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Scheduling, Events and Conferences

Weddings at CNU

The Pope Chapel provides a space for reflection, meditation and celebration in the heart of the campus.

The main hall, the Celebration Hall, is an open and inviting space, full of light that can seat up to 325 people. The dais (stage) is situated in front of a beautiful stained glass window. The bride’s room located off of the atrium is a warm and comfortable space designed to calm the most nervous bride before her ceremony. On the other side of the atrium is a conference room suitable for up to 32 people. The Quiet Room, located behind the Celebration Hall is a space for all to use for reflection, meditation and quiet.

This space is outfitted with the latest audio-visual equipment that is designed to be unobtrusive but highly functional. There is projection capability in the Celebration Hall as well as inputs for microphones and additional speakers located on the dais. If you wish to record and broadcast an event held in the Celebration Hall, you can use our Life Size recording equipment and software.

All rates are for facility rental only. Additional charges apply for equipment, labor and catering. Non-traditional reception space will be charged at the full normal rental rate (e.g., outside areas, Trible Library Rotunda, Freeman Center). Traditional reception areas are the David Student Union Ballroom, and the Peebles Theatre lobby and Diamonstein Concert Hall lobby in the Ferguson Center for the Arts. The Chapel is not available for reception use.

Policies and Rates

Christopher Newport alumni, students, faculty and staff, and the children of anyone in those groups:

  • Rate $500 paid by certified check, money order, credit card or cash
  • Two-hour blocks (all activities related to the wedding ceremony, i.e., decorating, ceremony, photography and clean-up must be accomplished within this two-hour period
  • One-hour rehearsal time, either the afternoon or evening preceding the wedding
  • Wedding ceremonies are booked when classes are not in session, i.e., spring break, summer break and fall break.

Christopher Newport alumni, students, faculty and staff, and the children of anyone in those groups:

  • Rate $1,600 for chapel and reception space
  • Total of 10 hours: two hours for the wedding ceremony and eight hours for the reception (all activities related to the wedding, i.e., decorating, ceremony, photography, reception and clean-up must be accomplished in this 10-hour period)
  • Reception packages can only be scheduled when classes are not in session, i.e., spring break, summer break (until August 6) and fall break.

Christopher Newport alumni, students, faculty and staff, and the children of anyone in those groups:

  • Rate $1,250
  • Up to eight hours (all activities related to the wedding, i.e., decorating, ceremony, photography, reception and clean-up must be accomplished in this eight-hour period)
  • Receptions can only be scheduled when classes are not in session, i.e., spring break, summer break (until August 6) and fall break.
  • Rate $2,500 for up to eight hours
  • Space available for rental include David Student Union Ballroom, the Peebles Theatre lobby or the Diamonstein Concert Hall lobby in the Ferguson Center for the Arts
  • Receptions can only be scheduled when classes are not in session, i.e., spring break, summer break (until August 6) and fall break.
  • Live-streaming of the ceremony to off-site locations and/or download to DVD: $250
  • Piano/organ use: $350
  • Organist provided: $200
  • We can provide overnight accommodations in residential rooms on campus for guests during the summer months only (May 30- August 2).
    • $28.50 for double room per person per night + 6 percent tax
    • $31.50 for single per night per person + 6 percent tax
  • I just wanted to send a quick note to you for such a great job with the Riley wedding. We had a great time and Shannon's family were elated. You and your staff were a pleasure to work with and we hope to be there again soon!

    • Kim Pietsch
    • Weddings at CNU
  • Thank you and all your staff for the excellent service and wonderful food. I have received many compliments about the different dishes and have had many requests for the name of the caterer. They were surprised when I said CNU. You definitely are a hidden gem. I give all of you five stars for presentation, service and exceptionally tasteful dishes. Please thank your chef for a job well done. I look forward to utilizing your services again in the near future.

    • Anne McCrae
    • Weddings at CNU
  • We cannot thank you enough for all that you did for us. Our wedding reception was a dream come true, thanks to you. From the food to the facility to the hospitality, your service was top of the line!

    • The Wonnuns
    • Weddings at CNU

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