Due to COVID-19, Kanley Chapel is currently in hibernation mode and Western Michigan University is unable to host weddings or other events at this venue. For more information, please email Connor Kirkpatrick or call (269) 387-4866.
Kanley Chapel Terms and Procedures
To the fullest extent permitted by law, the undersigned agrees that they shall be jointly and severally liable for and shall defend, indemnify and hold Western Michigan University, its Board, President, Officers, Employees, Agents, Students and Representatives, harmless from and against all claims, demands, damages, suits, liabilities and expenses arising out of any acts or omissions of the undersigned, or of their guests or invitees, while using the facility. Damages and/or losses will be billed directly to the undersigned.
If Western Michigan University and Kanley Chapel cannot provide the facility to the undersigned on the date and time requested as a result of acts beyond its control such as public emergency, inclement weather or acts of God, the undersigned waive any and all claims that they may have against Western Michigan University, its Board, President, Officers, Employees, Agents, Students and Representatives for any losses, damages or expenses there from.
Reservations are confirmed on a “first come, first served” basis. The $20 nonrefundable deposit is due when this reservation is delivered to the Kanley Chapel Building Coordinator. This deposit reserves one hour for a rehearsal and three hours the day of the wedding. If more time is requested for the wedding it is $75/hour and must be requested at the time of the reservation. The date and time are not reserved until this form and deposit are received. Before they are received, Western Michigan University reserves the right to reserve the date for another party.
No items may be attached to floors, walls or ceilings, in the facility by methods of nailing, stapling, tacking or taping except flower arrangements or decorations on the end of the pews. These must be secured by covered wire or pins. No lighted candles in any areas except those specified in the “Event Planning Guide”. Except for the minimal use of sacramental wine during the wedding ceremony, no alcoholic beverages shall be brought into, used, or distributed in or outside of the facility. Also, Kanley Chapel is a non-smoking facility.
Access to Kanley Chapel is available between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m..
Western Michigan University is not liable for the loss, theft, or damage to property belonging to the undersigned and their guests and invitees. Other University events can be scheduled on the day of the event, which might interfere with the undersigned’s use of the adjacent parking facilities.
The undersigned acknowledges and agrees that they must comply with all University rules, requirement and prohibitions including, but not limited to those concerning the use of alcohol and drugs and those concerning fire, flame or other activities deemed dangerous by the University. The undersigned has been provided with a brochure setting forth additional rules governing the use of the facility.
It is understood that this agreement is a complete understanding between the parties. No changes can be made to this contract unless they are in writing and signed by all of the parties.