Reserving Event Space at Wells

We offer the opportunity to reserve campus spaces for weddings, conferences, or other special events.
Hold your special event in our spacious and beautiful dining hall, auditoriums, or certain classroom spaces — all on the shore of Cayuga Lake.
ryerson commons terrace with tables and umbrellas
art exhibit room with couches and lined up chairs
string room gallery with student at desk
macmillan hall chapel
view of the dining hall
zabriskie lecture room with chairs and long desks


At Wells College, we offer both indoor and outdoor locations for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Our facilities accommodate small gatherings or groups up to 300. Throughout June and July, take advantage of our beautiful location and historic buildings to hold a memorable and beautiful ceremony. Preferred locations include the Main Building chapel with available pipe organ and the newly dedicated Ryerson Commons terrace.


Our academic spaces offer state of the art classrooms, conference rooms, and an auditorium and are available during the months of June and July. Choose from our newly renovated Zabriskie Hall, the impressive Stratton Hall science building, the unique architecture of Long Library, and more — or choose from a variety of other types of meeting and gathering spaces for your event. Attendees have the option of staying in our residence halls, a comfortable, convenient, affordable option on campus. Residence halls may be rented by the room or building.

Family Reunions

Our academic buildings and residence halls are also available for family reunions. Hold a picnic on the Ryerson Commons outdoor patio, plan gatherings in the residence hall lounges, and enjoy the lakeside location with your family.

How to Get More Info

To inquire about reserving an event space — for a wedding, group meeting, overnight stay, or other use — please contact our Autumn Devries at

Q & A

Do you host private events or weddings year round?
To accommodate our academic calendar, Wells only rents spaces for outside events from the beginning of June through July 31. No events are scheduled on campus when classes are in session.

Is there a deposit required?
We require a 50% non-refundable deposit, which is applied toward the total cost of your event. The deposit is due at signing of contract and the remaining balance is due one week prior to event.

Can we bring in our own caterer?
All food and beverage services are provided by Wells Campus Dining and Events.  Please contact Mark Robinson, director of dining services, at 315.364.3378 or for more information.

What are the bar options?
Wells Campus Dining and Events provides a variety of bar packages for catered events; please call us at 315.364.3378 for more information. The College pub, the Well, is available for rental and serves beer, wine and cider.

Can I smoke on campus?
No. Wells College is a non-smoking campus.

Do you provide chairs and tents for outside ceremonies and are there additional fees for them?
Chairs for outside ceremonies are rented from a local rental company and fees charged from a local rental company are passed directly to the event organizer.

Can I rent part of a residence hall with no other events allowed in the building?
You may rent a full dorm building for a set price, which will prevent the building being shared with other events.

Are bedding and towels included in the residence hall room rental?
Yes.  We provide sheets, blankets, towels, some toiletries.  Bedding can be changed during extended stays for an additional fee. You may bring your own and utilize our laundry facilities located in each residence hall.

Pricing Information


Campus Spaces & Cost per Day

Chapel, wedding $300.00
Chapel, other event $250.00
Dining Hall $300.00
Ryerson Commons Terrace $300.00
Macmillan Hall, Phipps Theater $350.00
Main Building, lobby $150.00
Main Building, Faculty Parlors $150.00
Main Building, String Room Gallery $250.00
Smith Hall, Sommer Center $300.00
Smith Hall, The Well pub $250.00/4 hours
          $250/3 hours, "after hours"
Stratton Hall, 90-seat auditorium $200.00
Stratton Hall, 1st floor atrium $200.00
Stratton Hall, 2nd floor atrium $200.00
Classroom, with technology $60.00
Classroom, without IT $30.00
Library, 16-seat room with IT $125.00
Library, 16-seat without IT $100.00
Library, 26-seat room with IT $175.00
Library, 26-seat room without IT $150.00
Macmillan Hall, Art Exhibit Room approx. 75-seat meeting space $350.00


Lodging in Residence Hall:

Rooms Available & Cost per Night

Single Bed: $55.00
Two Single Beds: $80.00
Weld House Single with AC: $65.00
Weld House Double with AC: $90.00

Campus Extras

8’ tables: $10 each
Folding chairs: $3.00 each + $60 setup fee
Additional tables and chairs for outside ceremonies are rented locally; we handle the arrangements and the fees are passed directly to the event organizer.

Golf Course

Open 7 days, 7 a.m. to dark. Call 315.364.8024 for tee times and greens fees.

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