Due to the Opening Spaces project and reopening public programming, the Chapel will be available for private services beginning in September 2020. Private services may be reserved no more than 6 months in advance. Reservations will be taken beginning in March 2020.
A dedicated Chapel representative works with you to prepare for the service, and is on-site during the service to assist as needed. We typically get in touch within a few days of receiving your application to schedule an in-person meeting. During this meeting, we review private service policies, conduct a walk-through of the Chapel, and discuss and confirm seating arrangements, setup requests and fees.
Please have someone in mind who can be your on-site coordinator for the day of your service. Preferably, this is someone not involved in the service, so they are available to coordinate with our staff during the event.
At that point, if you are ready to commit, we ask you to sign an agreement and pay the non-refundable deposit. The remaining balance is due no later than one week prior to the service.
For inquiries, please fill out the applicable service application below.
Once completed, applications may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or via mail to:
Attn: Visitor Services Manager
1409 Sul Ross
Houston, TX 77006
Please note that all services held at the Chapel must go through the application process listed above. We do not allow services to take place on the Plaza, Grounds, or within the Chapel without the express written permission of the Rothko Chapel.
The Rothko Chapel has created these policies to make sure services run smoothly and professionally.
Wedding Ceremony & Other Services: $2,000
Memorial Service: $1,000
Security Officer (required for weekend services): $160
Sound Technician: $150
100+ Guests: $100
Use of Office Annex: $100/hour
Services may last no more than 60 minutes.
Services must take place between the hours of 10am and 6pm.
Services may not be scheduled more than 6 months in advance.
Services may not be scheduled during the following holidays: MLK Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve – New Year’s Day.
Ceremonies and receptions are not permitted on the Plaza or grounds.
An in-person meeting is required to secure a reservation.
Wedding rehearsals are encouraged and can be held the day before the ceremony from 6-7pm.
A maximum of 150 guests are allowed to attend private services.
All guests, aside from the service participants, must be seated during the service.
Additional guests will not be allowed to stand inside but will be directed to overflow seating or to the Plaza.
The Chapel will close to the public 30 minutes before the beginning of the ceremony to allow for guest arrival and seating.
All guests will receive a card welcoming them to the Rothko Chapel and informing them of the Chapel’s guidelines: no food or liquids inside, no photography or video, no talking on cell phones, no touching artwork.
Live music is welcome. Musicians may arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the ceremony.
A sound technician can be hired to run the Rothko Chapel’s sound system to play recorded music and/or use microphones for an additional fee.
External sound equipment or sound systems may not be used.
Photography and videotaping are not permitted inside the Chapel building but are permitted on the Chapel Plaza and grounds.
Cell phones and other electronic devices should be silenced.
Decorations including candles, large flower arrangements, photographs, artwork, or slides are not permitted inside the Chapel or on the Plaza. Flowers and/or rice may not be thrown in the Chapel or on the Plaza.
One framed photograph and/or one small flower arrangement may be placed on an easel or the lecturn in the Chapel vestibule 30 minutes prior to the service.
Printed programs and/or a guestbook may be placed on the vestibule lecturn or distributed by Chapel volunteers.
Service participants (bride, groom, attendants) may carry small bouquets and/or wear boutonnieres.
We ask that no caskets or funerary urns be brought into the Chapel or on the grounds.
Gifts and additional flower arrangements for the family should be directed elsewhere.