your wedding ceremony. We emphasize the word “guest” because our Chapel minister will conduct the majority of the wedding ceremony and sign the marriage license.
There is no waiting list. You reserve a day and time that best meets your needs based on our availability.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday – $2900
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and most holidays – $3900
You will have a full two hours on the Chapel grounds and surrounding gardens. Please arrive no earlier than one hour prior to your designated ceremony time. The marriage ceremony is approximately 20 minutes. Departure is at the end of the wedding hour. For example, if your wedding is at 2 p.m., you will arrive at 1 p.m., and you will depart at 3 p.m.
Yes. Your photographer may arrive on the grounds one hour prior to your designated ceremony time. This allows you to make full use of your two hours on the grounds.
The Chapel will comfortably accommodate up to 100 guests, plus your wedding party.
The Chapel and the immediate surrounding grounds will be closed off from visitors a half hour prior to your wedding. A gate attendant will be provided to ensure only your guests and wedding party enter into the area during your wedding. The remaining grounds are open to the public every day.
Beautiful greenery and white orchids are planted inside the Chapel. During December, red poinsettias are added and an evergreen Advent wreath is suspended above the altar. Couples may add aisle flowers created by our Chapel florist. (Please see “Wedding Aisle/Pew Flowers” for more details.) To preserve the natural setting, no additional flower arrangements, ribbons, bows, or aisle runners are permitted.
Rice, confetti, birdseed, flowers or flower petals cannot be tossed, inside or outside the Chapel. Bubbles, balloons, butterflies, or birds cannot be released after weddings.
Yes, we provide a dressing room for the bride and her attendants. We ask that hair and make-up be completed before arrival. The Bridal Room includes a vanity, private restroom, and a full length 3-way mirror.
You may hire your own photographer or you may hire a photographer from our suggested photographers list. All photographers adhere to the same guidelines and must stand behind the last pew during your wedding. Once the wedding is over, you may re-enter the Chapel for close-ups and reenactments.
All videographers must adhere to the same guidelines by standing behind the last pew during your wedding service with the exception of our Wayfarers Chapel videographers. They have the capability of using remotely controlled cameras from an adjacent room which provides close-ups during your service.
The use of drones is strictly prohibited.
There are no facilities for receptions. We will be glad to guide you to the many facilities that are available within a short distance from the Chapel.