Weddings at Oriel
It is advisable to contact the Chaplain between nine and twelve months in advance of the proposed date of the service. The Chaplain will be pleased to hear from you and to discuss the possibility. A wedding is a public service and normally takes place in your local parish church in the community of which you are a part. Weddings in Chapel are at the discretion of the Chaplain who will require a letter from your local vicar. There is also a legal process to obtain permission – a 'Special Licence' – from the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Please be advised that a date will not be confirmed more than a year in advance. Availability is dependent on the Chapel schedule, academic and conference diaries. Weddings are generally not possible at Christmas, Easter, or during August/early September.
Weddings are conducted according to the rites of the Church of England. The Chapel seats 92 comfortably. A further 18-20 can be accommodated in the gallery but the view is very restricted. This makes a total capacity of about 110.
It is sometimes possible for public rooms in the College to be hired for drinks after the service or for a wedding reception. To learn more, please contact the Chaplain.