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The Helen Hills Hills Chapel serves the functions of the religious and community service groups on campus to the extent that their scheduled activities are priority. The building may be reserved by additional members of the Smith College community when the space is not in use. Members are defined as: current students, alumna/i, current employees, and alumna/i of the Campus School and the Clarke School, Northampton. The family of a Smith College community member is eligible to reserve the space. Family members include: grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, siblings, and children.


Wedding ceremonies are scheduled on Saturdays at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. We cannot accommodate Friday or Sunday weddings during the academic year. Rehearsal times are restricted to one hour starting at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., or 6 p.m. on the Friday evening before the ceremony. Your reservation begins 30 minutes before the time of the ceremony and lasts for a total of 2 hours. For example, if your wedding is scheduled for 2 p.m., your reservation is from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., including photography sessions. There are no exceptions to these timeframes. Please be sure your photographer is aware of this time constraint in fairness to the custodial staff and the next bridal party.


To obtain information about use of the Chapel for a wedding or other events, please call Maureen Raucher in the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at 413-585-2754 during the hours of 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.


In addition to the sanctuary, the Bodman Lounge and kitchen are available for meetings and receptions. Wine is the only alcoholic beverage allowed anywhere on the premises, and it is permitted only in the Bodman Lounge. Smoking is prohibited.


The cost for the use of the building for a wedding is $575.00 (this fee is waived only for currently enrolled Smith students). The fee includes a one-hour rehearsal, two hours for the wedding, and the services of a custodian for both the rehearsal and the wedding. The charge for the use of the Bodman Lounge and kitchen for a reception is $100.00.

Insurance Requirements

Smith College requires that all outside groups using campus space provide liability insurance for a minimum of one million dollars, covering the actual dates and times the group plans to use the space. Please note that the general liability insurance is applicable to everyone renting space at Smith.

The following insurance is required with these minimum limits of liability:

  1. General Liability - $1,000,000 CSL per occurrence/$2,000,000 aggregate

The Program (wedding) must provide proof of insurance through the issuance of a certificate of insurance showing the above coverages and limits specified. If the Program carries higher limits than those specified above, such limits must be shown on the certificate. Smith College has the right to demand a copy of any insurance policy. Certificates must be filed with the college before the Program is permitted on campus. The Program is required to add Smith College to its General Liability and Employer's Liability insurance policies with the following wording, "Smith College, including its current and former trustees, officers, directors, employees, volunteer workers, agents, assigns and students, is added to this policy as additional insured." This insurance requirement shall not be construed as limiting in any way the extent to which the Program may be held responsible for the payment of damages to any persons resulting from its operations or the activities of any person or persons for which it is liable.

Personnel Arrangements

Persons reserving the Chapel facility are responsible for making their own arrangements with clergy, an organist, or other musicians. Visiting clergy and musicians are always welcome. Please keep in mind the following: