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 service policies below.

Next, fill out a private service application corresponding to your service type and submit it to us. You can mail or fax this, or send an email. Download the appropriate application below:

Rothko Chapel
1409 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006



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 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 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.

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.

private services policies

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



The base fee for wedding ceremonies and other private services is $1,500 for services on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and $1,200 for services on Monday through Thursday. 

The base fee for a memorial service is $1,000.

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure the date for all services.

Additional fees:

$150 for security, the need for which is determined on the day, time, and size of the event

$100 for services scheduled after 6 PM and/or if services have 100 or more guests

$150 for use of the sound system, which includes a sound technician

$100/hour for use of the office annex by service participants



Services are limited to 60 minutes. 

Please schedule your event between the hours of 11 AM and 7 PM and no more than six months in advance.

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 weekend after, and Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.

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

For weddings, we encourage you to schedule a rehearsal the day before the service between 6 and 7 PM. Rehearsals are limited to 20 participants. 



The maximum number of guests is 150.

The Chapel will close to the public 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony for guests to arrive and be seated.

We ask that all guests, aside from service participants, remain seated during the service.

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

sound and music

sound and music

Live music is welcome. 

A sound technician may be hired to run the Chapel's sound system to play recorded music and/or use microphones for an additional fee.

External audio systems and/or equipment are not permitted.

photography, videography, and electronic devices

photography, videography, and electronic devices

No photopraphy or videography is allowed inside of the Chapel building.

Photography and videography for personal use are permitted on the Chapel grounds. 

Props, furniture, or other external items used in photography are not permitted. 

Drones are not permitted for any photography or videography on the grounds, or any other photography or videography medium that may cause damage to a work of art or visitors.

Please silence all cell phones and other electronic devices while inside of the Chapel.

flowers and decoration

flowers and decoration

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

One framed photograph, a guestbook, programs, and/or one small flower arrangement may be placed on the foyer desk 30 minutes prior to the service. Please have any flower arrangement and/or other items for the foyer desk delivered no more than one-hour before the beginning of the ceremony.

Guests may not throw flowers or rice in the Chapel or on the Plaza.

Brides may carry one small bouquet during the ceremony, grooms may wear boutonnieres.

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