Booking information

The chapel is available to be booked for weddings, celebrations of life, and baptisms/christenings. The chapel is open for bookings only on Saturdays and Sundays.

The chapel is not available for external bookings for faith services, meetings, workshops, speakers, concerts or plays.

Booking times and capacity

Booking Times

Chapel bookings are available in two hour increments:

  • 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • 12:00pm to 2:00pm   
  • 2:00pm to 4:00pm    
  • 4:00pm to 6:00pm     
  • 6:00pm to 8:00pm   

You do not have any access to the chapel before or after your booking time. In your booked time, you have sole and exclusive use of the chapel to decorate and set up without disruption. You are solely responsible for all clean up before the next booking begins. Bookings are back-to-back, please be respectful of other parties. 

For a two hour booking, we reccommend that you give yourself a minimum 30 minutes on either side of the ceremony for set-up and clean up. The ceremony, photo sessions (including lawn photos), guests, and decorations must be completed and cleared by the end of your booking.

Booking times are firm; requests to set-up earlier than your allotted time are not allowed. 

If you required extra time, you may book additional time slots at a slightly discounted cost.

Your booking will be confirmed after we verify chapel attendant availabilty. At that point we will request your payment, which holds the booking.  

Capacity

Main hall maximum seating is 100 people.

Costs

The cost to book the chapel, including for UVic alumni: 
  • $350.00. (For 2-hour booking, includes HST.)
  • $600.00 (For two slots of 2-hours to be booked.)

A half-hour rehearsal is included in the price, and is scheduled to occur the Friday before the event. 

Your booking will be confirmed after we verify chapel attendant availabilty. At that point we will request your payment, which holds the booking.  

Payments

Payments should be made after you have received confirmation from the chapel. Payment must be received within two weeks after confirmation to hold the booking.

Cancellation Policy

Thirty days' notice must be given in order to receive a partial refund.

The cancellation fee is:

  • $70 for the two-hour slot.
  • $120 for a four-hour slot.

Food and beverage

No food or beverages are permitted in the Chapel's Celebration Hall. The Hall is a Sacred Space; eating and drinking are not appropriate. 

Requests to bring personally catered or prepared food/drinks will not be entertained.

The lobby can accomodate up to 30 people for small receptions. Catering is available through the following:

UVic Degrees Catering

Contact Degrees at  or 250-721-8603, to arrange your reception.

University Club of Victoria

The University Club caters wedding receptions from 10 to 250 people. 

For more information, please contact the at 250-721-7938.

Ceremony official

Please engage your own minister or marriage commissioner to perform the wedding service.

A list of Marriage Commissioners in Victoria is available on-line at: http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/marriage/.

Chapel attendant

Our Chapel Attendant will be at your service to open doors, provide general assistance and oversee the building during your ceremony. If you have a rehearsal booked, they will be there to answer any questions about the building and note details about your service.

Chapel Attendants are not responsible, nor liable, for the setup or takedown of your decorations. The Chapel Attendant does not run the CD player or iPod for weddings or memorials/funerals. Please engage one of your friends to run it for you on your wedding day.

Outdoor ceremonies

Ceremonies may be held on the front or back lawn areas. Chairs, anchored tents or furniture, however, cannot be placed on the grass. Only stand-up ceremonies will be accommodated. 

Please note: the Chapel must be booked in order to use the lawn area.

Furniture may not be removed from the chapel building.

Music

You are welcome to use our digital piano (full-sized with weighted keys) or the Yamaha acoustic upright piano located in the Celebration Hall. Requests for the piano to be tuned prior to your service will include an additional $120 for the tuning.

If you need to hire a piano player or wish to employ student musicians, please inquire at our UVic School of Music, 250-721-7903.

A CD player and sound system are available if your music is on CD. Do bring your CD to test your music, if you have a rehearsal booked. Provisions are also available to connect your iPod, if that is preferred.

Please engage one of your friends to run it for you on your wedding day - the Chapel Attendant does not run the CD player or iPod for weddings or memorials/funerals.

Decorations

You are responsible for all decorations required for your ceremony such as flowers and stands, dripless candles and stands, ribbons/bows, linens, table cloths, etc. There is a large stationary table at the front, plus 4 small moveable tables for your use.

Candles

If you are using candles in your ceremony, we request that you please use proper candle-stands with dishes to collect the melting wax. We have had problems with wax stains on the altar table and the carpet in the past. Please help us preserve the chapel in a presentable state so that others may be able to enjoy it as well.

Confetti

Confetti of any type is not allowed including rice, birdseed or flower petals. We would like to have the Chapel in a presentable condition for the reservation that may follow yours.

Finnerty Gardens

For information on the Finnerty Gardens, please visit the following websitehttps://www.uvic.ca/finnerty/index.php

Bequests and donations are welcome. These will be used for the operating expenses of the chapel and its grounds.

Donate

On the Donation Webpage, under “Designation”, please select “Other” and enter “Interfaith Chapel” in the respective field that will appear.

Book of Remembrance

The Book of Remembrance is only for those who have booked the chapel for memorial/celebration of life services. Please click here to submit the name of your loved one to be entered into our Book of Remembrance.

Donate

On the Donation Webpage, under "Designation" please select "Other" and enter "Interfaith Chapel" in the respective field that will appear.

Location and parking

Location

University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel,
Parking Lot #6, off Ring Road,
3800 Finnerty Road,
Victoria BC, V8W 2Y2.

(You may use this address in your invitation cards)

Parking

Paid parking in effect including evenings, except for Sundays and statutory holidays. Their is a flat rate of $3.00 for Saturdays. For more information about parking, please contact the university's Parking and Transportation Coordinator, Patrick Seward, at 250-721-6685 or .

Additional Chapel information

The following are additional details about the Interfaith Chapel:

  • Aisle: 21 ft. from lobby door to first row of chairs. Approximately 5 ft. wide.
  • Chairs: 100 chairs total. Chairs are not to be stacked and left in the meditation room or along the corridors and hallway.
  • Crosses: 2 Christian crosses - 1 small (sits on a stand), 1 large (hangs on a pole). Both stored in the Vestry.
  • Podia: 2 (also referred to as lecterns) 1 large podium with closed-in bottom, 1 smaller podium with pedestal bottom.
  • Tables: 5 - 4 small (18"x36"), 1 large (36"x72", often used as an altar: mostly stays in front).
  • Microphones: 2 with stands and cables.

Furniture are not to be removed from the chapel building.

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