The Mills College Chapel offers your family a serene and memorable setting in which to celebrate your important moments. The handsome, welcoming Mills College Chapel is all warm cedar and rough brushed aggregate, brought to life by the leaf-dappled sunlight pouring in through low walls of glass doors which open onto outdoor patios. A massive and striking brushed stainless steel pipe organ provides a sculptural backdrop. Designed by Callister and Payne and completed in 1967, it is contemporary in design. Built in the round, its four curved redwood pews direct attention toward a central slightly raised altar. A small choir loft is tucked behind the beautiful pipe organ.
Chapel Services and Facilities
A reservation includes a two-hour event and a one-hour rehearsal. Be sure to reserve your rehearsal time when you reserve your event date. The Chapel comes with seating for 175 people, a 30-foot aisleway, and a dressing room located on your left as you enter, equipped with a full-length mirror. Smaller mirrors are available in the restrooms. The Chapel is ADA accessible.
For reservations, contact the Mills College Events Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510.430.2145 to determine Chapel availability on the date you have in mind and to schedule a tour. It’s wise to reserve at least six months ahead for spring and summer dates. The College Events Office does not “hold” a date for the chapel without a completed chapel reservation form (40k, pdf) and deposit.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
The College Events Office will give a complete refund for both the rental fee and security deposit when we are given more than one year’s notice in writing. We can return only the security deposit fee if we are given less than one year’s notice in writing.
The College Events Office only schedules the chapel for weddings, bat and bar mitzvahs, recitals, anniversary events, or memorial ceremonies. The only days that can be scheduled are Saturdays and Sundays. We allow two hours between each wedding or other ceremony for our staff to clean the Chapel. No more than two weddings or other ceremonies can be booked per day, each with a two-hour time frame for set-up, ceremony, and load out. No more than four events can be scheduled in any given weekend. Rehearsals are booked up against one another on Friday evenings, beginning at 5:00 pm for a one-hour time frame. No rehearsals are scheduled on Saturday or Sunday unless approved by the College Events Office.
$500 deposit is needed to reserve the date and space. This is fully refundable 15 business days post event as long as there is no additional fees or damage.
$900 is the fee to rent the Chapel for three hours. One hour for the rehearsal and two hours for the ceremony. This is due, in full, 30 days prior to the rehearsal. The fee structure includes the following: upright piano, dressing room, janitorial service, and the organ.
Mills alumnae/i and Mills College faculty/staff receive 20% off of the Chapel rental rate. The discount cannot be used for family or friends.
If additional rental time is needed, the fee is $300.00 per hour.
Clergy, Florists, and Photographers
The bride/groom must contact their own clergyperson, florist, and photographer and arrange for the services required. An upright piano is also available and you are welcome to choose your own pianist.
Only organists authorized by Mills College may play the pipe organ. Using the organ requires two weeks advance notice. The fee for the organist is not included in the Chapel rental.
Karin McPhail, Organist 510.848.0870
The Chapel is a beautiful location to hold a Celebration of Life ceremony/service. As we are a multi-use campus we do not permit the casket to be present.
Safety, Security, and Maintenance
Please make arrangements for a friend or relative to be responsible for removing any materials or personal items before leaving the Chapel. We ask that you leave our Chapel in the same clean and tidy condition that you found it, ready for the next family to enjoy—perhaps on the same day. All decorations and flowers must be removed from the sanctuary, foyer, dressing room, and restrooms and taken by the renter. No tacks, tape, or adhesive of any kind are allowed. Pew decorations must be the tie-on variety. All remaining personal items and debris, including stray tissues, programs, candles, clothes hangers, florist boxes, etc. are to be removed from the building and taken out by the renter. If the furniture has been moved it must be restored to its original place.
Food and beverage are not permitted in the Chapel.
As a safety precaution and because of maintenance difficulties, we must ask that no rice or birdseed be thrown in or about the Chapel. Please respect this College policy. Fire regulations stipulate that candles may only be used on the center altar. Please inform your party, and your florist if necessary, of this policy. Smoking is not permitted within 30 feet of the Chapel. If the party does not clean up or follow this policy, they will be charged.
The Reinhardt Alumnae House, Student Union and Faculty Lounge and Dining Room, located on Mills campus, are available for receptions and other special events. To reserve any of these venues, contact Annie Labe in the College Events Office at 510.430.2145 or email@example.com.
Chapel Brochure (143k, pdf)
Chapel Reservation Form (40k, pdf)