Wedding chapel

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A traditional French chapel at Château de Hattonchâtel
Celebration Chapel in the historic Rondout district of Kingston, New York opened on the day that the Marriage Equality Act became law in New York state

A wedding chapel is a place, other than a legal court, and usually also, other than a church, where couples can get legally married. A church may also be used as a wedding chapel, but churches are usually called that by the marrying couple when the ceremony only involves those contracting matrimony.


Traditional wedding chapels are usually set in small buildings. Only specially appointed people, such as pastors and people who are licensed to carry out marriage ceremonies, can conduct ceremonies at wedding chapels.

Las Vegas, particularly, is famous for its large number of wedding chapels. Many of the wedding chapels in Las Vegas feature Elvis Presley impersonators. Perhaps the most famous venue outside of Las Vegas for a wedding chapel is at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.


Wedding chapels across the world must perform their ceremonies under some laws, depending on the region in which they are located. In the United States, for example, wedding chapels must usually require: a marriage license and proof of age of the couple. Requirements for minors to marry vary from state to state.

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