Greetings from Wofford College! We are pleased that you are considering the College as the
place to celebrate your marriage.
It is our hope that this information will be helpful to you in your decision
making and planning, and we look forward to working with you and providing the
necessary services as you prepare for your special day. Please read carefully
the following rules and guidelines.
1. In order to
schedule a wedding at Wofford College, the bride, the groom, or one of their
parents, must have a direct affiliation with Wofford College. A direct
affiliation includes any of the following:
or former Wofford faculty and staff and their children
of Wofford (persons who have completed one full academic year of study
and are listed in the Registrar's Office) and their children
of the Board of Trustees, and Official advisory councils and their
Eligibility will be verified through the Office of the
Registrar, Alumni Office, or Personnel Department. Any falsification of
information will result in the immediate cancellation of the reservation. Please check with the Wedding Director
to determine your eligibility before proceeding with any wedding plans.
2. Read this
information carefully. All weddings
and reaffirmations of wedding vows at Wofford College are governed by the
information in this brochure.
Couples must be familiar with this information.
3. Telephone the Wedding Director at 864/597-4050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a
reservation for your wedding and rehearsal.
4. Promptly complete and return the “Wedding Reservation
Form and Contract” with your check to secure your reservation.
2. REQUIRED FEES
following is a schedule of fees effective July 20, 2009
Leonard Auditorium - $750.00
Mickel Chapel -$400.00
Total fee is due within two weeks of receiving the
application. The fee reserves Leonard and Mickel for a four-hour block of time
on the wedding day, plus a one-hour rehearsal the day before the wedding. See Sections 5.3 - 5.5 for more
information, including a change in fees for holidays and holiday weekends.
Fees may be subject to
change. The fee stated on the approved application will be in effect.
3. APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR RESERVATIONS
1. The Wedding
Director handles all wedding reservations and processes applications. Reservations may be made no more than
one year in advance of the wedding month and no less than six weeks before the
wedding date. Once the reservation
has been made, payment in full is due within fourteen (14) days. Your check, payable to Wofford College,
and the “Wedding Information Form and Contract,” completed and signed, should
be sent promptly to:
Office of the Chaplain
429 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302
2. Receipt of
the above items (check and contract) will secure your reservation. Upon receipt of the application and
fee, the application will be approved and put on the official calendar. A
confirmation letter and a copy of the application will be mailed to the bride. If,
after two weeks (14 days) from the calendar entry date, the deposit and
information form have not been received, the reservation will be canceled.
4. CANCELLATION POLICY
1. Should the
wedding party wish to cancel the reservation at any time, the Wedding Director
should be notified.
postponement will be honored with the original deposit if (1) you call at least
three months prior to the original wedding date, and (2) you reschedule at that
time for a date within one year of the original wedding date.
3. If the
wedding is cancelled, the fee will be refunded, less a $150 processing fee,
providing the Wedding Director is notified of the cancellation 30 days in
advance of the wedding date. Otherwise the entire fee is nonrefundable.
Falsification of the information regarding Wofford affiliation will
result in the immediate cancellation of the reservation without refund of the
1. Weddings may
be scheduled on Saturdays between 10:00am and 8:00pm with a maximum of three
(3) weddings per Saturday.
Rehearsals are scheduled for one hour on Fridays only at the following
times: 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00.
2. If requested
and possible, one (1) wedding may be scheduled on Sundays at 2:00, with the
rehearsal on Saturday mornings at 10:00.
The College Calendar may present conflicts with scheduling
Rehearsal times. Please verify
Rehearsal Time and be certain it is included on your contract.
3. When a
reservation for a wedding is made, the Chapel or Auditorium is reserved for a
one-hour rehearsal the day before the wedding and a four-hour block of time on
the wedding day beginning two hours before the ceremony starts. This puts the starting time of the
wedding ceremony directly in the middle of the time period. Staying within this block of time is
absolutely essential. For example, if you reserve the 6:00 p.m. wedding slot,
your wedding ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. Your reserved time would be 4:00-8:00 p.m., and your
schedule would be:
delivered and decorations set/ Photographs
seated with pre-wedding music
and other decoration removed
Auditorium and Mickel Chapel are reserved for four-hour (4 hour) blocks
of time only. Additional hours, if
available, may be added at a cost of $125.00 per hour. This fee must be paid at least 14 days
before the wedding. No additional time may be added after 14 days
prior to the wedding.
5. The College requests that weddings
avoid holidays and holiday weekends.
In the event that the college agrees to schedule a wedding for a holiday
or holiday weekend, fees are as follows:
Leonard Auditorium - $1,500.00
Mickel Chapel -$800.00
Thanksgiving Day and Weekend
College Christmas Holidays
New Years Day
Memorial Day and Weekend
6. In order to
avoid any misunderstanding about the exact dates and times of your wedding and
rehearsal, you must confirm your wedding date and time with the Wedding
Director prior to ordering invitations. Also, please notify the Wedding
Director of any changes in phone numbers or addresses of the Bride or Groom
prior to the wedding so the contact information will be up to date.
1. You must
find and secure the clergy for your wedding. Any member of the clergy who is ordained and recognized by
his/her denomination and the laws of the State of South Carolina may conduct a
wedding at Wofford College.
Couples are advised to make arrangements for clergy well in advance. Rental
fees do not cover the fees for clergy or musicians.
2. The Wofford
College Chaplain is available on a limited basis to officiate at on-campus
wedding ceremonies for Wofford College. Requests for such services should be
made well in advance and must be made directly to the Chaplain.
7. WEDDING DAY
On the wedding day, hired professionals, wedding
participants, or others should not arrive at the College prior to the scheduled
block of time.
Normally a piano and a pipe organ (Leonard Auditorium) are
available for weddings.
Wedding parties are responsible for obtaining their own musicians. Arrangements for obtaining a key for
the organ must be made with the Wedding Coordinator. Couples are advised to
make arrangements for musicians well in advance. Rental fees do not cover the
fees for musicians or clergy.
You are responsible for printing programs if you wish to
have them. The seal or logo of the College should not be used on the program. A brief description of the College and the history of Main
Building /Leonard Auditorium/Mickel Chapel is available and may be included in
10. FLOWERS AND CANDLES
Flowers containers are to be provided by the Wedding
Party. Adhesives may not be
attached to furniture. Furniture
should not be damaged in any way in an effort to secure flowers.
Dripless candles must be used.
Pictures (including video recordings) requiring flash or
special lighting may not be taken during the Service. Mickel Chapel and Leonard Auditorium must be used as
presented and that includes lighting.
Photographs may be made before and after the Service. Any photography during the Service must
be unobtrusive and use available lighting.
Weddings do not require sound support. However, should you desire
amplification of sound for your Wedding Ceremony, you must consult with the Conference
Coordinator at (864) 597-4404.
Arrangements should be made as soon as possible after the wedding is
confirmed, but no later that one month before the wedding. The fee is
$100.00 for this service and will be due within thirty (30) days before the
13. BUILDING AND GROUNDS
1. Signs or markers may
not be posted on the campus. There are adequate signs on campus showing directions
to the Auditorium or Chapel. Any signs, markers, ribbons, etc. posted are in
violation of the Guidelines and will be removed immediately by Campus Safety.
2. No vehicles are allowed
on college lawns. All vehicles must park in the designated locations. See Section 15 for details about
3. All weddings performed
on campus must be approved by the Office of the Chaplain. Only marriage
ceremonies pursuant to the state laws of South Carolina are permitted.
4. Alcoholic beverages are
not permitted in connection with a wedding.
5. Birds or animals are
not allowed in the Chapels, with the exception of Seeing Eye dogs.
6. Nothing may
be released or thrown at the wedding couple before or after the service, inside
or outside the building, including rice, confetti, potpourri, birdseed, doves,
butterflies, and balloons. Flower girls may not drop petals in the building.
Building is a smoke-free building.
14. DRESSING FACILITIES/WAITING AREA
1. There are
facilities in Main Building (downstairs Women’s Lounge) where the bride may
dress; however, other members of the wedding party should dress for the wedding
ceremony before arriving at the College.
All personal items must be removed from the lounge when the bridal party
moves upstairs. Items may be
placed on the back pews, making them easy to retrieve after the wedding. It would be helpful to assign one
person to double-check the lounge and the pew after the ceremony. Florist boxes and paper, garment bags,
programs, etc., are to be removed from the Chapel/Auditorium.
2. The Chapel/Auditorium
must be left exactly as it was prior to the Service. Wofford College is not
responsible for any valuables left anywhere at any time in Main Building.
1. Parking is
available only in designated spaces on wedding days for the wedding party. You
may use parking only during the block of time you have reserved for your
2. There is no
parking on Campus Drive.
3. Please note
that parking is not reserved for wedding rehearsals; therefore, please instruct
members of your wedding party to allow ample time to locate parking or to have
a driver drop off wedding participants.
16. WEDDING LICENSE
1. To get
married in the state of South Carolina, you need to obtain a marriage license.
The following requirements apply to both residents and non-residents:
bride and groom must appear together at the office of a South Carolina county
probate judge and file a written application. This application asks for the
full name, social security number, age, and place of residence of the bride and
the groom. It is a sworn statement that must be signed by the bride and the
groom and then notarized in the office of the probate judge.
2. A South
Carolina marriage license is valid only for marriages performed in South
Carolina. There is no expiration date for a South Carolina marriage license.
The College schedules Wedding Receptions through the Conference Coordinator at (864) 597-4404.