Weddings at Pres House Campus Church
Convenient Campus Location
Pres House campus church is a home in the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Our chapel is a Madison landmark on the Library Mall and a popular spot for weddings. It is just steps away from the Memorial Union and Lake Mendota, at the foot of State Street and in view of the State Capitol. Our central location in downtown Madison provides convenience and ease in capturing classic and spontaneous outdoor shots of you and your wedding party. Pres House is within walking distance or a short drive from numerous popular reception venues—the ideal location for your dream wedding.
Simple Gothic Elegance
Established in 1907 by the Presbyterian Church, this striking Neo-Gothic stone building is an architectural landmark on the UW–Madison campus. Newly renovated in 2007, Pres House campus church maintains its historic charm. We have beautiful stained-glass windows and hand-carved woodwork, and have added modern amenities such as air conditioning and upholstered chairs that seat up to 250 guests in the chapel. The beauty, character, and simple elegance of Pres House makes it the perfect setting for a traditional, yet intimate site for your church wedding.
Pres House is a campus ministry for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As part of its outreach to the community, anyone may rent the chapel for a wedding. Many couples that are married at Pres House campus church do not have a home church or parish. They might live outside of Madison or are from different denominational traditions and need a neutral location for their wedding. Pres House allows the flexibility to choose your own minister or a judge to perform your ceremony. We can also provide names of people if you need help finding someone to officiate. You have the freedom to customize any style of ceremony, using whatever words and music you wish. We are happy to offer our experience and suggestions to help you create a unique and meaningful service. Pres House is open and welcoming of LGBTQ couples seeking a location for your special ceremony.
Our wedding coordinator, Marilee Standifer, will give you a tour of the facility and help coordinate some of the details leading up to your wedding day. Marilee will be there to help orchestrate the flow of the rehearsal and she is available for any questions and support needed by the wedding party. On your wedding day, she is available to troubleshoot any issues that might arise for the wedding party or guests and will help make sure the ceremony runs smoothly.
To see if your wedding date is available, review the Pres House Calendar. Saturdays during the summer have three different time slots (8-11:30 a.m., 12-3:30 p.m., and 4-7:30 p.m.) available for weddings. Weddings can be booked between May 21st and August 20th.
The chapel is shown by appointment only. Please make an appointment with Marilee Sandifer, Wedding Coordinator, if you would like to see the chapel or need to schedule any follow-up visits for planning purposes.
Reserving A Wedding Date
For information on reserving the chapel at Pres House campus church for your wedding, including the cost, guidelines, and to print the Wedding Reservation Form, download the
- Wedding Ceremony Guidelines and Reservation Form
- Wedding Calendar
- Wedding Videos: Kate & Josh at Pres House
- Wedding Video: Tanis & Terry at Pres House
- See photos of the facility
- Google Map: Pres House
For More Information, Contact:
Marilee Sandifer, Pres House Wedding Coordinator
Comments From Past Brides And Grooms
“Everything was beautiful and all went as planned. Thank you so much for everything! I would recommend The Pres House to ANYONE for their wedding!!”
“The Wedding Coordinator went above and beyond in every way possible to ensure that my wedding was a success. “Excellent” does not begin to describe her performance and her dedication to her job. In addition to her many duties that day, she also helped to create extra flower arrangements, drove us to our photo site when we were in a pinch and created a wedding script that won rave reviews by our guests. When I walked down the aisle, the church decorations were more beautiful than I could have imagined. Even in the stress of the rush, she made the room feel calm and made sure everyone was on task. You are very lucky to have her at the Pres House. She is amazing!!!”
“Everything was beautiful and went very smoothly! The Wedding Coordinator was very helpful in coordinating everyone and making sure the quartet knew when to play, the ushers knew what they were doing, and everyone was in the right place at the right time. I appreciate everything you did to make sure the day was perfect for us. Thank you.”
“Everything was so phenomenal …and because we had our ceremony here we were able to refer some close friends for their wedding next October!”
Room Reservations for Other Events
Pres House campus church has several other rooms that are also available for events, including use by student organizations, religious groups, classes, and the general public. The following rooms are available:
- Lower Hall: Lower level of Pres House, capacity: 120
- Pridham Lounge: Main floor of Pres House, capacity: 75
- Allison Lounge: Second floor of Pres House, capacity: 40