The Bigelow Chapel provides a breathtaking, intimate, one-of-a-kind setting for your wedding ceremony. A delicate composition of floating planes of glass, frosted clerestory windows, cast stone walls and translucent curved wood panels, the award-winning chapel creates a tranquil and inspirational environment. Adjoining the chapel are a large grass courtyard, meditation garden, and stone patio, providing additional environments for photos.
United is set on a beautiful, 10-acre campus in New Brighton, Minn., approximately 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis or downtown St. Paul. The seminary is easily accessed from I-694 and the Silver Lake Road exit, which lies between I-35W North and I-94 West. There is ample free, off-street parking.
From start to finish, the wedding staff works to make your ceremony a worry-free, singularly beautiful event, with memories to last a lifetime.
- Dedicated wedding coordinator
- Up to four hours use of the chapel on the day of the ceremony
- Up to one hour use of the chapel for the rehearsal
- Two dressing rooms
- Steinway grand piano
- Altar and lectern
- Guest book podium
- Wireless sound system (WiFi not available)
- Free off-street parking
- Custodial services
- Air conditioning
Receptions, Catering & Wedding Cakes
The seminary can provide reception space for weddings, as well as full catering, including wedding cakes, by the seminary chef, Amy Nadeau (for information on Amy’s catering menus, see her website). We are limited to 172 guests for receptions.
If your reception is larger than 172 guests, we recommend Jax Café in northeast Minneapolis, Silverwood Park in New Brighton, and Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. For hotel lodging, we recommend Homewood Suites in New Brighton. Please tell them United Theological Seminary (and the Bigelow Chapel) referred you.
Four-hour maximum, from first individual’s arrival onsite to last individual vacating the property; includes photography session, decorating of Bigelow Chapel, and floral or other vendor drop off/set up.
*Current students, staff and faculty of United may contact the wedding coordinator for discounted rates. To receive the student rate or staff/faculty rates, one of the individuals to be married must be a current student/staff/faculty when the non-refundable deposit is submitted.
One-hour maximum. The preferred time (for a Saturday wedding) is 5:00 PM on the Friday before the ceremony.
This non-refundable deposit goes toward the $850 service fee.
This deposit is fully refundable within 10 days after the ceremony date if, once all event individuals have vacated the seminary, 1) the Bigelow Chapel narthex, sanctuary, and processional and the dressing rooms (Classroom E and F) are left in the condition in which they were found, 2) no damages to seminary property have been made by the wedding party/guests/associated vendors, and 3) the time limits of one hour for the rehearsal and four hours for the ceremony are honored, given a 15-minute grace period at the start and end of the event (unless contracted otherwise). A violation of any one of these three items will result in the full deposit being retained by the seminary.
Features & Testimonials
Select any of the links below to find websites featuring weddings at the Bigelow Chapel.
- The Knot – “A Modern Indoor Wedding” (Amma & Drew – ceremony)
- The Knot – “A Festive Fall Wedding” (Leah & Jonathan – ceremony
- The Knot – Testimonials (scroll to bottom)
- Lavender Magazine – “Real Weddings: Connie Nyman & Joann Usher” (ceremony)
- A Practical Wedding (APW) – Approved Venue
- Studio 306 Photography – Featured Location
- Graddy Photography (scroll down – ceremony photos) – Featuring photos of weddings at Bigelow Chapel, awarded 2014 “Top Of The Tiara / Best Overall Vendor In The Entire Minnesota Wedding Industry” & “Best Photography” for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 – Minnesota Bride magazine
- Kage Imagery – Winter wedding (Angela & Todd – ceremony)
- Lace/Hanky Photography – Buddhist & Jewish ceremony (Alison & Howie)
- Ri & He Photography (Rachel & Andrew – ceremony)
- Summer Street Photography (Panouchi & Jon – ceremony)