When it comes to weddings, Robert Carr Chapel is sizzling.
Couples schedule weddings up to two years in advance, Chapel and Events Coordinator Kayli Burnett said, and the word around campus is to book the Chapel upon registering at TCU to snag a spot.
Built in 1953 and designed by architect Joseph R. Pelich, the hallmark Chapel was nominated as one of the Metroplex’s best ceremony sites for the past two years by members of the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners (AACWP), Burnett said.
The Chapel, with its Georgian Colonial Revival architectural design, columns and inward opening shutters, hosts about 110 weddings a year and is open to the community, Burnett said. The typical wedding color is, you guessed it – purple.
Burnett credits part of the Chapel’s popularity to her predecessor’s management skills. However, AACWP Executive Director Micki Novak said more planners moving to the metroplex as well as the Chapel’s accessibility could also be factors. Plus, Novak said, the Chapel’s staff is “easy to work with.”
“Robert Carr does not ask you where you are a member. They simply open their doors,” she said. “You can go to Robert Carr Chapel and don’t have to be a member of an organization. There are not many venues that will do that.”
TCU members are given a price cut, and costs range from $700 to $1500. The bride and groom provide their own officiant, and any music played inside the Chapel must be sacred.
However, there is no dress code that Burnett is aware of, she said, which means even zombie brides are welcome.
“It would throw me for a loop. I wouldn’t know what to do,” she said. “But yeah, technically, somebody could do that.”
While no rules govern Chapel wedding attire, TCU Facility Planning and Construction Director Harold Leeman said he has heard of a rule requiring that nothing be built taller than the Chapel, whose spire, at 137 feet, is TCU’s loftiest spot. However, Leeman added, he has not seen the rule in writing.
Burnett said the Chapel’s history and connection to TCU make it a special place for her.
“It is so beautiful on the inside, you don’t really need that much decoration,” she said. “There’s a presence about it when you walk in. It is just very beautiful and spiritual. That’s why I like it.”
But would Burnett tie the knot there?
“I think so,” she said. “One day, hopefully.”
For more information about Robert Carr Chapel, visit chapel.tcu.edu.