Use of St. Dominic Chapel
Weddings are held in St. Dominic Chapel only. The seating capacity is 500 people. We cannot make provisions for outdoor weddings.
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Weddings in St. Dominic Chapel may be scheduled at the following times:
August 21 – May 31
- Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p. m.
June 1 – August 21
- Saturdays 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
There is a two hour reservation for the Chapel, beginning one half hour immediately preceding the scheduled start of the ceremony and ending one and one half hours after the ceremony is scheduled to begin, as follows:
- 2:00 p.m. wedding 1:30-3:30 p.m.
- 4:00 p.m. wedding 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Weddings cannot be scheduled when college events take place, such as Commencement Weekend, Reunion Weekend, Parents Weekend, or other special events.
The bridal party must arrive at St. Dominic Chapel fully attired and prepared for the ceremony. Dressing rooms are not available and use of the Campus Ministry Center on the lower level is not permitted.
All must respect the time frame by vacating the chapel area by the appointed time. All members of the bridal party should make every effort to ensure that the ceremony begins on time. If, for any reason, the ceremony begins later than scheduled, the original time will still be considered the beginning of the two hour reservation.
Furniture arrangements are standard for all weddings in St. Dominic Chapel. The Wedding Consultant will review the options when you meet. Please do not rearrange the chairs or kneelers.
The interior and outside plaza of St. Dominic Chapel are beautifully and tastefully designed sacred spaces that need little embellishment. Two flower arrangements are permitted. Pedestals are available if you choose to use them. Flowers will be placed in front of the pillars on either side of the altar. Flowers may not be placed anywhere else in the Chapel. Also, nothing may be attached to pews. During the wedding liturgy and in accord with a revered custom for Catholic weddings, however, flowers may be presented to the Blessed Mother either at her statue or at the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
If you choose to use an aisle runner, please make arrangements for your florist to supply either a cloth or paper runner. A paper runner will be disposed of following the ceremony.
You are responsible for securing your own still and/or video photographer(s). Please advise your photographer(s) to be discreet and respectful of the sacrament being celebrated.
Photographs are permitted in the plaza area outside the Chapel after the ceremony, providing the area is cleared within the designated completion time of the reservation. Photographs may not be taken inside the chapel after the ceremony, unless there are no other weddings or church services taking place after the ceremony. Photographs may be taken on the grounds of Providence College but are not permitted inside any of the buildings on campus.
Please supply us with the name of your photographer so that we may contact them regarding our policy and procedures.
Throwing rice, confetti, flower petals or birdseed on the Chapel grounds or anywhere on campus is not permitted. No balloons or other decorations are permitted and alcohol of any kind is not permitted anywhere on campus.
We encourage you to greet your guests outside in the plaza area after the ceremony, and recommend that a formal receiving line take place at the reception location.
The Office of the Chaplain is pleased to provide you with the services of the Director of Liturgical Music who will meet with you to guide you through the process of selecting appropriate music for your ceremony, according to the musical requirements of Catholic liturgy.
The Director of Liturgical Music is responsible for making all the arrangements for musicians and vocalists for your wedding ceremony. Only musicians and vocalists affiliated with St. Dominic Chapel may play or sing.
The fees for these services, effective January 15, 2015, are established according to diocesan standards, and they are payable directly to the individuals:
- Organist $200
- Vocalist $200
- Instrumentalist Fees vary
Please note that bagpipers are not permitted inside or outside the Chapel and no other instruments are allowed outside the Chapel.
It is recommended that you contact the Director of Liturgical Music as soon as your reservation is confirmed, in order to secure the prospective musicians and soloists well in advance of your wedding day.
Rehearsals are generally held the evening preceding the wedding day. You will need to arrange a rehearsal time with the wedding consultant. Please make sure that the officiating priest or deacon is available at that time. Please do not book your rehearsal dinner until you have a confirmed rehearsal time.
One hour is allotted for the rehearsal. Please be advised that there may be other rehearsals before or after your rehearsal. Please ask everyone who will be participating in your wedding ceremony to be at St. Dominic Chapel promptly at the time the rehearsal has been scheduled. The officiating priest or deacon will conduct the rehearsal. The Wedding Consultant will be available to assist as necessary.
Only limousines are permitted to park on the street beside the Chapel. No other vehicles are permitted to park on the street. The area around the Chapel is a designated fire lane and cars parked on the street will be tagged and towed. No vehicles, including limousines, are permitted to park in the plaza area of the chapel.
Please note that there are a limited number of handicap parking spaces next to and diagonally across from the chapel.
After your wedding has taken place, your permanent records will be kept at St. Pius Church, 55 Elmhurst Avenue, Providence, RI 02908. This church is located adjacent to the Providence College Campus.
We will also send notification of the marriage to the respective churches of Baptism of both the bride and groom.
The wedding coordinator will discuss the following general policies with you in greater detail as you meet to plan your wedding ceremony.