Weddings and Special Occasions

Weddings
Whether your wedding is large or small, formal or casual, St. Olaf College offers lovely venues and services to help make it memorable.

Renting Boe Memorial Chapel 

Boe Memorial Chapel is the most popular and traditional location St. Olaf offers for wedding ceremonies.

Please email us to inquire about pricing.

Two weddings are typically held per Saturday, breaking the day into two wedding time frames (time frame includes pictures, ceremony, etc.):

  • 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • 2:30 PM – 7:00 PM.

Rental includes:

  • Two changing rooms – typically, the Norway Room, the Heritage Room or a Boe classroom
  • Use of piano and organ
  • One wireless microphone for the officiate
  • One podium microphone for the readers
  • One wireless handheld or lavaliere microphone for musicians
  • One-hour rehearsal the night prior to the date (the rehearsal time must be approved by conference office to ensure coordination with the other wedding party – if applicable)

You are responsible to secure the wedding officiate and any musicians desired. We are able to recommend either. Boe Memorial Chapel is equipped with a fantastic organ, so the use of this instrument is highly recommended and references to student organists are available.

Boe Memorial Chapel seats over 600 guests, just on the main floor. It’s not common for a wedding to exceed this amount and smaller wedding counts look just as beautiful in the chapel setting. Boe Memorial Chapel now offers air-conditioning!

Special Requests:
Media Services. Does your videographer need an audio feed for your special day? St. Olaf’s Media Services offers service for access to some video technology and equipment. The audio feed fee covers a stereo mix that includes a direct PA feed into the system and house mics for musicians.  If available, a trained and qualified student can run the audio and PA mix for the event. If a student is unavailable or professional services are desired, a member of the professional staff (if available) can facilitate during the event.  Media Services at St. Olaf also offers full video recording services – please contact the Conferences and Events Office for more information and pricing.

Other Ceremony Locations 

Please email us to inquire about pricing. 

Urness Recital Hall in Christiansen Hall of Music – seats approximately 250 wedding guests.

Space includes:

  • Two changing rooms
  • Use of a piano
  • Two wired handheld microphones
  • One hour rehearsal the night prior to the wedding date

Studio A – seats approximately 125 wedding guests.

Space includes:

  • One changing rooms (Additional changing rooms based upon availability at $50 each).
  • Use of a piano and organ
  • One hour rehearsal the night prior to the wedding date

Booking 

Weddings rentals are available during the summer season as well as a few select academic year breaks, these include: Fall break, Interim Break, and Spring Break.
Summer 2019 wedding dates may be requested beginning January 1, 2018.
Fall break booking begins April 1st, one year prior to the wedding date.
For Interim or Spring break, booking begins September 1st, one year prior to the wedding date.

 Receptions, Dinners, Showers, Brunches Birthdays, Anniversary Parties 

Buntrock Commons has several attractive venues for dining-related events. The Black and Gold Ballroom is a lovely space for your rehearsal dinner, reception, dinner or dance. The capacity of the Black and Gold Ballrooms in Buntrock Commons changes according to the set-up plan of the venue and can comfortably accommodate 40 to 350 guests. There is a maximum of 350 guests with round tables and no dance-floor. Adding a dance-floor decreases Ballroom capacity to approximately 250 guests and has an additional cost.

The King’s Dining Room in Buntrock Commons is also available, encompassing two rooms, Valhalla and Trollhaugen, available for use together or separately, depending on party size. Valhalla seats 96 guests at round tables. Trollhaugen can seat 112 with various sized tables. When combined, they seat up to 200 guests. No dances are permitted in either space.

Please email us to inquire about pricing and required deposits.

Catering 

The Bon Appétit catering staff will work with you to create a menu that reflects your style and budget.
Bon Appétit can take care of all your wedding-related events. Popular receptions to make your special day even more special may include: bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, lunch or snacks for the wedding party, receptions, post-wedding gift opening event, family brunch, and more!

For the comfort and safety of your guests, no alcoholic beverages are permitted on campus. Bon Appétit offers fine non-alcoholic wines and beers, including sparkling wines suitable for toasting. Samples are available on request.

The exclusive catering company of the college, Bon Appetit, offers an array of options for food and beverage catering during any part of your special day. To contact the Bon Appetit office for menus, pricing, and more information, please call (507) 786 – 3763 or email catering@stolaf.edu.

Alcohol Policy:
Bon Appetit offers alcohol service at receptions and banquets. Bringing alcohol onto campus is prohibited.

Insurance  


Event insurance is a requirement for the rental of Boe Memorial Chapel. You can use any insurance agent of your choosing, but we also can refer one to you. It is necessary that a $2,000,000 insurance policy for general liability naming St. Olaf College as an additional insured party.

Reservations and Inquiries:

For more information, reservations, or an appointment to discuss your event, please call:

St. Olaf Conferences and Events Office at 507-786-3043 or 800-726-6523

Or email events@stolaf.edu or weddings@stolaf.edu