Photo by Michelline Hall

Looking for a unique, beautiful, and historic wedding venue?

Consider Lynchburg’s OId City Cemetery, whose 27 acres make the perfect setting for your special day. We offer several different locations for ceremonies, both indoors and outside. See below for more information about specific wedding locations and rates.

Contact the Cemetery Center to make a reservation or for more information: (434) 847-1465 or



Weddings at Old City Cemetery Are Now Full Service!

The Comfort House offers restrooms, private changing space, and a catering kitchen for weddings and receptions of all sizes. Use of the building and its terrace is included in all wedding rentals.

Essential Information


Bicentennial Chapel

This unique museum provides a charming setting for the traditional wedding ceremony. The Chapel’s ten pews will seat approximately 60–70 people.

Shrub Garden

Surround yourself with the bounty of nature in the Cemetery’s old-fashioned Shrub Garden. Located across the drive from the Chapel.

Lotus Pond

The Lotus Pond and adjacent butterfly garden are an ideal natural setting for weddings. The peak of lotus bloom is in July and August. Peak butterfly activity is in August.

Confederate Section

Enjoy the shade of sugar maple trees and the picturesque “temple” in the historic Confederate Section. The Veterans Bench and terrace can accommodate 100+ people.


All wedding rates include the following:

   •      Use of the Bicentennial Chapel or any area of the grounds for your ceremony
   •      Use of the Comfort House for wedding party and guests
   •      One hour of rehearsal time on a selected date

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. $600
2 p.m. – 7 p.m. $600
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. $1,000

All rented facilities and spaces must be vacated by the end of the rental period, including take-down and clean-up. If additional staff time is required before 9 a.m. or after 7 p.m., the following rate applies: $100 per hour.

Optional Charges:
Six-seat golf cart and driver: $100/hour
Piano tuning: $100
Take-down/clean-up service: $100

A 50% non-refundable deposit confirms your reservation. The balance is due 14 days prior to the wedding date. No dates may be held without a deposit.

Rules & Guidelines


  • Any pre-wedding preparations or post-wedding clean-up must be part of the rental period. All wedding activity, including clean-up and take-down, must be completed by dusk. The Cemetery gates are locked at sunset. The renter is responsible for returning all furnishings to their designated places. (This “take-down” service can be provided for $100.)
  • Please discuss your parking needs with the Cemetery staff. Space is limited; carpooling is encouraged. (A five-passenger golf cart and driver can be provided for $100.)
  • All decorations, equipment, supplies, and trash must be removed from the grounds at the conclusion of the wedding.
  • No rice, confetti, or bird seed may be showered on the bride and groom. Many couples choose to ring the Chapel bell instead.
  • All wedding reservations include one hour of rehearsal time on another day.
  • The renter is responsible for any damage or loss as a consequence of the event.
  • The Chapel piano may be tuned in advance of your ceremony for an additional fee of $100.

Bicentennial Chapel

  • Nothing may be attached to the Chapel walls in any way. No decorations may be attached to the windows. No tape may be used on railings or pews.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the Chapel.
  • No candles may be lit inside the Chapel, with the exception of ceremonial candles.
  • No incense or air fresheners are allowed.
  • No smoking is allowed inside any Cemetery building.
  • Included in rentals of the Chapel are use of the piano, electrified pump organ, pulpit, and ringing of the bell.

Garden Areas

  • Visitors are encouraged to be respectful of gravesites and plantings. Parents are responsible for the actions of their children throughout the entire Cemetery.