Weddings at Neu Chapel
It is our pleasure to welcome you to Neu Chapel located on the beautiful campus of the University of Evansville. As you prepare for your wedding, surrounded by friends and family and in the presence of God, you will find your wedding to be one of the most wonderful days of your life thus far. There are many details to think about when creating the worship service. Choosing flowers, music, decorations, and planning a reception is a lot to think about; let Neu Chapel help make your wedding day one to remember.
Neu Chapel is a non-denominational chapel affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The chapel is open to the community and to all faiths. Though we do not dictate the type of ceremony preformed a church wedding is a worship service; we ask that you remember this is a house of worship and proceed accordingly. With this in mind please read the following policies which govern the use of Neu Chapel and all other facilities at the University of Evansville.
The deposit will be forfeit upon cancellation of your wedding date for any reason, overtime, excessive damage or cleanup, alcohol found on school property or disregard of any policies stated here in.
The sanctuary in Neu Chapel seats approximately 400 guests. In addition to the use of the sanctuary, the bridal party will have use of two additional rooms. Grabill Lounge will be available for the bride and her attendants to dress. The Groom and groomsmen will be in N14.
- Typically the men come already dressed.
- Food or drinks are NOT permitted in the Sanctuary at any time.
- You may bring refreshments into the Bride and Groom's rooms only.
- Neu Chapel is not liable for items left on the property.
Sound System and Music
The chapel sound system consists of microphones available for the minister and readers at no extra charge. Because of the excellent acoustics in the chapel, no microphones are used for musicians or vocalists; music stands are provided as needed. Live music is used for all wedding ceremonies in Neu Chapel. Musicians and vocalists are usually required to be present at the rehearsal. (See Instrument Rental and Musicians information under Neu Chapel Fees.)
Decorations and Flowers
We require that the banners of the UMC along with the American and British flags remain hanging at all times in the sanctuary. These banners speak to our University identity and are permanent fixtures in Neu Chapel. Altar furniture may not be moved, however the altar table may be rolled back or forth as necessary. If using pew decorations please use caution so as not to scratch the wood. Please have someone available to help put up your decorations before the ceremony and to take them down immediately following your pictures. All setup and removal of decorations must be within your allotted time slot. Decorating the night of the rehearsal is not allowed as the chapel is open to the public until 10:00 p.m.
Real flower petals may not be scattered by a flower girl inside; faux petals are fine but you will need to make sure they are picked up when decorations are taken down. You may use real flower petals outside. Sparklers, rice, birdseed, confetti and other similar materials are not permitted for use after the ceremony.
*The sanctuary is sometimes decorated by the church for church seasons or other special occasions. These decorations take precedence over other sanctuary activities. If the time of your wedding coincides with such decorations being present, the church decorations will remain in place.
RehearsalThe rehearsal date and time is confirmed at the same time as the wedding date. 60 minutes is set aside for your rehearsal. Please go over the wedding service in its entirety with your minister before the night of the rehearsal so that the walk through will run smoothly. Anyone participating in the ceremony should attend the rehearsal. It is very important that everyone be on time. All rehearsals will start at the scheduled time regardless of whether or not all of the wedding party is present.
Note: If possible please bring all candles, programs, favors, guest book, bows and silk decorations to the rehearsal.
A Neu Chapel wedding attendant will be present at all rehearsals and weddings. The attendant is here to help make your wedding as worry free as possible and assist you with questions and concerns that may arise at your rehearsal and the day of the wedding. Outside coordinators /planners are welcome.
You are welcome to bring your own minister to perform your ceremony. Rev. Dr. Tamara Gieselman, chaplain at Neu Chapel, is available, schedule permitting, to perform ceremonies. Separate fees apply to each minister.
You must have a valid Indiana marriage license obtained from the Indiana County of residence of either the bride or groom. If neither is an Indiana resident, the license may be obtained in any county in Indiana. Please click here for questions.
Parking is available along Rotherwood and in the campus lot across from the chapel. Parking is not allowed on the campus lawn or in the fire lanes. Please see Neu Chapel map.
Campus Policies and Restrictions
Smoking is strictly prohibited in Neu Chapel. The consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on the university campus at all times. If alcohol is found Security will remove the offending party and your entire deposit will be forfeited.
If you would like to set a time to visit the chapel to look around or discuss your wedding plans with an attendant please call Tammy Gieselman @ 488-2235 or e-mail email@example.com.
Renewal of vows
This type of ceremony is available for couples already married and desiring to renew their commitment to each other. Contact Tammy Gieselman at 488-2235 or e-mail Tammy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost for a renewal ceremony will be determined on a case by case basis, depending on the services provided. Payment for such services will be made prior to the ceremony.