With October Wedding Season is beginning this weekend, and engagement around the corner, it is time once again to start looking at our favorite venues around the area (and the world). We will start with one close to home (and our hearts as many of the Precisely as Planned staffers have at one time been students at TCU).
Since 1953, Robert Carr Chapel has been the home of many beautiful wedding ceremonies. It can seat over 300 guests and welcomes all denominations. We sat down with Kayli Burnett, the events coordinator for the chapel and could see her dedication to giving brides the perfect day. In addition to Kayli, the chapel has three other experienced coordinators, one of whom will be with you every step of the way. They also have an on-site sound technician that will make sure everything sounds perfect throughout the whole event. When walking into the chapel on any given day, one might hear beautiful music coming from the front either from the piano or organ (which has 2400 pipes!), and will be played upon request at your wedding. For an additional fee of $300, you will have a consultation, playtime at the rehearsal and of course their service on your wedding day. They will also work with any other musicians you may want during your ceremony.
If you book Robert Carr for your ceremony, you will receive a 1-hour rehearsal block the Friday before your wedding. Additionally, a 3-hour (inclusive of set up) block of time is set on Saturday or Sunday which should give you time to set up, take pictures and enjoy while the chapel will still have about three weddings most Saturdays. Kayli says there are many beautiful places to take photos around the chapel and all over the TCU campus. Did I mention TCU alumni get a discount even if it’s the parents of the bride or groom that went there!
There are only a few restrictions on décor such as nothing that will damage the walls or furniture and no aisle runners (they already have a beautiful one). Photographers have the full range of the chapel prior to the ceremony. Outlets may restrict videographers from going past columns halfway down the aisle, but Kayli is working to arrange it so that they can go anywhere. There is plenty of parking behind the chapel and if your wedding is on a TCU football game day, you can have a staff to help guests park for $175. The bridal suite and groom’s room are out of the way and have plenty of space to get ready. There is even a pathway for the bride to walk on her way to the aisle where no one will see her!
If you are interested in having your big day at Robert Carr Chapel, stop by any time or get a tour Monday-Friday between 9-5:00. They will hold your date for seven days, then there will be a $500 deposit, and the remaining balance will be doing 30 days later. To contact them, you can call (817) 257-7831 or email the chapel at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Robert Carr Chapel check out their website. http://chapel.tcu.edu/index.aspx
Written by: Hayley Love, Intern