private services

make the Chapel your own

Everything that makes the Rothko Chapel the unique experience it is also makes it a unique setting for private services. The Chapel has welcomed weddings, memorials, baptisms, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other services commemorating significant life events. 

a simple process

To get started, we recommend that you review the private services policies below.

Next, fill out the completed private services application and chapel setup page and submit it to us. You can mail or fax this, or send an email.

We typically get in touch within a few days of receiving your application to schedule an in-person meeting. During this meeting, we go over the 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 he or she is 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.

private services policies

The Rothko Chapel has created these policies to make sure services run smoothly and professionally.



The base fee for a memorial service is $1000 and $1500 for all other services. The non-refundable deposit amount is $500 or $750.

Additional fees:

$250 for services scheduled after 5 PM and/or if services have 100 or more guests

$200 for use of the sound system, which includes a sound technician

$100/hour for on-site dressing rooms

$100 for more than 20 guests at the rehearsal



Please limit services to 60 minutes. Guests may be seated 15 minutes before the service begins.

Please schedule your event between the hours of 11 AM and 7 PM.

Please schedule events no farther out than six months.

Holidays observed by the administrative offices are not available for private events. These include MLK Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, and Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.

Services and receptions are not permitted on the Plaza or lawn.

For weddings, we encourage you to schedule a rehearsal the day before the service between 5 and 6 PM.



The maximum number of guests is 150.

We ask that all guests remain seated during the service.

Any additional guests should sit in overflow seating outside the Chapel or stand on the plaza.

sound and music

sound and music

Live music is welcome.

We can provide a sound technician, for a fee, if the service requires recorded music, microphones or other audio needs.

photography, videography, and electronic devices

photography, videography, and electronic devices

Photography and videotaping are permitted on the Chapel grounds, with permission, but not inside the Chapel building.

Please silence all cell phones and other electronic devices. Talking on cell phone inside the Chapel is not allowed.

flowers and decoration

flowers and decoration

Decorations, including candles, flower arrangements, photographs, artwork, or slides are not permitted inside the Chapel or on the plaza, except as noted below. 

Guests may not throw flowers or rice on the plaza.

One framed photograph may be placed on the foyer desk prior to the service.

One small flower arrangement may be placed on the foyer desk prior to the service. Please have any arrangement delivered within an hour of the beginning of the ceremony.

A bride may carry one small bouquet during the ceremony.

We can provide a podium for your guestbook.

Caskets and funerary urns are not permitted in the Chapel or on the plaza.

A dedicated Chapel representative works with you to prepare for the service, and is on-site during the service to help as needed.