The history of the Wedding Chapel began as an Episcopal Methodist Church in 1845. During the City of Ringgold Georgia’s Civil War history, it was destroyed by fire as Sherman marched towards Atlanta. After the damage, the Church was given a meager $600 to rebuild – but they did.
In 1987, Helen Boyd opened the chapel to allow her Brides and Grooms to view their upcoming wedding décor. Couples began to come into the chapel asking to be married. Helen located a minister and the wedding chapel began to join couples together as one. Teresa James purchased the business in 2008, she turned that old church into a 1st class Wedding Chapel. Since then, the Chapel has served not only the Southeast, but happy couples from all over the world.
Since purchasing the Chapel, Teresa and her staff have grown it to be one of the best Wedding Chapels in the area. In fact, the Ringgold Wedding Chapel was nominated for the Chattanooga Times Free Press: Best of the Best in Wedding Venue in 2011 and won in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and first runner up for 2016.
When you come, be sure to check out the “Couple Hall of Fame.” The inductees to this Hall of Fame were chosen based on criteria such as, the longest-married couple, oldest in age, most creative story, traveling the furthest to be married at the chapel and the best love story. New inductees are added one to two times a year. There is also a chance that you will see someone famous while you’re there. Ricky Townsend, of New York Giants’ fame was married at the chapel on Christmas Eve. Bob Harvey, from Jefferson Airplane, chose Valentine’s Day to tie the knot here as well.
Ringgold is not just the wedding capital of the South. It is the wedding capital of the world! Couples from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East regularly visit the Ringgold Wedding Chapel in order to get married and begin their new lives together. Whether you are from Germany, France, Japan, Australia, or any other country in the world, we are here to conduct your wedding and to make your stay enjoyable as well as unforgettable.