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Weddings

Availability

The Helen Hills Hills Chapel serves the functions of the religious and community service groups on campus to the extent that their scheduled activities are priority. The building may be reserved by additional members of the Smith College community when the space is not in use. Members are defined as: current students, alumna/i, current employees, and alumna/i of the Campus School and the Clarke School, Northampton. The family of a Smith College community member is eligible to reserve the space. Family members include: grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, siblings, and children.

Scheduling

Wedding ceremonies are scheduled at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. We cannot accommodate Friday or Sunday weddings during the academic year. Rehearsal times are restricted to one hour at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., or 6 p.m. on the Friday evening before the ceremony. Your reservation begins 1/2 hour before the time of the ceremony and lasts for a total of 2 hours. As an example, if your wedding is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., your reservation is from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., including photography sessions. There are no exceptions to these timeframes. Please be sure your photographer is aware of this time constraint in fairness to the custodial staff and the next bridal party.

Reservations

To obtain information about use of the Chapel for a wedding or other events, please call Maureen Raucher in the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at (413) 585-2754 during the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Facilities

In addition to the sanctuary, the Bodman Lounge and kitchen are available for meetings and receptions. Wine is the only alcoholic beverage allowed anywhere on the premises, and it is permitted only in the Bodman Lounge. Smoking is prohibited.

Charges

The cost for the use of the building for a wedding is $575.00 (this fee is waived only for currently enrolled Smith students). The fee includes a one-hour rehearsal, two hours for the wedding, and the services of a custodian for both the rehearsal and the wedding. The charge for the use of the Bodman Lounge and kitchen for a reception is $100.00.

Personnel Arrangements

Persons reserving the Chapel facility are responsible for making their own arrangements with clergy, an organist, or other musicians. Visiting clergy and musicians are always welcome. Please keep in mind the following: