Wedding Policies

The Helen Carnell Eden Chaplain is available to perform wedding ceremonies and premarital counseling provided that the event does not conflict with other previously scheduled commitments or Wilson College Events.

Premarital Counseling

All couples married by the College chaplain shall participate in 3-4 premarital counseling sessions of 1-2 hours in duration. These sessions will be led by the chaplain. Alternately couples may decide to provide proof of premarital counseling conducted by another clergy person or professional counselor. The chaplain reserves the right to request that the couple participate in premarital counseling with the chaplain even if they have chosen to participate in additional counseling elsewhere.

Rehearsal, Ceremony and Reception

The chaplain will oversee the rehearsal the night before the wedding and the wedding itself. If the couple wishes the chaplain will provide a blessing for the reception meal, but will only attend this event if their schedule allows.

Travel and Lodging

If the wedding is held out of town, the chaplain shall be compensated for travel expenses at the current college rate ($.35/mi or the cost of airfare), and if necessary overnight accommodation shall be provided by the couple.


$400, paid to the officiant and given at time of rehearsal.

Effective March 1, 2019



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