Samford University

Wedding Policies and Procedures

Audio & Music

The sound person provides service an hour before the wedding and throughout the ceremony. The sound person is paid through the rental fee. The sound person can be scheduled to attend the rehearsal for an additional fee of $100.00. A lapel microphone is provided for the ministers and wireless microphones are provided for readers and soloists. The bride and groom are typically not provided microphones.
If you wish to have the organ played as part of your ceremony, the instrument must be played by a Samford approved organists. A list of approved organists can be received by submitting a request to

Wedding Photography

Flash photography is not allowed during the wedding ceremony. Flash may be used during pre-event sessions and after the ceremony has ended, when all members of the wedding party have exited the stage. Photographers and videographers are allowed in the balcony, vestibule, and the exterior aisles.

Photography and Video Site Requests

All Engagement and Bridal picture sessions scheduled anytime other than the wedding day must be booked with the office of Event Management prior to the session. Please visit the Office of Marketing and Communication website for more information!

Flowers and Decorations

Aisle runners and flower petals are not allowed.
All candles and flowers are to be placed behind the privacy wall in the choir loft area but no arrangements are allowed to be placed on the piano, organ, or stained glass windows. All candles must be dripless.
Florists may not use any form of adhesive (tack, glue, nails, staples) when decorating the chapel.

Wedding Party

The wedding party consists of the bride, groom, minister and other participants. The wedding party is limited to a total of 25 people.
Samford University does not assign officiates to wedding ceremonies on campus. However if you wish to inquire about using the University Minister for your ceremony please contact the University Minister’s office at 205-726-2825

Directions & Parking

Directions to Samford University

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Directions to Reid Chapel

Reid Chapel is located on the Samford University campus, at 800 Lakeshore Drive in Homewood, Alabama 35229. The Samford University campus is centrally-located and can easily be accessed from Interstate 65 or Highways 31 and 280. Reid Chapel (43 on the campus map) is located on the east side of campus, in front of Propst Hall.

Wedding Parking

Wedding parking is available in the Ingalls/Russell (40 & 41 on the campus map) parking lot adjacent to the Chapel. Please follow the wedding signs on campus to locate parking.

Handicap Parking/Accessibility

Handicap parking is conveniently located next to Reid Chapel in the side parking lot at Brooks Hall (45 on the campus map). Ramp access is available on the front left side of Burns Hall main entrance to accesses the side entrance of Reid Chapel.