Weddings in The Chapel of St. Ignatius

Thank you for considering the possibility of being married at the Chapel of St. Ignatius. We want to support and assist you in the best way possible as you embark on this very important commitment in your lives.

Wedding Couple at Altar

Chapel Weddings

Thank you for considering the possibility of being married at the Chapel of St. Ignatius. We want to support and assist you in the best way possible as you embark on this very important commitment in your lives.

This page is intended to answer a few of the questions which are most likely on your mind at this time. It may also help you to raise some questions which haven’t yet occurred to you but which will be important for you to consider as you make plans for your wedding.

Preparing for the big day and Common FAQs

Is some sort of preparation needed for couples wishing to be married?

Yes. Since marriage in the Catholic Church is a sacrament and a lifetime commitment, one of the ways we value and honor it is by taking time to help couples prepare. All couples marrying in the Chapel must go through some marriage preparation program. Marriage preparation is required for engaged couples to assess their readiness for marriage and to assist them in understanding that marriage is a vocation, covenant and sacrament. Campus Ministry hopes marriage preparation will offer ways to help engaged couples live out their vocation with hearts striving to be a couple with and for others. Seattle University no longer offers a marriage preparation program but you could participate in the program through your parish, or the Archdiocese.

Resources provided by the Archdiocese of Seattle:

Is there a fee involved for a Chapel wedding?

Yes. The fee varies depending on university affiliation.

Students, Faculty or Staff Seattle University Alumni Regents or Trustees
$500 $1000 $1,500

A non-refundable security deposit of $250 (taken out of your fee) must accompany the Wedding Finance Agreement.


Are there other costs associated with weddings at the Chapel?

Yes. The approximate costs associated with each are listed below. 

Item Associated Cost Comments/Notes
Parking $100 This covers the cost of on campus parking for you and your guests for the rehearsal and the wedding day, but does not reserve the full lot.
Liability Insurance approx. $100 Proof of liability insurance with a minimum coverage of $1,000,000.00 is required. You may purchase liability insurance from your own insurance provider, or through Conference and Event Service's provider. 
Musicians varies.  Live Liturgical music is required. Costs vary depending on the number of musicians and the type of liturgy. The Campus Minister for Liturgical Music can assist with finding liturgical musicians. 
Presider stipend varies approx $150 You can discuss the appropriate stipend with your priest

Do Catholic weddings always take place during Mass?

No. Weddings can be celebrated either during the celebration of Mass or during a Liturgy of the Word. Normally, weddings are celebrated during Mass only when both parties are of the Catholic faith.

Does the Chapel have policies regarding the content of the wedding service, the music to be used, etc.?

Yes. The content of the service is set forth in the Church’s official Ritual Book for weddings, the Order of Celebrating Matrimony (2016). However, the couple being married is encouraged to engage in helping to plan the wedding service by choosing the Scripture readings that will be used during it. There are certain other options for the service, too, which will be explained to you. The Chapel also has standards and policies regarding the music to be used at a wedding.  All policies are outlined in the SU Wedding Guidelines

Who is able to officiate at weddings in the Chapel?

The couple typically approaches their own priest or deacon to witness at their wedding. This person could be from this diocese, or another diocese. If you belong to another parish in the Archdiocese, your pastor will be the appropriate person to approach in this matter. You may also approach a member of the Seattle University Arrupe Jesuit Community.

Are people who are not of the Catholic faith able to be married at the Chapel of St. Ignatius?

They are, if they are marrying a Catholic.

Are people who have been married before able to be married in the Catholic Church?

Normally speaking, the answer to this question is no. That is because the Catholic Church regards marriage as a permanent commitment. Couples may have recourse to an annulment, but we do not have the staff capacity or expertise at the university to assist you in this process. Please contact your home parish for assistance. Weddings will not be scheduled at the Chapel if either party has a previous marriage (religious or civil) which is not yet formally annulled by the Catholic Church.

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a happy couple processes out of the Chapel after their wedding.

a newlywed couple signs their marriage license in front of the Chapel icons of St. Ignatius