Marriages at Siena College

Marriages at Siena College

Your wedding ceremony is a sign of your love and lifelong commitment to each other. It is an expression of your faith in God and your faith in each other and is, therefore, one of the most significant events of your lives. The Chaplain's Office is happy to assist you with your marriage preparations. To assure that these preparations progress smoothly, please read the following information.

What you need to know:

Eligibility

Permission for the weddings at Siena College may be granted only to the following:

  1. Alumni/Alumnae of Siena College
  2. Students currently matriculating for a degree at Siena College
  3. Faculty, administrators and staff of Siena College and their children
  4. Relatives of Franciscan friars

General Information

  • Only Roman Catholic religious ceremonies are permitted.
  • The St. Mary of the Angels Chapel seats approximately 225 people.
  • The time for your wedding depends on the availability of the Chapel and the priest or deacon who is officiating. Because we are a Chapel on an active college campus, weddings are normally scheduled on Friday evenings or during the day on Saturday. Times when the chapel is available for weddings: 
    - Friday at or after 5 p.m.. with a Thursday Rehearsal after 6 p.m.
    - Saturday at or after 11 a.m. until 6:00 P.M. with a Friday Rehearsal after 5 p.m.
  • The officiating priest or deacon conducts the rehearsal usually the evening before the wedding.
  • The Chapel must be reserved for your wedding a minimum of 6 months before your wedding date.
  • You are responsible to provide the Roman Catholic clergy to officiate at your wedding. You are welcome to ask a friar-priest from Siena College or another Roman Catholic priest or deacon to officiate at the ceremony.

Music

Kate Kaufman Burns is the Director of Liturgical Arts for the Office of the College Chaplain and is happy to assist you in the planning of your ceremony. On occasion Kate is also available to play and sing at weddings. When she is not available she will help connect you with musicians who can assist you.

An organ and a piano are available in the Chapel.

Photography

We understand the importance of preserving your wedding ceremony on film or video. You should inform your photographer(s) of the Sacramental nature of the ceremony. Photographers and video personnel must be discreet and respectful during the ceremony so a prayerful spirit prevails throughout the entire ceremony.

Photographs may be taken inside the Chapel immediately after the ceremony, unless there are other services scheduled to take place in the Chapel after the ceremony.

Photographs are permitted in the front area outside the Chapel after the ceremony and the Grotto area, provided the area is cleared within the designated completion time of the reservation.  Photographs are not permitted in any other areas of the college.

Fee

There is a $500.00 fee for the use of Siena College’s St. Mary of the Angels Chapel.

This fee includes:

  • Two-hour block on day of ceremony.
  • One-hour block on preceding day for rehearsal.
  • Assistance of a student worker or staff person at the Chapel during rehearsal and ceremony.

Upon securing your reservation for your Marriage Ceremony at St. Mary of the Angels Chapel, a packet containing additional information as well as our complete Wedding Policy Agreement will be sent to you.


If you have any questions please contact Colleen Sheedy, at chaplainsoffice@siena.edu or at 518-783-2332.