Planning your wedding


Planning your wedding is a big job and you won't have to do it alone! From your initial consultation with our wedding coordinator to the day of your wedding you can expect impeccable service from our professional staff.

Once you have selected University of Northwestern as the venue for your wedding, the wedding coordinator will help you schedule the wedding and reception of your dreams.

On your wedding day, leave the details to us as your wedding assistant will work with your wedding party and make sure everything happens when it should. For your convenience, we offer optional dressing room refreshments so your wedding party can enjoy food and beverages before the ceremony.

Information and on-site visits

For rental rates or information, or to arrange a personal showing of Northwestern's beautiful wedding and reception facilities, contact us at 651-631-5388 or

Additional information about photography, videotaping, flowers, wedding times and more can be found on the Wedding Details and Wedding & Rehearsal Times pages.

Nazareth Chapel

Chapel setting

Nazareth Chapel is a magnificent setting for your special day. The beautiful combination of green, auburn, white and gray marble offers a beautiful backdrop for any wedding style. Stained glass windows, a high arched ceiling, and wooden pews and furnishings complete this elegant setting.

Seating and capacity

The chapel can seat up to 300 people. The balcony houses the organ and is available for use by musicians, photographers and/or videographers.

Guest comfort

Please keep in mind that because of the historical nature of the chapel, it is not air-conditioned.


When it opened in 1923 the chapel was part of a Roman Catholic preparatory seminary known as Nazareth Hall. After the seminary closed in 1970, University of Northwestern purchased the campus with a promise and commitment to preserve its beauty. Learn more about Nazareth Chapel.

Scheduling your wedding

Holding a wedding date

You may place a hold on your wedding date for up to two weeks without a deposit. If you have not requested the contract by the end of the two-week period your hold will be canceled.

Requesting the contract

At any point during your two-week hold you may request the contract. Once you have requested the contract, the contract will be emailed to you. You will be given ten business days to return the contract with the chapel deposit to the wedding coordinator. The chapel deposit is $450 and will be applied toward the chapel rental.

Confirming your date

Once the wedding coordinator has received your contract and deposit, you will be sent a confirmation email, a copy of your contract and a wedding checklist.

What to do after your date is confirmed

At least one month prior to your wedding, please contact the wedding coordinator and schedule an appointment to talk through the wedding checklist. Please feel free to call the wedding coordinator Monday through Friday if questions arise at any point during the planning process.

Additional Rental Information

Northwestern's campus is smoke-free and alcohol-free. 


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