Rehearsal and Wedding

​Rehearsal and Wedding ​

One hour has been scheduled for rehearsal time the day prior to the wedding date. If the rehearsal begins late due to the late arrival of the wedding party, the time allotted will be reduced by that amount. The rehearsal must end and the Chapel vacated by the original scheduled time. The rehearsals are assigned at 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. during the school year and 5:00, 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. during the summer months.

The wedding schedules available for your ceremony are as follows:

School calendar months: (September - May)

Two ceremonies per Saturday with a three hour allotted wedding schedule. First scheduled ceremony will determine the second three-hour allotted wedding schedule.

Summer months: (June - August)​ 

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Wedding service at 11 or 11:30 a.m. 

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.  Wedding service at 2:30 or 3 p.m.

5 - 8 p.m. Wedding service at 6 or 6:30 p.m.

Charge for the use of Harbison Chapel: 

$400.00 if either one of the parties is a GCC student, graduate or former student
$450.00 if neither party is a former student or graduate.
($50.00 nonrefundable fee due to cancellation: NO REFUND if cancellation is less than 3 months prior to wedding date)

A wedding hostess will be present to assist only as requested at the rehearsal and ceremony; therefore no external wedding director or consultant is necessary. By the time of the rehearsal the wedding couple should be prepared to delegate which usher is to seat whom, who will lay the crash (aisle runner), who is to remove clothing and personal possessions, the order in which the bridesmaids will process, and which groomsman will be paired with which bridesmaid. Selection of music must be made prior to the rehearsal.

The day of the ceremony, the wedding party may have use of the Chapel and the Bride's Room within the three-hour allotted wedding schedule. This would include the florist delivery and decorating. The ceremony begins with the procession.

The bride's room is in the Narthex of the Chapel. The bride and her attendants may dress there. Furniture and other fixtures in the Chapel may not be moved. The preferred area for the ushers to dress is in the choir robe room off the Chancel area. Clergy may robe there as well.

Rest rooms are located on the lower level of the Chapel and at each side of the Chancel area. Smoking, food and drink are prohibited in the Chapel at all times.

Following the Ceremony

To protect the beauty of the grounds and for environmental considerations, the releasing of balloons or birds is prohibited. No rice, confetti, birdseed or other materials may be thrown in the Chapel or on the Chapel grounds.

Be sure you have made arrangements to remove your flowers, candles, etc. from the sanctuary immediately following your ceremony.

If time permits, by decision of the Wedding Hostess, the wedding party, parents and clergy may return to the Chancel area for posed photos. Within the three-hour time designation, the wedding party, guests, florists and photographers must be clear of the chapel and grounds, and all automobiles must be removed. Remember there is probably another wedding ceremony about to take place.

It is the responsibility of the wedding couple to ensure that all personal property is removed from the Chapel premises immediately following the ceremony. Grove City College is not responsible for lost items. 

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