Policies and Planning Guide

Music Guidelines

Because weddings at Hendricks Chapel take place in diverse faith traditions and are officiated by a wide variety of clergy, the appropriateness of music may be different from one wedding to another.

We believe that music is an integral and meaningful part of a wedding ceremony and that the music should be carefully selected to appropriately represent the faith tradition(s) in which the wedding is taking place.  We ask that you work with your officiant and musician(s) to help decide what music is best for your ceremony.  We also ask you to be sensitive to the musical wishes of the clergy person who is officiating your ceremony, since it is often important to them to uphold the integrity of their own faith tradition.  In addition, we ask guest officiants to work with couples to find music that is most appropriate to Hendricks Chapel, which we consider a sacred and spiritual place.  To reflect the sacred nature of the ceremony, we recommend sacred classical music.

  • Sacred music is music in which the words make specific references to religion, and are often based on religious texts such as the Bible or rites such as the Roman Catholic Mass.
  • Secular music is music in which the words are overtly non-religious, such as most love songs.
  • Music without words (i.e. not sung by a vocalist, but played by an instrument) can be either sacred or secular, though it is normally considered neutral unless clearly associated with a specific text.
  • Classical music is generally considered to be anything written before the twentieth century or anything written in a similar style and usually played by instruments.  Much of the traditional wedding music comes from the classical repertoire.  Classical music can be either sacred or secular.
  • Popular music is, for example, music on the radio or in Broadway musicals.  There is much sacred music written in a popular style as well, though most popular music is secular.

Your officiant must approve all musical selections to be performed at the wedding.  In addition, the wedding administrator and Dean of the Chapel reserve the right to deny permission for a musical selection.

Please note, CD and tape recorder usage will not be permitted.

Using the Chapel Organ

The services of the Chapel wedding organist are not included in ceremony reservations and usually require an additional fee.

Courtesy and professional etiquette require that the organist (or their designate) play at all weddings that use the Chapel organ.  You must contact an approved wedding organist about playing for your wedding or contracting other musicians in advance.  Because of the value of the instruments, if you are seeking a guest musician(s) who will play the organ, the guest musician(s) must be approved by the wedding organist at least three months in advance.


Flower arrangements are welcome at your ceremony at Hendricks Chapel.  Your florist should arrive no sooner than one hour prior to your wedding service (during “set-up time”).  There is absolutely no tape used on pews, walls or floor.  There are 20 rows on each side of the Chapel for seating.  There are small holes in the pews on both sides of the main aisle where pipe cleaners can be attached with flower arrangements or bows.

Hendricks Chapel is not responsible for flowers, flower containers, etc. left at the Chapel after each wedding.  All material brought to the Chapel for weddings must be removed by you within your three-hour time allotment as the Chapel has no storage facilities and may schedule other events shortly after each wedding.


Hendricks Chapel provides two candelabras with candles for your use during weddings.  We also have two pillars candles that you may use at the worship center.  If you would like to use a wedding/unity candle, you are responsible to bring this to the Chapel at your rehearsal.

Aisle Runners

You have the option of using an aisle runner at your ceremony.  We DO NOT provide the aisle runners.  Most florists offer them when choosing your flowers.  The center aisle measures 72’ (inside front door steps).

Guidelines for Photographers and Videographers

All photographers/videographers are to make contact with the resident Chaplain or wedding administrator immediately as they arrive for the event.  All operators of cameras, including video, movie and still cameras are required to follow these guidelines:

  1. All cameras will be confined to specified areas. Locations permitted for cameras will be the balconies and on the main floor under the east balcony. Sound jacks are provided for your use in the north and south balconies. Sound jacks and electrical outlets are available on the east balcony. A stationary video camera is permitted in the choir area or in the north and south transepts. No photographers or videographers will be allowed to roam in the sanctuary during the ceremony, particularly in places where they will obstruct the view or serve as a distraction.
  2. Photographs of the processional may be taken at the head of the aisle with the permission of the Hendricks Chapel host or wedding coordinator in consultation with the officiating clergy person or Justice of the Peace.
  3. No flash or supplemental lighting can be used for photographic purposes during the conducting of the wedding ceremony. It is permissible to use flash if the wedding party assembles specifically for the taking of photographs either prior to the ceremony or directly following the ceremony. It is the responsibility of the bride and groom to see the clergy is informed prior to the ceremony if they desire his or her presence for photographs at the end of the service.
  4. Violations of these regulations will result in the photographer, videographer or photographic company being banned from covering weddings in Hendricks Chapel.
  5. Please ask your friends and family members to refrain from taking any flash pictures or videos.
  6. The photographer/videographer is accountable to the Hendricks Chapel host, wedding coordinator or resident chaplain.