Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chapel of Love?
Chapel of Love is a one of a kind ceremony sanctuary and coordinating service. Choose to pledge your vows inside our quaint European inspired Victorian architecture hand crafted by a groom for his bride or beneath our wondrous tropical palms before lavish gardens, water features, and intricate gazebos. Our property couldn't get any sweeter :) Reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel's fairy tale... built with love for his sweetheart. A wife's dream come true.
If you're looking for an immaculate turn key, full service ceremony setting designed for travelers and it's local community near and far, then this magical place is for you!
1) Convenience : Just 40 minutes north of Orlando, home to more than a dozen theme parks, clients that frequent our all-inclusive system are an assortment of all ages, income ranges, and strata's of society. Further, their dream wedding does not always warrant elaborate bells and whistles, rather a nuptial where fun, intimacy, and adventure prevail. Our typical vacationing client does not always come to Florida with marriage on the mind, but because our region is so magical, the contemporary couple embraces the feeling and spontaneity wins!! Our consultants will assist in as little notice as a same day elopement to an elaborate pre-planned gala affair of up to years in advance.
2) Legalities: Obtaining a marriage license for Florida's Hometown Chapel is easy as pie. You may hire our coordinating service for just $100 in addition to the state required $86 application fee 0R apply by providing your state ID or passports in a Florida court house that may be geographically friendly to where you are staying: http://www.stateofflorida.com/clerks-of-court.aspxliveor Out of the country and out of state residents will receive their license on the spot. Floridians must wait 3 days before using their license.
What ceremony times are offered?
Our general window for performing is from 9 am until 9 pm. Wedding ceremony start times can vary depending on the season. Dusk arrives earlier come November through February, so evening ceremonies begin as early as 4:30, whereas March through October is 6:00-10:00. Romantic holidays such as Valentine's Day, Sweetest Day, New Year's Eve, Christmas Eve, and Thanksgiving services can roll until midnight! In any case, we ask you to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your ceremony start time and you will be given 45 minutes post ceremony for posed family and garden photography
Do you provide a minister or officiant? Can we bring our own? YES... All of our wedding packages include the officiant, although you are welcomed to "BYOM". Supplying your own minister would not increase or decrease the price however.
Are you LGBT friendly ? YES !
Do we get a rehearsal ? Yes, if you are planning a more traditional event, we ask that the couple and attendants arrive 30 minutes prior to the ceremony for rehearsal. Weddings are personal. If you are interested in keeping with tradition where the groom catches his first glimpse upon the bride's walk down the aisle, the bride and groom should arrive minutes apart. When the bride arrives, she retreats to the bridal room while her escort, groom and bridal party are shown what to do by their coordinator.
Can we schedule a rehearsal the night or two before the day of the event? YES. We are happy to accommodate for an additional $100. We do recognize the tradition and how it can be almost as much fun to plan a party before the party! There are several local hot spots in our hometown of Eustis as well as the sister town of Mt. Dora for your rehearsal dinner to follow. Allow us to make a recommendation that may fit within your budget!
How long does it take to get married at Chapel of Love ? Most wedding ceremonies are 15 to 20 minutes in length, although again, we ask the bridal party (if any) to arrive 15-30 minutes prior to acclimate for groups of 10 or less, or to rehearse for the larger parties. Similarly, we provide 15-45 minutes after the ceremony for altar formals and garden photography.
When should we book our date ? As soon as you are sure of your date and time! We have couples who book as early as a year in advance for a more traditional affair and others, spontaneously come from the hustle and bustle of the big city, or an airport, whimsically on track for an intimate garden ceremony that may have been arranged for by phone earlier that day! In any case, we do need to know you are coming in advance before we can tie the knot! For those looking for more traditional accommodations, it is important to place your deposit as soon as you are able. Times can book up quickly! The sooner you deposit, the sooner you are secure. There is no lead time required, just remember, first come first serve
How much deposit is required to book a date and what is your refund policy? A $200 retainer is required to secure your date and time. The remaining balance is due in full 60 days prior to the event. Although the retainer is non-refundable, it is transferable to a new date / time up to one year from the originally scheduled date as long as a 60 day prior cancellation notice is given. If a cancellation is requested within 60 days, all monies paid will be forfeited.
Can you pencil me in for a specific date ? Yes, with the required deposit. Visit location pages for deposit information
Can I get married today or tomorrow? Most often Yes, if you have your marriage license and need immediate nuptials, we are ready when you are! Appointment must be made for this to be successful.
Do you have a reception venue ? We have opted to have our venues smell pretty, not like food. Resource lists will be provided upon booking, there are 50-60 reception venues at every price point within a 20 mile radius, but recommendations based on your budget is key
Can I hire one of your ministers to come to a different site?
Yes … We work with a complete log of ministers. We strive to secure a minister who is geographically friendly to your event for $250 if your site is within 30 miles of the minister’s home base. An additional $50 premium is added for each additional 20 miles.
Are we allowed to personalize the wedding? ie. I want to say my own vows, light a unity candle, blend the unity sand, include my children The Little Wedding Chapel's Chapel of Love coordinators have 30 years of wedding related experience. Whether it be a unity candle, sand ceremony, hand fasting, coin ceremony, lasso ceremony, rings, no rings, sing songs, jump the broom, etc etc. We have probably seen it and have incorporated it. Products for the ritualistic traditions are not provided, but if you bring your own, we will oblige.
I have a special song I want to walk down the aisle to and recess out on is that ok ? YES. We have a digital sound system. Requests for music must be submitted no later than your confirmation call the week before your event. If, in the case of same day bookings, we can usually pull it off if available on our downloadable sources.
Can we have flower petals on the aisle? Yes, Inside: silk only . Outside: fresh only
Can we throw rice or bird seed? NO, but after ceremony substitutes may include wish lanterns, bubbles, bells, streamer wands, balloon or dove releases.
Can we decorate the chapel our way and add or take away decor?
NO. Although most of our arrangements that decorate our wedding chapels are silk, they are floral colors in muted tones so all parties should blend and meld with the neutral scheme. Additionally, one of the benefits of the "chapel system" is the all- inclusiveness. Decor is just one more expense you do not need to worry about
How many people can I have in my bridal party ?
Chapel of love was designed for small intimate weddings. Along with a limited number of no more than 65 guests, we ask that you include no more than 10 grown up attendants total ( 5 on each side) along with an additional flower girl or ring bearer or two.
Can we get dressed at the chapel ?
YES. There are private dressing rooms available for each partner to dress. The bridal party needs to be dressed upon arrival. Hair, makeup, nails should always be done prior to arriving.
Must we have on formal attire ? The diversity of our clientele boggles the mind. Wear whatever you like, just wear something!
What happens if we arrive too early or too late? As new owners of Chapel of Love Eustis FL, our reservation schedule is light so we've enjoyed entertaining parties as early as an hour too soon. As time goes on however, the calendar may get quite full and we will steadily need to adhere to your time frame listed on your chapel contract. The 7,000 acre Lake Eustis & downtown area is .8 miles or 9 blocks West of The Little Wedding Chapel. Head out and enjoy Ferran Park's scenic Lake Walk before you walk down the aisle to say your I DO's
Is there anything to do in Eustis or places to stay ? Of course! Ask your Chapel representative for a resource list that may fit your fancy or for a more comprehensive review
We are planning on getting married next year. Can we do our engagement shoot in the gardens at the chapel ?
Of course ! Chris can book your $150 1 hour engagement photo session any time after you make a reservation for your wedding,
We booked the outdoor package. What happens if we get rained out ? Not that it happens often, but if it does, a nominal additional fee is collected day of to move inside.