Unforgettable Weddings at Keuka College's Lakeside Chapel

Surrounded by rolling hills, vineyards, and the crystal clear waters of Keuka Lake, our location provides the perfect blend of natural beauty and modern convenience. Whether you're looking for a romantic ceremony by the water, a lakeside reception, or a weekend getaway with your guests, Keuka College has everything you need for a special and unforgettable event.

Have your dream wedding right on Keuka Lake any season of the year! We host ceremonies in Norton Chapel year-round. Choose the date and season that best fits your plans.

We know how important your wedding day is, and that's why we only book one ceremony a day. You'll get individualized attention, and have full control over the schedule of your big day. 

Planning Your Ceremony

We recommend that you try to reserve your wedding date at least 8 months in advance. If you have hired a wedding planner, please bring them to the rehearsal and notify Conference Services. 

Measurement of the aisle for runners is 60 feet from the alter to the last pew, and 85 feet to the door. There are 19 full pews down the main center aisle. We ask that all celebratory items be thrown outside the Chapel. 

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What to Expect:

  • Impressive views of Keuka Lake from the Chapel as well as gorgeous photo opportunities.
  • An on-site Chapel Coordinator for rehearsals and wedding day.
  • Getting-ready rooms for the bride and groom.
  • On-site parking.
  • On-campus and local accommodations that make it easy for guests to enjoy the area.
  • Recommendations on local ministers and justices of the peace, organists, vocalists, trumpet players, photographers and florists.
  • A state-of-the-art sound system, piano and organ that makes for an unforgettable soundtrack to your special day.
  • A hearing loop system allowing those with hearing aids, CIs or hearing loop listeners to enjoy the experience.

Our lakeside location allows for beautiful rehearsals, receptions, and overnight accommodations from May to August.

Wedding receptions at Keuka College can be customized in any way that you'd like. Indoor receptions are held in Geiser Dining Commons within Dahlstrom Student Center, right on Keuka College's campus. Outdoor receptions on our Chapel lawn can happen with the rental of a tent. 


Full-service catering is available, ensuring your reception is as delicious and stress-free experience. We can help you plan everything from a formal black tie event featuring ice sculptures and carved filet mignon, to a more casual affair featuring local produce and hand crafted hors d'oeuvres, to an authentic, ethnically themed menu. AVI Fresh will tailor every facet of your event to meet your specific needs.

No matter the number of guests or the budget you’re working with, AVI Fresh’s dedicated staff of catering professionals will create a reception that elevates and celebrates each and every special occasion. You can view our wedding reception catering prices here.

For more information or to schedule your event, please contact Keuka College Client and Conference Services Director Abigail Dinan. She can be reached by phone at: (315) 279-5289, or email at: [email protected].

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Vendor Type Vendor Contact Information
Florists Garden of Life in Penn Yan, NY
(315) 536-9560

Don's Own Florist & Flowers Delivery in Geneva, NY
(315) 789-2554
Transportation FitzGerald Brothers Transportation
(315) 828-6289

Finger Lakes Limousine & Coach
(315) 789-7272
Organ/Piano Elly Stempien
(315) 536-8402

Donald Will
(585) 750-9493


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Year Round Overnight Accommodations

Allen House

  • 3 Bedrooms (sleeps 6)
  • 3 Queen Beds
  • 1.5 Bathrooms
  • Kitchen and Dining Area
  • Living Room
  • Onsite Parking
  • AC Rooms
  • Linens and Towels Provided

Alumni House

  • 5 Bedrooms (sleeps 9)
  • 2 Queen Beds
  • 2 Full Beds
  • 1 Twin Bed
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Kitchen and Dining Area
  • Living Room
  • Onsite Parking
  • AC Rooms
  • Linens * Towels Provided

Residence Halls - Available End of May to Mid-August

Air-Conditioned Rooms:

  • Single, Double, Triple, Quad Occupancy
  • Shared bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Vending Machines

Non-Air Conditioned Rooms:

  • Single and Double Occupancy
  • Shared Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Vending Machines

On-Campus Apartments

  • One or Two Bedroom Apartments (sleeps 2-4 per apartment)
  • Kitchen
  • Living Area
  • Private Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Air Conditioned Rooms

Additional Overnight Accommodation Information 

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Norton Chapel was built in 1964 and named after Dr. Arthur H. Norton, long-time president of Keuka College and a proponent of a large and architecturally significant chapel. It was dedicated Oct. 10, 1964 as part of the observance of the 75th anniversary of the founding of Keuka College. It was constructed to serve as a physical symbol of the centrality of religion in adventurous living, as well as to provide facilities for worship, study, and reflection.

Materials for the building were gathered from distant parts of the United States as well as several foreign countries. The timber trusses are naturally finished laminated Douglas fir grown in Oregon, and the ceiling is cedar decking from the Pacific Coast. The white marble chancel platform was quarried in Vermont, the blown glass spheres in the chandeliers were created in Italy, and the heavy cedar shakes shingles came from Canada. Also, not a single nail was used on the interior construction of the chapel.

A 50-member choir may be seated in the balcony behind the chancel and in front of the 2,469 organ pipes and projected Spanish horns of the 3-manual pedal organ built by the Schlicker Organ Company Inc. of Buffalo. The organ was given as a gift to the College by Mrs. George Shipman Jephson of Cazenovia, as a memorial to her aunt, Evangeline Decker. The organ was dedicated April 25, 1965 with a special recital by David Craighead, head of the organ department at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

The chapel seats 650 with seating provided in the nave, transepts and a balcony above the narthex.

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