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Chapel-like location that is not religious for ceremony?

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#1 shauna321



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Posted 15 May 2011 - 05:48 PM

Hello there,

Are there any facilities that seat at least sixty people (a must) in a stand alone chapel-type facility? I am not Christian, and my fiance is not Jewish and we really want something that is classic for our ceremony. I know this is a big ask but we are desperate!

Any advice? Please help!! We are in Sydney.


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Posted 15 May 2011 - 07:18 PM

We married at Little Bay Chapel (lower Eastern Suburbs). Seats around 80.

There's also a chapel out Campbelltown way.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 07:23 PM

We had booked The old St Thomas chapel at Narellan(Campbelltown/Camden area) we didn't end up using it for our wedding but instead used it for DD's naming day smile.gif
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Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:45 PM

You used to be able to hire out the Chapel of St Luke in the Sydney Hospital grounds in Macquarie Street, it had a capacity of 70 pax I think.


The venue hire webpage is under review so best to ring maybe.

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Posted 16 May 2011 - 02:26 PM

st thomas chapel at narellan ive had a friend get married there and it was nice
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Posted 16 May 2011 - 02:58 PM

There is a beautiful chapel in the Hunter Valley - part of the Petersons Champagne house I believe

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Posted 16 May 2011 - 07:45 PM

Hi Guys,

These are all wonderful suggestions but they have crosses on them. We are looking for a facility like this without any religious symbols.

The Hunter Valley chapel was beautiful but we decided it is too far away from Sydney, though it would be SO PERFECT if it were in Sydney.

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 02:39 PM

I went to a wedding on Garden Island in the harbour once that was in a chapel and I can't remember it being religious. Might be worth a look. Also, the Little Bay one is super pretty and those windows look out on to the ocean. I didn't think it was religious either unsure.gif
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 06:27 PM

The Naval chapel definitely has religous iconography, from memory, a big cross right behind the altar. It's a Christian chapel. Also not sure, but you may need to have naval associations to have a service there.

TBH, I think you will really struggle to find a chapel devoid of all religous symbols, chapels are a Christian thing, they are just mostly non-denominational.

Perhaps you could start looking into the big hotels that might have suitable spaces. I'm sure they could assist with decorations too, to make it more wedding-like.

ETA Little bay chapel has crosses too. Try looking at Uni of Sydney's venue hire page, they have some amazing formal spaces to hire. Some would be way too big for a ceremony but there might be something to suit. We were thinking of having our reception in the great hall at one stage, it's amazing.

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 09:58 PM

We were married in a worship center at a uni... maybe there is something similar in Sydney. I wanted a church but hubby didn't so it was a good compromise.
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