Originally, the Chapel was an Episcopal Church, but it is now considered non-denominational, and is utilized for weddings, christenings, and for funerals. It is managed by a Board of Directors comprised of one member from each of the following: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, the Sons and Daughters of Idaho Pioneers, and Boise State University.
Preservation of the building interior and intent is enhanced by the altar preparation, particularly for weddings. The chapel caretaker will place the original candleholders, cross, and lace in their appropriate positions on the altar before each event. Prevention of damage to the floors and walls precludes moving the organs or bringing in any other heavy instruments. Additionally, throwing rice in the interior is prohibited due to cleaning difficulties. Flower arrangements are permitted inside the Chapel, and flower petals can be dropped down the aisle before the bride. Bubbles and birdseed can be used outside.
The fee for events is utilized to maintain the structure and pay utilities and salary for the attendant. Each event requires a completed Lease Agreement and the required fee at least 6 weeks in advance of the date of the event. Additional donations are accepted at any time. Donation envelopes can be found in the Chapel.
The Christ Chapel is a historical building and does not have ramp access. There are 5 steps leading up to the main entrance. Individuals in wheelchairs can sit in the front. The bridal party usually stands up on the stairs. Those sitting in the front in wheelchairs will not be too close for comfort to the bridal party. The pews in the back are next to the wall and, as a result, placing a wheelchair there is not an option.
Chapel weddings are normally scheduled for three hours and rehearsals for one hour. It is imperative that you decorate and schedule flower arrangement delivery within that time period. For deliveries, the physical address of the Chapel is 1010 Cesar Chavez Lane. All decorations left in the Chapel after your event period will be disposed.
The Christ Chapel caretaker will normally open the building for your event 10 minutes before your scheduled time. Should this not occur, please call the Facilities, Operations, & Maintenance office at 426-1409 or Valerie Miller at 344-4817 and relay a message that you need the Christ Chapel opened for an event. An alternate call can also be made to Campus Safety at 426-1453.