Facilities Available

General Info

The A. D. Bruce Religion Center is located within the heart of the University of Houston Campus. The Religion Center is available for religious occasions  to members of the community, currently enrolled students, alumni, and currently employed administrators, faculty and staff. The chapel is located on the 548-acre university campus and is surrounded by parks, fountains and plazas. Over 200 weddings are conducted here each year in one of Houston's most beautiful and popular chapels, the University Chapel.

Facilities

The A. D. Bruce Religion Center boasts two chapels. The University Chapel has the capacity to seat 275 people and is the more popular of the two. The Meditation Chapel has a capacity for 30 people. The area covered by wedding reservation includes only the chapel itself and in the case of the main chapel, the adjoining lobby and assigned dressing rooms. Organists are available at an additional fee.

Forms

Wedding Rehearsal / Ceremony Requests
Facilities Use Agreement Form for Public Entities (Addendum D)

Please contact the AD Bruce Religion Center for reservation forms for Quinceañeras, Funerals / Memorials and Special Events in the University Chapel.

Fees

University Chapel Event Rates (seats 275)

Saturday Rates – 2 hour time blocks for 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM Events

UH Student $700
UH Faculty – Staff – Alumni [Main Campus ONLY] $850
Community $1000
Sunday Rates - 2 hour time block for 1:30PM & 4:30PM Events
UH Student $550
UH Faculty – Staff – Alumni [Main Campus ONLY] $675
Community $775
Fees include room rental for rehearsal and ceremony, pipe organ, piano, PA/microphones

Meditation Chapel Event Rates (seats 30)

Saturday/Sunday Rates – 2 hour time block for 3:30 PM Event Only

UH Student $225
UH Faculty – Staff – Alumni [Main Campus ONLY] $275
Community $400

Fees include room rental for ceremony only. No additional services included.

The Pipe Organ/Organist Fee for the Meditation Chapel is $200 and includes a brief consultation several weeks prior to the ceremony.  Additional fees may be required if additional time is needed for consultation or for rehearsal time(s) with a soloist.  A customer may request their own organist, however the University appointed organist must be present and serves as a consultant.

UH Discount

The UH Discount applies only if the bride and/or groom are either current students, a faculty/staff member or are an alumnus of the University of Houston [77004]. All other patrons are assessed the community rate for Saturday and Sunday events.

Payment

All Payments are due in full upon confirmation. Payments must be in the form of a

  • personal check,
  • money order or
  • cashier check

and made payable to: UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON. 

Please, indicate in the MEMO section on your payment your wedding date and time.

Full payment is required within 10 business days when submitting a reservation request. 

If required, a payment can be split into two payments to coincide with an individual’s payroll cycle.  However, fifty-percent (50%) of reservation fee is required when submitting the reservation request.  FULL PAYMENT must be received within 30 days of making the reservation.

Cancellations and Change of Date Fees/ Refunds

Reservation fees paid for University Chapel events canceled more than 120 days prior to the scheduled date will be refunded minus a one hundred dollar ($100) processing fee for each 2-hour time block.

Reservation fees paid for Meditation Chapel events canceled more than 120 days prior to the scheduled date will be refunded minus a fifty dollar ($50) processing fee.

Cancellations for both University and Meditation Chapel events made less than 120 days prior to the scheduled date will not be refunded.

Refund and cancellation notifications must be made in writing or by email to adbrc@uh.edu.  University policy now requires refund / cancellation payments to be made by electronic deposit.  Upon receipt of a cancellation notice, the customer will receive an email with the required forms to be completed and returned to A. D. Bruce Religion Center.

A client requesting a University Chapel Change of Date will require a one hundred dollar ($100) change of date fee. 

The Change of Date fee for the Meditation Chapel is fifty dollars ($50).

Date changes to a tentative and confirmed reservation are to be in writing/email and will be made only upon receipt of the Change of Date Fee. 

A Change of Date payment can be made with a

  • personal check,
  • money order or
  • cashier check

and made payable to: UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON. 
Please, indicate in the MEMO section on your payment your NEW wedding date and time.

Wedding Policies

Introduction

Wedding policies for the A.D. Bruce Religion Center have been establish by the Religion Center Policy Board, a University wide committee made up of representatives of the student body, faculty, administration and campus religious groups. These policies seek to accommodate wedding parties while at the same time taking into consideration the needs of University related groups, which also use the Center for various other purposes. These policies, coupled with the overall Calendar Board Policies on the use of University facilities, give the official University posture on the use of the A.D. Bruce Religion Center for weddings and other University Chapel special events.

Reservations

Wedding reservation requests can be made for any future date and are taken on a first received first honored basis.  Brides and their families should check for date and time availability BEFORE securing the services of a reception facility.

A TENTATIVE Booking indicates the space/facility is reserved with complete event details included but full payment is still outstanding.

A CONFIRMED Booking indicates the space/facility is reserved, all fees are paid in full and all event details/information have been submitted.

When

Weddings may be scheduled in the Religion Center for Saturdays and Sundays. Weddings may be held any day of the week ONLY during vacation periods and other times when classes are not in session. No weddings may be scheduled during official university holidays or high holy days of the charter religious groups. Wedding time blocks are specific. A wedding party may request two back-to-back time blocks to accommodate an expanded ceremony and will be charged for two time blocks.  The Saturday morning time block is set for 3 hours.  All other Saturday and Sunday time blocks are two hours.

University Chapel Recommended Ceremony Timelines

10:00 or 10:30  a.m. CEREMONY (Recommended)

8:30 a.m. Access to the Dressing Rooms [202 and 204 ADBRC]
  Florist can begin unloading; flowers to wedding party
8:30 a.m. Access to the University Chapel begins for decorating
9:00 a.m. PAID RESERVATION BEGINS
9:30 a.m. Decorating should be completed
10:15 a.m. Begin seating guests
10:30 a.m. CEREMONY BEGINS – Processional
10:50 a.m. Ceremony ends
11:00 a.m. Photographs
11:30 a.m. Photographs end
  Clean up begins
11:55 a.m. Clean up ends
12:00 p.m. PAID RESERVATION ENDS

1:30 p.m. CEREMONY (Recommended)

12:30 p.m. Access to the Dressing Rooms [202 and 204 ADBRC]
  Florist can begin unloading; flowers to wedding party
12:45 p.m. Access to University Chapel begins for decorating
1:00 p.m. PAID RESERVATIONS BEGINS
1:10 p.m. Decorating should be completed
1:15 p.m. Begins seating guests
1:30 p.m. CEREMONY BEGINS – Processional
1:50 p.m. Ceremony ends
2:00 p.m. Photographs
2:30 p.m. Photographs end
  Clean up begins
2:55 p.m. Clean up ends
3:00 p.m. PAID RESERVATION ENDS

4:30 p.m. CEREMONY (Recommended)

3:30 p.m. Access to the Dressing Rooms [202 and 204 ADBRC]
  Florist can begin unloading; flowers to wedding party
3:45 p.m. Access to the University Chapel begins for decorating
4:00 p.m. PAID RESERVATIONS BEGINS
4:10 p.m. Decorating should be completed
4:15 p.m. Begins seating guests
4:30 p.m. CEREMONY BEGINS – Processional
4:50 p.m. Ceremony ends
5:00 p.m. Photographs
5:30 p.m. Photographs end
  Clean up begins
5:55 p.m. Clean up ends
6:00 p.m. PAID RESERVATION ENDS

7:30 p.m. CEREMONY (Recommended)

6:30 p.m. Access to the Dressing Rooms [202 and 204 ADBRC]
  Florist can begin unloading; flowers to wedding party
6:45 p.m. Access to the University Chapel begins for decorating
7:00 p.m. PAID RESERVATIONS BEGINS
7:10 p.m. Decorating should be completed
7:15 p.m. Begins seating guests
7:30 p.m. CEREMONY BEGINS – Processional
7:50 p.m. Ceremony ends
8:00 p.m. Photographs
8:30 p.m. Photographs end
  Clean up begins
8:55 p.m. Clean up ends
9:00 p.m. PAID RESERVATION ENDS

Meditation Chapel Recommended Ceremony Timeline

The Meditation Chapel (rm. 201) is available only from 3-5 on Saturdays and Sundays.

4:00  p.m. CEREMONY (Recommended)
 
3:00 p.m. Access to the Meditation Chapel begins for decorating
3:15 p.m. Decorating should be completed
3:30 p.m. Finalize plans / Guests gather
4:00 p.m. CEREMONY BEGINS
4:20 p.m. Ceremony ends
4:30 p.m. Photographs
4:45 p.m. Photographs end
  Clean up begins
4:55 p.m. Clean up ends
5:00 p.m. PAID RESERVATION ENDS

NOTE: There are no rehearsal times or dressing rooms for Meditation Chapel Events

Where

The University Chapel (rm. 122) has a seating capacity of 275 people and is the main area available for weddings. The Meditation Chapel (rm. 201) is also available for weddings of thirty or less occupants. Dressing rooms, rehearsal time, and a university organist are not provided for weddings held in the upstairs chapel.


Includes

The reservation includes the University Chapel, the adjoining lobby and the assigned dressing rooms (rooms 202 and 204). The wedding party should confine themselves to the dressing rooms while upstairs. Wedding guests should remain in the University Chapel lobby area during the allotted time frame.

One (1) hour will be allowed for a rehearsal on the Friday evening of the wedding weekend. The facilities will be available for two (2) hours on the day of the wedding and the chapel must be vacated within that time frame. The wedding party, florist, photographer, and wedding coordinator will be allowed in the chapel no later than fifteen (15) minutes prior to time slot.

A wedding reservation will be confirmed only upon receipt of full payment.

Possible Conflicts

Should an Act of God or a university related scheduling conflict develop prior to the initial confirmation date, then the wedding party shall be contacted and given the option of either: (1) working with the Manager to find another acceptable date and/or time (2) canceling the request and receiving a full refund of all fees paid. The university reserves the right to close the center whenever it deems necessary to do so. Should this ever occur during a time when a wedding has been scheduled, the wedding party shall be given a full refund of their reservation fee.

Fees

University Chapel Event Rates (seats 275)

Saturday Rates – 2 hour time blocks for 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM Events

UH Student $700
UH Faculty – Staff – Alumni [Main Campus ONLY] $850
Community $1000
Sunday Rates
UH Student $550
UH Faculty – Staff – Alumni [Main Campus ONLY] $675
Community $775
Fees include room rental for rehearsal and ceremony, pipe organ, piano, PA/microphones

Meditation Chapel Event Rates (seats 30)

Saturday/Sunday Rates – 2 hour time block for 3:30 PM Event Only

UH Student $225
UH Faculty – Staff – Alumni [Main Campus ONLY] $275
Community $400

Fees include room rental for ceremony only. No additional services included.

The Pipe Organ/Organist Fee for the Meditation Chapel is $200 and includes a brief consultation several weeks prior to the ceremony.  Additional fees may be required if additional time is needed for consultation or for rehearsal time(s) with a soloist.  A customer may request their own organist, however the University appointed organist must be present and serves as a consultant.

UH Discount

The UH Discount applies only if the bride and/or groom are either current students, a faculty/staff member or are an alumnus of the University of Houston [77004]. All other patrons are assessed the community rate for Saturday and Sunday events.

Payment

All Payments are due in full upon confirmation. Payments must be in the form of a

  • personal check,
  • money order, or
  • cashier check

and made payable to: UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON. 

Please indicate in the MEMO section on your payment your wedding date and time.

Full payment is required within 10 business days when submitting a reservation request.  If required, a payment can be split into two payments to coincide with an individual’s payroll cycle.  However, fifty-percent (50%) of reservation fee is required when submitting the reservation request.  FULL PAYMENT must be received within 30 days of making the reservation.

Cancellations and Change of Date Fees/ Refunds

Reservation fees paid for University Chapel events canceled more than 120 days prior to the scheduled date will be refunded minus a one hundred dollar ($100) processing fee for each 2-hour time block.

Reservation fees paid for Meditation Chapel events canceled more than 120 days prior to the scheduled date will be refunded minus a fifty dollar ($50) processing fee.

Cancellations for both University and Meditation Chapel events made less than 120 days prior to the scheduled date will not be refunded.

Refund and cancellation notifications must be made in writing or by email to adbrc@uh.edu.  University policy now requires refund / cancellation payments to be made by electronic deposit.  Upon receipt of a cancellation notice, the customer will receive an email with the required forms to be completed and returned to A. D. Bruce Religion Center.

A client requesting a University Chapel Change of Date will require a one hundred dollar ($100) change of date fee. 

The Change of Date fee for the Meditation Chapel is fifty dollars ($50).

Date changes to a tentative and confirmed reservation are to be in writing/email and will be made only upon receipt of the Change of Date Fee. 

A Change of Date payment can be made with a

  • personal check,
  • money order or
  • cashier check

and made payable to: UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON. 
Please, indicate in the MEMO section on your payment your NEW wedding date and time.

Catholics

Prior to reserving your wedding date for the Sacrament of Matrimony, please contact the Director of the Catholic Newman Center so that the required preparation and proper documentation are met. 4805 Calhoun Road, Houston, TX 77004 or 713.748.2529

Change of Date

There is a $100.00 processing fee for Change of Date Request for the University Chapel.  There is a $50.00 processing fee for a Change of Date Request for the Meditation Chapel. All requests must be made in writing and are subject to date and time availability.

Explanation of Fees

The A.D. Bruce Religion Center is governed by the Religion Center Policy Board.  The Board provides guidance on space utilization and approves fees for the Religion Center.

UNIVERSITY CHAPEL – As of May 1, 2013, the Pipe Organ/Organist Fee is included in the reservation fee for the University Chapel and includes a brief consultation several weeks prior to the wedding, the rehearsal, and the ceremony which includes 15 minutes of music prior to the ceremony.  Additional fees may be required if more time is needed for additional consultation or rehearsal time(s) with a soloist.   A customer may request their own organist, however the University appointed organist must be present and serves as a consultant. NOTE:  If a reservation was made prior to May 1, 2013 and clients would like to add the pipe organ to their reservation, the pipe organist fee is $200 and payable to the organist by  money order or cashier’s check on the night of the rehearsal. 

MEDITATION CHAPEL – The Pipe Organ/Organist Fee for the Meditation Chapel is $200 and includes a brief consultation several weeks prior to the ceremony.  Additional fees may be required if additional time is needed for consultation or for rehearsal time(s) with a soloist.  A customer may request their own organist, however the University appointed organist must be present and serves as a consultant.

Clergy / Marriage License

The wedding party is responsible for selecting their officiant. The officiant must be able to sign the marriage certificate. 

A wedding license must be obtained at least 72 hours prior to but no more than 1 month before the date of the wedding ceremony. Please follow this link to the Harris County Clerk’s Office for information on fees and securing a wedding license:

http://www.cclerk.hctx.net/Personal_Rec/Marriage_License_Information.aspx

Decorations

The chapel will be available for two (2) hour time blocks [Saturday morning time block is 3 hours] and may be accessed no later than 15 minutes prior to the beginning of confirmed reservation. It is the couple's responsibility to give a copy of all regulations to their bridal consultant, florist, photographer, wedding coordinator, and clergy. Please assist in maintaining our facility by cooperating with the following policies:

  • No lighted candles on the end of pews or in any walk way.
  • Open flame candles are only allowed on the Altar.  Any candles / candles stands on the Altar platform must have glass globes.
  • Plastic protections must be placed under light candles and plants.
  • The Altar screen cannot be blocked by any device, fabric or structure that blocks the air flow from the vents at the top of the Altar screen.
  • Tape, tacks, nails or Perma Gum /Stickum may not be used to affix items to any surface. Please work with your florist or supply store to obtain pew hangers and/or ribbon.
  • Flowers may be hung from plastic pew hangers available at florist.
  • Rice, birdseed, or confetti may not be distributed at chapel site.
  • Storage is not available prior to or after a wedding ceremony. All decorations, boxes, and event items must be removed at departure.
  • Storage is not available; decorations must be removed at departure.
  • The Altar MUST remain on the altar platform. It cannot be moved off of the Altar
  • An aisle runner MUST be used if your flower girl drops real or silk flowers,

Parking and Unloading

Event parking for the A.D. Bruce Religion Center is available in parking lot 13A at Entrance 13 - 3800 Cullen Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77004.  Access to parking lot 13 A is from Cougar Place Drive at the intersection of Cullen and Cougar Place Drive. Handicapped parking is designated.

Customers planning to visit and tour the Religion Center must obtain a parking hang tag/token from the Visitor Information Booth in front of the Athletics / Alumni Center.

Please note that parking lots 15 & 13A must remain available for faculty, staff and research assistants throughout the weekend.

The bride and groom's car or limo may remain parked in front of the building during the wedding ceremony.

Florists and consultants may use the ramped sidewalk at the end of parking lot 13A to access A.D. Bruce Religion Center for unloading but must park their vehicles in lot 15 until it’s time to remove event items from the Religion Center.

Reception

The chapel does not provide an area for rehearsal dinners or receptions. The University Hilton Hotel (713-743-2500) and the University Center (832-842-6167) provide catering facilities for rehearsal dinners and receptions. Residential Life and Housing (713-743-6020) also has facilities available.

Please contact these departments directly for quotes and prices.

Responsibilities and Liabilities

The persons making the reservation for a wedding assumes full and complete responsibility for the use of the areas involved and the furnishings, including complete liability for any damages incurred during the period of the reservation. The couple is responsible for the florist and others bringing in and setting up decorations, etc. and for staying within the confirmed time slots for the wedding and wedding rehearsal. While the altar may be moved back, it must not be removed from the altar platform.

The wedding party is responsible for the conduct of and the safety of their guests. The University assumes no responsibility or liability for personal injuries, loss or damaged goods due to negligence of the wedding party and/or their guests. Children must remain in the care and supervision of their parents or guardians at all times. Do not leave any valuables in the dressing rooms. Please remove all items from the dressing rooms at the conclusion of your wedding time block

LOST and FOUND
Items left in the dressing rooms or found in any other areas of the Religion Center will be kept in the Religion Center office.

Resolution of Conflicts

Conflicts with these wedding policies and procedures should be directed to the Manager of A.D. Bruce Religion Center (rm 113).

Guests should remain in the assigned rooms and chapel lobby area as other activities and events may be going on in other areas of the building.

The University Police may remove individuals remaining past the allotted reservation time.

Wedding Invitation

Suggest copy for your wedding invitation:

The University Chapel at A.D. Bruce Religion Center
The University of Houston
3801 Cullen Boulevard, Houston, TX   77004*
Event Parking - Entrance 13

*Note:  this is the GPS address and not the USPS - mailing address

Reminder

Your reservation request and Addendum D must be completed, signed and submitted to A.D. Bruce Religion Center.  Telephone requests are not accepted.  Reservation requests and Addendum D can be submitted in person, mailed, or faxed:

Manager
113 A.D. Bruce Religion Center
Houston, TX   77204-3050
713.743.5995

Confirmation of event information will be emailed to the bride and groom upon receipt of the reservation request and Addendum D and will have the designation of TENTATIVE until full payment is made within 10 business days.  The reservation request/date will be forfeited if payment is not received.

Further Help

For further assistance please call 713-743-5050.

University Chapel Dimensions

Seating:
275 seats
17 pews – Left
1 railing – Left
17 pews – Right
1 railing – Right

Aisle
Length – 65 ft
Width – 4’ 5”
Altar
Length – 6’ 1/8”
Width – 2’ 1 ¼”
Height – 3’ 4”

CANNOT be removed from altar platform;
can be repositioned on altar platform.
Altar Screen / backdrop
Length – 16’ 6”
Height – 8’ 6”

Pew / end cap
Height – 34”
Width – 17”
Depth – 2”