Loyola University Maryland

Campus Ministry

FAQ

Where can guests park for the rehearsal and wedding?

Rehearsal (Friday) parking information:

 Location Availability Cost Distance
Jenkins/Beatty Parking Lot Available  ~ $5 per car 1-3 min walk
Butler Hall Parking Lot Available after 4 PM Free  10-15 min walk
N. Charles Street & 
Cold Spring Lane
Unavailable from 4-6 PM.
Cars are towed during this time.
Free 3-10 min walk

 

Wedding Ceremony (Saturday) parking information:

 Location Availability Cost Distance
Jenkins/Beatty Parking Lot Typically Available * Free  1-3 min walk
N. Charles Street &
Cold Spring Lane
Available Free 3-10 min walk
Butler Hall Parking Lot Available Free

10-15 min walk 

*Notes:

Please convey all parking options to your guests.  If there is a special event on campus, the Jenkins/Beatty Lot may fill up.  

To be courteous to the next wedding party, we ask that your guests vacate their spaces within 30 minutes of the end of your ceremony. 

Limos and Shuttles:

If you have limos, shuttles, or charter buses, they may drop off your wedding party and guests in the Jenkins/Beatty lot.  However, please note that these vehicles are not allowed on the cobblestone/slate area in front of the Chapel.  Please contact Paolo Bisante at 410-617-5450 or pbisante@loyola.edu for additional parking information for these vehicles.

Handicapped Parking Information:

There are 7 handicapped spots: 5 behind Jenkins Hall and 2 behind Beatty Hall.  The 2 handicapped spots closest to the Chapel will not automatically be available.  If you have a guest with a disability or who is elderly and will need these spots, you must do the following:

One month to two weeks prior to your wedding, send an email to Loyola advising us that you will need one or both of these spots.  The email should be addressed to tfox@loyola.edu and pbisante@loyola.edu with a copy to weddings@loyola.edu.  Please be sure to include your name, wedding date, and ceremony start time.  On your wedding date, these spots will be held by orange cones.  Someone in your party will need to move the cones out of the way for your guests.

Is there a list of priests at Loyola that we can contact to preside at our wedding?

Unfortunately, we do not have a list of Jesuit priests who are on reserve or who regularly perform wedding ceremonies at Loyola. Couples have asked Jesuits who they have had as instructors to preside over their wedding, however, availability can never be guaranteed. Typically, couples contact a priest or minister from their own parish and ask them to preside over the wedding here. If you are not currently registered members of a parish, we recommend joining the parish that you attend most frequently. You are also welcome to invite a priest or deacon from your family's home parish, even if this is outside of Baltimore. Once we receive the name and address of the priest or minister that you have selected (which must be included on your reservation form), we send them a welcome letter with information on the services we will provide for them while they are at Loyola.

Can I have other musicians perform at our ceremony?

In the wedding liturgy, the bride and groom are ministers of the sacrament of marriage. Musicians are chosen because of the ministry they fill and the professional quality of their art. A cantor, or leader of song, is indispensable at wedding liturgies. The task of this person is to enable and motivate the song of the assembly. This is different from a soloist who usually performs for an assembly, although the roles are not mutually exclusive. Therefore the organist and cantor must be part of Loyola's Music Ministry team. Additional instruments and soloists are permitted to perform subject to the approval of the director of music and liturgy. Please see our additional information regarding your wedding music on the Music and Liturgy Preparation packet that is mailed to you in your wedding welcome packet. This will be sent to you shortly after we receive your reservation form and check.

What are the photography guidelines for the chapel?

All photography and videography must respect the sanctity of the Chapel and the wedding ceremony.  Therefore, the following guidelines are in place:

  • Video cameras with extra or special lights may not be used during the ceremony.  Flash photography may not be used during the ceremony, but may be used during the processional/recessional.
  • Cameras on tripods may be placed in the balcony and south transept only (to the left of the altar).
  • Hand-held cameras are allowed in center aisle no further than twelve pews from the rear of the Chapel.
  • Cameras are not allowed in the sanctuary area (ie. on the altar, anywhere on the green carpet).
  • The photographer must at all times be unobtrusive.
  • The wedding party must leave the Chapel one and a half hours after the scheduled start of the ceremony.  Outdoor pictures are allowed after this time but must be respectful of other wedding parties on campus on the same day.

We would love to share your wedding photos!  Please send any photos taken at Loyola that you are willing to share to weddings@loyola.edu; with photographer permission, they will be shared on our Instagram account @loyolamdweddings and photography credit will be given.

Do I need to hire a wedding planner for the ceremony?

You will be assigned a wedding sacristan who will be present for both your rehearsal and ceremony.  The sacristan will coordinate with your presider, vendors, and bridal party; will manage the chapel operations, such as the lights and microphones; and will assist with the processional and recessional.  You do not specifically need to hire a wedding planner or day-of coordinator to assist with the ceremony.  If you have hired a wedding planner for your reception, they are welcome to attend the rehearsal and ceremony and work with the sacristan to help your wedding day run smoothly.

Can we do a "first look" on campus?

Yes!  You are allotted 2.5 hours inside the chapel, beginning 1 hour before your ceremony start time.  However, you are welcome to be outside on campus before and after your chapel time block.  We ask that if other weddings are taking place on campus, please be respectful of all parties and allow a wedding to take pictures in front of the chapel immediately after their ceremony.  In general, you should plan to arrive at least 1 hour before your start time if you plan to take pictures on campus before the ceremony.

The sacristan for your wedding will arrive no later than 1 hour prior to your ceremony.  Before this time, we cannot guarantee that you will have access to the chapel.  After you have taken your "first look" pictures, there may be a classroom available underneath the chapel where you can wait while your guests arrive prior to the ceremony.  However, this is not guaranteed and may not be available pending other university events scheduled for the same day.  In the event that a classroom is not available, there is a hallway area where your bridal party can wait for the ceremony to begin.

Can the bridal party get dressed at the church?

No.  We do not have the facilities to enable the bride, groom, or bridal party to get dressed at the church.  Typically the groom and groomsmen arrive 30-60 minutes prior to the ceremony.  If you are not having a "first look" and taking pictures, the bride and bridal party will be brought into the church from your mode of transportation immediately before the processional begins.  Please note that for the bride and bridesmaids, there is not easy access to a restroom in the back of the chapel, so you should arrive at the chapel prepared for the ceremony to begin.

Why no aisle runner?

We have encountered incidents in which guests have injured themselves on the aisle runners while exiting the pews during the ceremony. Some injuries have been serious enough to negatively affect the mood of the ceremony. Therefore, we do not allow the use of aisle runners for the safety of your guests and the harmony of your special day.

What is the refund policy for the Chapel?

In the unfortunate circumstance that your wedding ceremony at Loyola must be cancelled, our refund policy is as follows:

Chapel Reservation Fee ($500)

More than 6 months before ceremony: $450 refunded
Within 6 months of ceremony: $250 refunded

Cantor and Organist Fees ($200 each)

More than 60 days before ceremony: 75% refunded
30-60 days before ceremony: 50% refunded
Within 30 days of ceremony: no refund

I was married at Loyola.  How do I obtain copies of my marriage records?

Since Loyola is not a parish, we do not have the facility to store records for weddings which have taken place in the chapel.  Our records are stored at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, which is located up the street from Loyola.  If your wedding has already taken place and you need copies of your records, please contact the Cathedral directly:

Office Manager: Lisa Kantz     -     lkantz@cmoq.org     -     410-464-4006