FAQ

  • Is it true there is a two-year waiting list for Kirkpatrick Chapel?

    No. The persistent myth that there is a two-year waiting list at Kirkpatrick Chapel may be the result of the fact that reservations are taken up to two years in advance. At present, there are reservations on the calendar through next year, but the entire year is not booked.

  • Can I have a reception after my ceremony at the chapel?

    No. Kirkpatrick Chapel is not able to accommodate receptions, but there are other venues at Rutgers that do, such as:
    - The Rutgers Club, just a short walk or drive from the chapel in New Brunswick. For more information, visit its website or call 732-932-7139, ext. 6550.
    - Rutgers Gardens-Log Cabin and Alumni Pavilion, a 15-minute drive from the chapel, may be booked for events. For more information, visit the Rutgers Gardens website or call 732-932-8451.

  • Is the chapel air conditioned?

    Kirkpatrick Chapel is not air conditioned; however, we do provide fans for the altar area.

  • Is the chapel heated?

    Yes. The temperature in Kirkpatrick Chapel must be maintained at 70 degrees and above for the health of the organ and portraits.

  • What are the business hours of the Kirkpatrick Chapel office?

    Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • What is the fee to rent Kirkpatrick Chapel?

    Events are scheduled in 1.5-hour intervals. The fee for a wedding is $600. For a memorial, the cost is $400, and for a baptism, the price is $300. Please visit our Services section for more details.

  • Does the chapel have an officiant?

    No. If you are renting Kirkpactrick Chapel for an event, you must provide your own officiant.

  • Where can I find an officiant?

    Visit our Resources page for a list of local ministries.
     

  • Where do I get the marriage license?

    Visit the New Jersey’s Department of Health and Human Services website for details on how to obtain a license and download an application.

    You and your fiancée must take the application in person to the City of New Brunswick Registrar of Vital Statistics, located at Civic Square Plaza Entrance, 78 Bayard Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08903-0269. The phone number is 732-745-5018.

    There is a three-day waiting period before the license can be issued.

  • May I throw rice at a wedding?

    No. The tossing of rice, confetti, flowers, flower petals, or other items is forbidden both inside and outside the facility.

  • May I use flash photography in the chapel?

    Yes. Flash photography is allowed inside and outside the chapel.

  • When may I decorate the chapel?

    Renters may arrange for a florist to decorate the chapel, but the florist will not have access to Kirkpatrick Chapel until the first half hour of the contracted time slot. The florist should provide all flower containers and pedestals. All flowers, decorations, programs, etc. must be removed following the ceremony.

  • How may I decorate the chapel?

    Taping, tacking, stapling, gluing, or otherwise attaching posters, signs, advertisements, and decorations to walls, pillars, or posts inside or outside Kirkpatrick Chapel is not permitted. Rubber bands may be used to attach flowers to the ends of pews.

    If special decorative items are required for your ceremony related to your religious of cultural traditions, please discuss this with Patrick Cogan, the operations manager.

  • May I use an aisle runner?

    Yes, aisle runners are permitted and can usually be purchased from a florist.

  • What are the center aisle dimensions?

    75 feet long x 4 feet ½ inch wide.

  • What are the measurements of the chapel's front doors?

    Each one of the double doors measures 70 inches x 35 inches.

  • How wide/high is the end of the pew?

    The pew ends measure 8 inches at their widest. The circumference is 19 inches, the thickness 2 inches, and they are 36 inches from floor to peak or 33 inches from floor to back of pew.

  • What are the dimensions of the chapel?

    55 feet high, including ornamental gables; 43 feet to roof peak; 116 feet long; 57 ½ feet wide; center aisle is 75 feet; interior ceiling is 36 feet high.

  • What are the dimensions of the altar?

    3 feet high, 5.5 feet wide, and 21 inches deep.

  • How many pews are there in the chapel?

    There are 22 pews on either side of the church, 44 total.

  • What is the capacity of the chapel?

    650 persons is the fire marshall rating.

  • How many parking spaces are in the chapel's parking lot?

    There are 111 regular spaces and four designated accessible spaces. Convenient handicap-accessible parking is located adjacent to the building on a first come, first served basis. Appropriate placards or license plates are required.

  • What are the dimensions of the parking lot gates?

    The gates are 12 feet high and 12 feet wide.

  • Are there electrical outlets available in the chapel?

    Electrical outlets can be found in either pulpit, on the back wall of the church, and just inside the front door.

  • Is there a sound system in the chapel?

    Yes, it includes microphones at the two pulpits, a wireless clip on microphone, a wireless handheld microphone, and a CD player. There is no extra charge to use them.

  • Will the CD player play an Mp3 file?

    Yes, but please note that if you are burning your own disc, it must be finalized as a "Music CD". The player cannot read a "Data CD." Please contact the chapel office if you have any other sound system questions.

  • Who can play the chapel's organ?

    The university organist is Renee Louprette. You can reach her by email or by calling 646-853-1859.

  • Who are the people in the paintings on the walls of the chapel?

    Refer to Portraits in Kirkpatrick Chapel  for descriptions.

  • What are the customs and superstitions surrounding weddings?

    Refer to this Snopes webpage for some interesting reading on the subject.