ABOUT THE SERVICE
Every year over seventy-five couples get married at Columbia University’s St. Paul’s Chapel. Weddings as large as 400 guests fill St. Paul’s with joyful love and hopeful celebration. Weddings in St. Paul’s may be traditional, secular, interfaith, same-sex, non-religious, civil or spiritual. St. Paul’s Chapel weddings easily accommodate cultural, religious, family and individual traditions as diverse as the University itself. No affiliation with the University or St. Paul’s Chapel is required. As an architectural gem, St. Paul’s Chapel makes a perfect space for a variety of types of wedding ceremonies.
The seating capacity of the main floor of the nave is 400 people. For larger weddings, the balconies can also be used, expanding the capacity to 610. More intimate ceremonies may also be held in the chancel in front of the high altar, where the seating capacity is 60 people.
PLANNING A WEDDING AT St. PAUL’S CHAPEL
You can contact the Administrative Office at (212) 854-8421 to reserve a date and time for your wedding. The availability of Officiants and reception facilities should be checked concurrently when finalizing the wedding date and time, since St. Paul’s Chapel books a large number of weddings each year, with April, May, June, September, October, and November being the busiest times of the year.
The Office of the University Chaplain at Columbia University is a great place to call if you are looking for an Officiant for your multi-faith, spiritually based, or same-sex wedding ceremony. Chaplain Davis and other staff of the Office of University Chaplain may be available to conduct ceremonies in St. Paul’s Chapel. For more information regarding Wedding Officiant please call (212) 854-1474. You may also choose to bring your own Officiant to conduct your ceremony.
St. Paul’s Chapel has a restored Aeolian-Skinner organ and a Steinway piano that may be used for weddings. The Administrative Office in St. Paul’s Chapel will help provide you with an organist to play the organ at your wedding. Please note that only the University Organist or Adjunct Organist will be allowed to play the organ. The Office of the University Chaplain staff can also provide recommendations for other musicians.
Your invitations should indicate the following address:
St. Paul’s Chapel
Amsterdam Avenue at 117th Street
New York, NY 10027
Enter through main campus gates at 116th Street and Broadway. There is a campus map on the north side of the 116th Street entrance.
To assure the availability of the Chapel, reserve your rehearsal date and time when you make your wedding reservation.
Photography and videotaping is permitted in the chapel for weddings; however you should discuss with the Officiant when pictures may be taken.
Only cars with disability license plates or permits where previous arrangements have been made will be allowed to park on College Walk. However, up to two cars transporting the wedding couple and immediate family members or guests will be allowed to drop off passengers on College Walk. Afterward vehicles must find parking off campus. Please go to the Columbia Website’s About page and click on Visiting for information on local parking garages.
The chapel, built in 1904, is a historic landmark of New York City, and is rented as-is. There can be no pinning, taping, stapling, or otherwise affixing decorations, signs, etc. to the walls, doors, floors, or woodwork anywhere in Earl Hall or St. Paul’s Chapel. Balloons are not permitted anywhere inside St. Paul’s Chapel. No runners are permitted inside or outside of the chapel. Throwing of any objects, i.e. rice, rose petals, bubbles, confetti, etc., is NOT permitted inside or outside of St. Pal’s Chapel or Earl Hall Center. Pets are not allowed inside the chapel. No food or beverages are allowed inside of the chapel nave. The piano, peace altar, or chairs in the Nave may NOT be rearranged. Violations of any of these restrictions shall constitute grounds for forfeiture of the applicant’s deposit.
Virtual Tour of St. Paul’s Chapel
To see a virtual tour of the interior of St. Paul’s Chapel, click here: Virtual Tour of St. Paul’s Chapel