Wedding Planning Checklist
A wedding in a chapel usually allows a formal wedding, with a stage acting as the focus of the wedding ceremony, and people sitting in pews below.
Chapels which allow civil marriage celebrants to perform civil wedding ceremonies, include school chapels, non-denominational chapels and chapels in historical villages which are not used for religious purposes.
Couples are able to decorate such chapels with floral arrangements both on the stage, as well as in window niches, around the door and the pews.
Chapel weddings have their advantages and disadvantages:
1. The aisle for the wedding March may be narrow, affecting how the bride will be escorted and what sort of wedding dress she will wear
2. The chapel may have no air conditioning and may be very hot during a summer wedding
3. If the chapel has a gallery, it will give the wedding photographer opportunity for great shots of both the bride and groom, the wedding party and all the wedding guests
4. On the other hand, the wedding photographer may be restricted in his or her movements on the floor of the chapel
5. Tossing flower petals, glitter, confetti or seeds by the flower girl may not be allowed
6. There's usually an organ on site which may allow for live music for the wedding march, and the acoustic being so good you might even consider being accompanied by a favourite song or a wedding hymn.
7. There may be two or three steps near the alter where the bridesmaids and the groomsmen can stand, and the flower girl and the ring bearer can sit.
8. Place an attractive pillow for the young attendants so they know where they're supposed to sit.
9. If all the wedding party can't be accommodated, perhaps the best man and the Maid of Honour can stand in that area while the rest of the wedding party sit with the guests.