University of Pittsburgh
Weddings

FAQ

Reserving a date and time

Can I come to the office on the first business day of the month to make my reservation?

Wedding reservations are by telephone only.  The chapel office is closed to walk-in visitors on the first business day of each month.

How can I find out what dates and times are still available?

Check our wedding calendar or call the chapel office for available dates and times.  To make a reservation, call the chapel office Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Fees, cancellations and rescheduling

How much does it cost to be married at Heinz Chapel?

The fee for a wedding at Heinz Chapel is $1500Current and former military personnel - Active, Guard and Reserve - receive a 20% discount. There is a 15% discount if either of the couple holds a degree from the University of Pittsburgh.  Discounts cannot be combined.

May I reschedule my ceremony at Heinz Chapel?

To reschedule, select a new date from the dates and times currently available.  Requests for a rescheduled date received less than 180 days prior to the scheduled wedding will be charged a $250 change fee.  A confirmed wedding date may be rescheduled only one time.

What if I have to cancel my wedding at Heinz Chapel?

There is a $250 handling fee for all cancellations.  If you cancel:

  • Within the first 30 days $1250 will be refunded to your credit card.
  • After 30 days a tax credit of $1,250 will be issued for a cancellation received 180 days prior to the confirmed date.  The $1,000 ($1250 or $1050 as of July, 2015) will be transferred to the Heinz Chapel Building Fund.
  • With less than 180 days to your confirmed date, you forfeit all fees paid to the Chapel.

To cancel, please submit a written letter of request.

Wedding Schedule

Are weddings held on Sundays at Heinz Chapel?

During the months of May, June, July and August, weddings may be scheduled on Sundays at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. These weddings will have a 45 minute rehearsal on the preceding Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively.

Sunday weddings can be reserved following the usual scheduling procedure for each month.  Please consult the specific wedding times.

How much time do I have in the chapel for my ceremony?

Each wedding is given one hour and 45 minutes on the day of the wedding ceremony.  Access to the chapel is allowed 45 minutes prior to the ceremony for preparation and the seating of guests.  One hour is designated for the ceremony and photography.

Can I start my ceremony early?

Adhering to the designated schedule ensures that each wedding receives its allotted time free of disruption.

Can I book two times if I want a longer ceremony or additional time for photographs?

If you would like more than one hour for your ceremony and photographs, you may reserve two wedding times (for example, 11:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.) provided they are available when you call to schedule your ceremony.  Payment is required for each time, so the cost would be doubled.

Is there rehearsal time scheduled for my wedding?

Each wedding has a 45-minute rehearsal at a designated time on the day prior to the wedding.  Please consult the specific wedding times.

Decorations

If I have a unity candle, what do I have to bring?

The chapel can provide a holder for the unity candle.  The wedding couple is responsible for providing a unity candle with a base diameter of 2-3 inches and two side candles.

What other ways may I celebrate the unity ceremony during my wedding?

Only wax candles are allowed for a Unity Ceremony in the Heinz Chapel.  Wine, sand, chemicals, beer, oil or grains are not permitted.  Alcoholic beverages, except for traditional communion wine, are not allowed at wedding ceremonies in Heinz Chapel.

Does Heinz Chapel provide an aisle runner?

Aisle runners are to be provided by the wedding couple or florist.

Does Heinz Chapel provide candelabra?

Candelabra are to be provided by wedding couple or the florist.

Music

Are there microphones in the chapel?

Microphones are available for the wedding couple, officiant, readers, and a vocalist.

Can I play recorded music at Heinz Chapel?

Recorded music is not permitted in Heinz Chapel.

The Wedding Day

What is the address of the chapel for the purpose of my invitation?

Heinz Memorial Chapel
University of Pittsburgh
Fifth and Bellefield Avenues
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

How many people does Heinz Chapel seat?

The chapel seats approximately 400 people.

Are there clergy at the chapel who can perform my wedding?

Heinz Chapel is nondenominational, and no clergy are directly affiliated with the chapel. The wedding couple is responsible for securing the services of an authorized religious or civil officer.

Can I have a receiving line at Heinz Chapel?

Because of the limited time of one hour for ceremony and photography, receiving lines are not permitted at Heinz Chapel.

Can I take pictures of my wedding in Heinz Chapel?

Photography is permitted before, during, and after wedding ceremonies at Heinz Chapel.

Can I include pets as guests or participants in my wedding?

Only service animals are permitted in Heinz Chapel.

Parking

Can I arrange for parking at Heinz Chapel?

Reserved parking on the left side of Bellefield Avenue is provided as part of your reservation.

Is accessible parking available at the chapel?

There are two accessible parking spaces adjacent to the chapel on Bellefield Avenue. You must have the designated plate or hang tag to park in the spaces.

Is the chapel accessible?

A level, paved sidewalk leads from the two accessible parking spaces to an automatic door on the north side of the chapel (facing Fifth Avenue).  An elevator provides access to the chapel and an accessible restroom on the lower level.