By Jackie Budko
For Unwind Magazine
Before the wedding bells start ringing, it’s important to find the perfect dress, the perfect flowers, and, of course, the perfect person. If it just so happens that you meet your perfect match at the University of Maryland, one of the places to consider having your wedding is Memorial Chapel.
Though she is not in a relationship at the moment, Audrey Anderle, a freshmen government and politics major, would consider it.
“I would want to be able to connect our wedding some way to UMD,” she said. “You should honor the history of where you meet and the past of your relationship. I think it’s cute to tie in where you started with your new beginning.”
The ceremony can be held in the main or garden chapel, depending on the number of guests in attendance. Both make the perfect venue for a traditional church ceremony.
There are many accommodating staff members to assist in making your wedding fairytale perfect. They organize more than 100 a year, after all.
Because of the abundance of ceremonies, it’s important to book the space more than 12 months in advance, because the Main Chapel’s calendar fills up very quickly.
One anonymous testimonial on the chapels website said, “Memorial Chapel is an absolutely beautiful venue, especially if the University of Maryland is a special place to you. Both my husband and I went there, so when we got engaged, the Chapel was really the only venue we considered. It is beautiful; the staff is courteous and responsive. As for me and my husband, the chapel was absolutely perfect, the photos are beautiful and we have zero regrets!”
Many couples who performed their nuptials at the chapel hold their reception at Stamp Student Union. With big beautiful ballrooms, Stamp perfectly accommodates guests. As a bonus, when you book the chapel and a ballroom at the Stamp on the same day, you receive a 10 percent discount on each venue.
The Riggs Alumni Center is another wedding hot spot. It contains the combined beauty of the lush Moxley Garden and a grand ballroom. Dev Patel, a freshman currently enrolled in Letters & Sciences, recently attended an Indian wedding at Riggs Alumni Center.
“The wedding was a very great experience because it was nice to be at a place where the bride and groom spent their entire four years together,” Patel remembered. “It was especially unique because they met in high school and dated all through college.”
Palak Patel, Dev’s cousin, and her husband Manan, were very satisfied with their wedding at the Alumni Center. They were able to have their cultural traditions respected and had an enhanced experience. They performed their traditional dances and used the venue to their advantage. According to Dev, the lighting was picturesque, and the venue contained many hidden spots that added to the wedding’s beauty.
Aside from having a wedding at the chapel or Riggs Alumni Center, there are other ways to incorporate your Terrapin pride into a wedding. A couple options are taking wedding photos on McKeldin Mall, or holding the reception at one of the many beautiful buildings on campus. For the die-hard Maryland alumni, a yellow-, red-, and black-themed wedding could be in the cards.
If you don’t meet your soul mate as an undergrad, don’t worry, there’s always grad school. Who knows, maybe you and your significant other are the next Elle Woods and Emmett Richmond!