Weddings, Receptions & Banquets

Rooke Chapel and Bucknell Hall are available to all people for weddings. The Terrace Room, Larison Dining Hall and some smaller rooms are also available for receptions. Availability of these spaces is contingent on the University's calendar.

Reservations

Inquiries about reservations, rental fees and insurance requirements may be directed to: 

Maredith Spangler, weddings & wedding receptions
570-577-3666 
mspangle@bucknell.edu

We also welcome inquiries for rehearsal dinners.

Officiates

Marriage ceremonies in Pennsylvania may be performed by the following:

  • Judges
  • Justices of the Peace
  • County Clerks or their deputies within the county
  • Clergy of any regularly established church or congregation (including ministers, pastors, priests and rabbis)

Bucknell's Chaplain for the Catholic Community (570-577-3766), Chaplain for the Jewish Community (570-577-2273) and University Chaplain (570-577-1592) officiate at weddings according to their schedules and discretion. All Roman Catholics planning to be married on campus must be approved by Bucknell's Chaplain for the Catholic Community before a date may be scheduled. All Jewish services should have the approval of the Chaplain for the Jewish Community.

University-affiliated chaplains who officiate will have final say on all liturgy (including music and service order). Additional fees may be required.

Rehearsals

A one-hour rehearsal time on the evening prior to our wedding will be reserved when your wedding is confirmed.

Custodial Service

A custodian will be present during your rehearsal and wedding. The custodian reserves the right to refuse any last minute requests.

Restrictions

  • Rice, confetti, rose petals, birdseed, balloons or any other object may not be thrown or released either inside or outside any facility.
  • Nothing may be attached with tape, thumbtacks, etc.
  • Candlelight services are prohibited.
  • No furniture may be moved, including the piano, lectern and pulpit.
  • No animals/pets are permitted.
  • Use of a horse and buggy is by permission only on University grounds.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in or outside the chapel other than for Communion services.
  • Florists and photographers are required to abide by your specific contracted time.

Insurance

Bucknell requires a minimum of $1,000,000 liability insurance per occurrence for those wishing to rent the University's facilities. Bucknell offers special event insurance, or you can use other options. Further information will be provided with your contract.

General Questions

Any questions regarding marriage licenses, blood tests or marriage laws may be directed to: 

The Office of the Prothonotary
Union County Courthouse
103 S. Second Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837
570-524-8751

 

Rooke Chapel Information

Interior of Rooke Chapel

Rooke Chapel Information

Bucknell Hall Information

Interior of Bucknell Hall

General Information

Restrictions

Bucknell University reserves the right to restrict aspects of any wedding deemed inappropriate for either Rooke Chapel or Bucknell Hall. Bucknell also reserves the right to cancel, postpone or change location when, in the opinion of the vice president for finance & administration, the function will interfere with a scheduled University function, or in cases of natural disaster or acts of nature.
 

Events Management

Location

Elaine Langone Center, Room 265