You’ll find them in cities, in quaint country villages, and within sight of the ocean. Most are non-denominational, many are heritage listed, some have been refurbished, and all exude an absolutely delightful charm.
A considerable number of chapels were once churches that have been lovingly restored and given a new lease of life - and the benefits they offer couples looking for that special ceremony venue are immense.
Firstly, you are free to create a wedding ceremony that expresses your own unique personalities - and yet still enjoy that wonderful sense of occasion afforded by a church. You are not restricted by either your own or your partner’s religious background, and your ceremony can be conducted by a marriage celebrant or minister of your choosing.
A rainy day can spoil an outdoor wedding. The inconvenience of relocating to another venue is considerable, not to mention the tricky logistics involved in such a move. However, choose to marry in a chapel and your wet weather worries are over!
The comfort of your guests is an important consideration – particularly if older family members are attending. By holding your wedding ceremony in a chapel you can seat your guests in a sheltered, perhaps even air-conditioned environment, away from the potential discomfort of strong sunlight, wind and rain.
And after the wedding ceremony you have the most perfect backdrop for some gorgeous photos, as well as the option of serving your guests refreshments – or even holding a cocktail style reception – in the same convenient location.
Many chapels also make available the expertise of a wedding co-ordinator, who can de-stress your preparations by arranging the day’s details for you. What could be more perfect?
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