General Information

For reservations, information, and policy clarifications, please call the Chapel Office, (315) 781-3671. 

The chapel is available for religious wedding ceremonies during the summer term for members of the HWS community, defined as students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and the children and grandchildren of the same.  In keeping with the laws of the State of New York and the canons of the Episcopal Church, couples may be married in St. John’s Chapel without regard to gender, provided that at least one member of the couple has been baptized. 

Couples are encouraged to select their preferred wedding officiant so long as the officiant is regularly ordained or otherwise appropriately designated by a recognized religious community. The officiant need not be an Episcopal priest. The Chaplain of the Colleges may be available to officiate at the ceremony. Inquiries should be made at least six months prior to the ceremony. 

The Wedding Policies and Reservation Form (PDF) must be submitted as soon as possible and acknowledgment of the completed form confirmed by the Chaplain’s office before your reservation is considered definite.  

The proper designation for the location of the wedding in a wedding invitation: 

St. John's Chapel 
Hobart and William Smith Colleges 
South Main Street 
Geneva, NY