The song tells of the happiness and excitement the narrator feels on her wedding day, for she and her love are going to the "chapel of love", and "we'll never be lonely anymore." Previously recorded by The Ronettes and The Blossoms, the definitive version of the song was recorded by The Dixie Cups in 1964. The first recorded version was done by Darlene Love in April 1963.
Bette Midler featured "Chapel of Love" on her 1972 debut album, The Divine Miss M. The following year, Midler included her version as the B-side of her #40 Pop single, "Friends" (the single charted on the Billboard Hot 100 as a double A-side). The version included on the single release is a radically remixed version, with added horns and strings, and has never been released on any album, or in any other format since the initial 45 in 1973.