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Common Questions and Answers

Weddings at St. Luke's Chapel


What does the fee cover?
A three-hour time period for the ceremony, with the ceremony itself taking place one and a half hours into that period. This allows time for the bride and bridesmaids to dress, the florist to decorate the Chapel and time for photographs before the ceremony. The second hour and a half are for the ceremony, additional photographs and the removal of all flowers, decorations and trash that were brought into the Chapel. One hour for the rehearsal is included. 

What does the fee not cover?
A minister, floral arrangements, musicians, photographer, wedding director, printed materials, aisle runner or cost of guest parking. See a list of organists, musicians, vocalists, wedding directors, photographers and ministers on MUSC's campus.

Is there an organ or piano?
A beautiful pipe organ built by the Bedient Organ Company was constructed specifically for St. Luke's after Hurricane Hugo destroyed the old organ. The chapel does not have a piano, but a piano may be rented only with the approval of the Chapel director.

Does the Chapel have an organist?
No, but there is a list of available organists in the Charleston area. The organ can be played by anyone the bride chooses. Organists not familiar with this organ may require practice time.

When can the organist practice?
Time can be arranged with the Chapel Director for the organist to practice. If this practice time can be scheduled during the regular hours that the Chapel is opened (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there isn't a charge. If additional time is required and can be scheduled, there will be a $50/per half hour charge.

How early can the florist arrive to decorate the Chapel?
The florist can arrive when the reservation begins, 1 ½ hours prior to the ceremony.

When must the flowers and other decorations be removed from the Chapel?
By the end of the reservation, l ½ hours after the ceremony begins.

Is there a room for the bride and/or bride's attendants to change?
Yes, there is a bride's room with an attached bathroom.

Are there candles at the altar?
Yes, there are two large candles. Also, there are two candelabras holding seven candles each. Candles are provided and can be seen lit in the photograph of the altar elsewhere in this website. An ornate candlelighter is available. The wedding party is responsible for lighting the candles.

How long is the aisle?
Seventy-three feet

Does the Chapel have a sound system?
Yes, there are two cordless, handheld microphones (stands are available) and one cordless, lapel microphone. The sound system can accommodate iPods.

Can flower petals, birdseed, bubbles or rice be used inside or outside the Chapel?

Is a kneeling bench available?

Is parking available?
All parking must be arranged with the Medical University of South Carolina Office of Parking Management (843) 792-8771. A parking lot is adjacent to the Chapel. Parking for the wedding party is included in the fee. Complimentary guest parking may be arranged.

Is there an area for a reception?
No, an area is not available. Food and drink are prohibited in the Chapel (except for ceremonial purposes).


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