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 your assigned Chapel minister, you may invite your clergy person (e.g. Minister, Priest, Rabbi, Imam, etc.) 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.
No, we do not keep a waiting list. Our reservations calendar is opened approximately 18 months into the future. We do not accept reservations for dates beyond our current reservations calendar window. To find out what dates are currently available for scheduling, please call our Reservations Office.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – $2900
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 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. 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.
The marriage ceremony typically lasts for approximately 20 minutes.
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 that area during your wedding. The remaining areas of the grounds are open to the public.
In the spirit of respecting that the Chapel is a sacred space, only service dogs that are specifically trained to aid someone with a disability are permitted inside the Chapel. Emotional support, therapy, comfort, and companion animals are not considered to be service animals under the ADA.
The Chapel is already decorated with beautiful greenery and white orchids that are planted inside the Chapel all year long. During the season of Advent (the end of November, and the month of December) red poinsettias are planted inside the Chapel and an evergreen Advent wreath is suspended above the altar. To preserve the natural setting, no additional flower arrangements, ribbons, bows, or aisle runners are permitted.
Couples may add aisle flowers created by our preferred Chapel florist, please see “Wedding Aisle/Pew Flowers” for more details.
Rice, confetti, birdseed, flowers, flower petals, etc. cannot be tossed inside the Chapel or outside on the grounds. Bubbles, balloons, butterflies, birds, etc. cannot be released on the grounds.
Yes, we provide a dressing room for the bride and her attendants.
To maximize your time at the Chapel, we strongly recommend that all hair and make-up be completed before arriving at the Chapel. The Bridal Room includes a vanity, private restroom, and a full-length 3-way mirror.
Yes. 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 ceremony. Once the ceremony has finished, 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 ceremony 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 on the Chapel grounds.
No. There are no facilities for receptions at the Chapel. We will be glad to offer suggestions for some of the facilities that are available within a short distance from the Chapel.