Wedding chapels offer the elements of sanctity associated with a church, without the constraints and formality found in a traditional house of worship. It’s the best of both worlds. With Houston being a cultural melting pot, interfaith, same sex and encore marriages are not uncommon. Several Houston area venues have wedding chapels on site or separate areas for non-denominational wedding ceremonies.
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These wonderful venues appeal to many engaged couples for a variety of reasons. Case in point: many traditional churches forbid marriage ceremonies to be performed for non-members, and secular weddings that included nonreligious wording and vows are forbidden in most religious traditions. Also, there are oftentimes protocols and dress codes with traditional church weddings in a variety of faiths that many couples find simply too rigid or even constricted. Furthermore, many religious traditions unfortunately do not recognize or support same-sex marriages.
By contrast, a wedding chapel offers a venue that can accommodate your exact vision of the perfect ceremony. Your big day can be as secular, nondenominational or religious as you wish. It can be long or short, formal or casual, elaborate or simple, and traditional or downright funky. You can combine traditional elements from any number of religious faiths. You can have a Justice of the Peace, a nondenominational minister, a family elder, or your best friend presiding. In terms of creativity, rituals, symbols, wording and tone, the sky is the limit—whether you want Tibetan singing bowls, balloons festooning the alter, or your dog as the ring bearer, a wedding chapel offers the flexibility to have whatever your heart desires.
Then there are the logistics. The chapel offers the setting for the ceremony, then guests simply walk to an adjacent reception area. No driving across town, travel time, no separating the guests from the wedding party. Everyone simply enjoys the exchange of vows near a lake, dock, under a gazebo or in front of a fireplace, then strolls over to enjoy the reception, cocktails and dinner.
In sum, a wedding chapel offers the ambiance and look of a serene, calm and peaceful house of worship—conveying a sense of the union being blessed by a higher power—yet remains a deeply personal, intimate experience.