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Wedding Policy

Please note that in response to COVID-19, the plan for this fall semester is to close campus to the public, with the exception of some necessary functions to keep both the campus and the community around us safe and healthy. Eligible individuals interested in using College facilities for a wedding to be scheduled after June 1, 2021 may submit their application for consideration. The Campus Activities Office will respond to all applications within 7–10 days. Current state and national guidelines will be followed at the time of your proposed event.

The following is for weddings on the Vassar College campus. The Vassar College Alumnae House is another option and has its own policies. Please visit their website for more information.


Campus Activities Chapel Reservation Form


Vassar College students, alumnae/i, employees and immediate family members of those groups may be married on campus.


The Vassar College Chapel and the Shakespeare Garden will be available for weddings on Saturdays at the discretion of the Campus Activities Office based on the Campus Calendar. Weddings and rehearsals will be scheduled at the convenience of the college so as not to conflict with on campus events. Wedding Receptions are not allowed on campus. The Chapel must be available and used as your rain location should you select the Shakespeare Garden as your wedding location.


Wedding requests should be submitted through the Campus Activities office via our website by completing an online application. All applications must be fully completed and must include the names of the wedding couple, their Vassar connection and the requested date and time of the wedding.


Only those couples who have permission to be married on the Vassar Campus may take wedding photographs on the College grounds. Photographs should be taken in public spaces and should not inconvenience Vassar students or employees. Residential houses, and Vassar faculty houses are all off-limits for photographs.

Campus Access

Except for the taking of photographs, wedding parties and guests should stay on campus walkways. Wedding parties and guests are required to obey all on-campus traffic, speed limit, and parking regulations/signs. All guests should respect the privacy of the Vassar students and employees. Parking is allowed in the North and South lots. Vassar is a smoke free campus; you are responsible to inform your guests and will be held responsible for violators.


The fee for use of the Chapel and/or Shakespeare Garden is currently $200. Additional fees may apply for additional services such as special setups or the moving of furniture.
Fees listed are subject to change.


Campus Activties Office at 845-437-5370