On-Campus Weddings

Leffler Chapel exterior

The beauty of Leffler Chapel and the surrounding campus make Elizabethtown College the perfect place to hold a wedding in Lancaster County and southeastern Pennsylvania. Many lovely wedding venues are available during the summer and academic year. We've seen alumni -- who met while in college -- return to campus to say their vows. Members of the general community looking for a nearby location for an outdoor wedding also find the campus to be a great choice. 

Wedding ceremonies can be held on the campus of Elizabethtown College at various outdoor and indoor locations depending on the intimacy of the wedding.


Leffler Chapel

Leffler Chapel features an ornate, multipurpose auditorium with seating for 840 guests. The center isle leading to the stage ensures that the bride remains the focal point of the ceremony.

Young Center Exterior

Young Center

The Young Center is a beautiful stone building located near Lake Placida. Inside, the Center features the Bucher Meeting house -- a room built to resemble authentic, historic meeting houses. The Bucher Meeting house seats 125 guests.

Lake Gazebo

Lake Gazebo

Located in a wooded area near the Young Center, the Lake Gazebo provides the perfect scenic touch for any wedding. The stone path leading up to the gazebo and Lake Placida in the background set the tone for a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony. The surrounding area can accommodate seating for about 100 people. Outdoor seating is not provided by the College and must be arranged by the wedding party.

Reception Areas

The Elizabethtown College campus offers reception sites for weddings of all sizes, including the “KĀV”, located in the Brossman Commons Student Center (seating for 200), the Susquehanna & Swatara Rooms located in Myer Hall (seating for 200), and the M & M Mars Room located in Leffler Chapel (seating for 75-100). Our setup and catering crews can style any of these rooms to your specifications.

Wedding Reception in the Susquehanna Room
tables set for wedding reception with linens and floral arrangements

Catering for wedding receptions is provided exclusively by Elizabethtown College’s Catering Department. Please direct any catering inquiries to the Catering Manager at 717.361.1155, or by email at catering@etown.edu.

Policies and Information 

Additional fees:

$50.00 for failure to remove any placed decorations

 $200.00 for noise violations (applies to outdoor facilities only)


These regulations apply to all facilities unless otherwise specified:

Wedding parties must provide their own minister and/or musician. Elizabethtown College does not coordinate these services.

College Staff will be provided to supervise all events including wedding rehearsals.

Candles may be used in indoor facilities, but only with prior approval and only with proper protective covering surrounding the candles, both under and around all candles.

Any decorations placed in Leffler Chapel, Bucher Meetinghouse at the Young Center, the Lake Gazebo or on the grounds by the wedding party must be removed prior to departure from campus. College signs are not to be moved.

Light refreshments, with prior approval of the college and arranged through the College’s Catering Services, are permitted in the lobby of Leffler Chapel and the seminar rooms and greeting area of the Young Center. No food or drink is permitted in Musser Auditorium at Leffler Chapel and Bucher Meetinghouse at the Young Center.

Elizabethtown College permits the service of limited alcoholic beverages for outside groups who use the Susquehanna Room in Myer Hall for social functions catered by the College.  Only beer, wine and champagne may be served; spirits are not permitted.  All events must offer alternative, non-alcoholic beverages for those who choose not to use alcohol and must also serve food in quantities sufficient to ensure that alcohol use is not the primary focus or function of the event. Outside event sponsors are required to purchase and deliver alcoholic beverages to the Catering Manager after 8:00am on the date of the event.  Sponsors must remove unused alcohol from college premises immediately following the event; no open bottles or containers will be returned.  The sponsor must designate in advance one person to deliver and remove the alcohol.  No cash bars will be allowed, and event sponsors may not charge participants.  Only college employees who are TIPS-trained or RAMPS-trained and certified for the service of alcohol are permitted to serve alcoholic beverages.  The college will charge a service fee for the service of alcohol, in addition to rental and catering fees.  Participants may not pour alcohol for themselves or others.  Alcohol may be served for no more than three hours.  The complete Alcohol Policy for Outside Groups at Elizabethtown College can be obtained by contacting the College's catering manager.

Indoor facilities are air-conditioned and therefore, outside doors and windows must be kept closed in summer.

The Bucher Meetinghouse is regarded as a museum and only activities in keeping with the purpose of the building will be granted access. No overnight use of the Meetinghouse is permitted.

Only birdseed is permitted to be thrown and must be kept outside the building.

Elizabethtown College does not provide outdoor seating. It is the responsibility of the wedding party to coordinate these services with an outside vendor. All outside contracts are subject to the approval of the College.

All outdoor weddings are conditional and subject to Elizabethtown's noise regulation policies and approval. Activities involving noise of any type must be approved, in advance, with Elizabethtown College. Violations will result in a fine listed above. The wedding party will also be responsible for fines incurred through violations of the Elizabethtown Borough sound ordinance.

Liability insurance must be provided in the amount of $1 million dollars per occurrence and $2 million dollars aggregate with Elizabethtown College named as additional insured on the policy.

Please contact the Special Events & Summer Programs office at 717.361.1481 to request additional information about weddings at Elizabethtown College.