Call the church office to set the date for your wedding. Do this as far in advance of the wedding as possible. We will put you in contact with a pastor who will call you and set up a time to meet and go over things for your big day.
We will not schedule anything in the Sanctuary during the time you have scheduled your wedding. Please be aware that unforeseen situations such as funerals may arise. Your wedding date and time will not be compromised, yet it may become necessary to dress in an area other than the one originally planned or to briefly delay the placement of your wedding decorations. If an occasion such as this should arise, we will notify you as soon as possible and we ask for your understanding and patience.
On your wedding day the building (Sanctuary, Narthex, Bride Room and Groom Room) will be available to you for up to six hours before and one hour following the service. Experience has shown that this is the right amount of time needed for a wedding party to get ready and pictures to be taken.
The pastors at Peace Lutheran want to help you with your wedding and marriage. Pastors are assigned weddings according to their availability; this assignment is done in an effort to respect their schedules and commitments. Once a pastor is assigned the decision is final and no changes will be made.
If you desire an offsite wedding you will need to contact the church to find out if a pastor is available. You will also need to discuss with them any concerns involving premarital counseling and fees.
The Fellowship Hall and the Gymnasium are available for wedding receptions. Fees are found on our fee schedule. You are responsible for your set up and clean up. NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE ALLOWED. This applies to off-site weddings primarily for the wedding rehearsal and wedding ceremony.
A minimum of two ushers (more may be helpful if over 100 guests are expected) are necessary to light candles, seat guests, etc. Ushers should be mature and responsible as the nature of the tasks requires confidence and decisiveness, as well as responding to any emergency that may arise.
Peace Lutheran is a smoke free campus.
Some Additional Notes
The wedding is a Peace Lutheran Worship Service. Participants and guests should conduct themselves accordingly.
The arrangement in the Chancel (altar area) generally stays the same. There is a possibility, during some seasons of the church, there could be items in the Chancel area such as plants, banners, decorations, or seasonal trees that can be moved.
If gifts are brought to the church, the church assumes no responsibility for them. Someone should be in charge of gifts at all times. Someone should be in charge of checking the pews and dressing rooms to make sure all personal items are picked up. The church is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
The use of silk flowers is popular for wedding participants such as hand bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, etc. You are asked to use live flowers at the Altar and for the unity candle. These signify we worship a living God.
Pew bows or bouquets must be secured with pew clips (3M or Command strips) which are available from any craft store.
It is helpful, but not necessary, to have a printed bulletin to inform guests of the order of service and the names of participants in the wedding. You will need to make an appointment with the pastor and coordinator to discuss and approve the bulletin and order of service. We do not provide this service for you.
Elements to Avoid
To preserve the beauty of the church and minimize clean-up, we ask that you do not throw rice, birdseed, flower petals, or release balloons on church premises. Bubbles can be blown outside or guests can ring bells.
Food and Beverages
We ask that you keep food and beverages to a minimum while at Peace Lutheran. Only have clear liquids on the day of the wedding to ensure that there are no stains.
Drug and Alcohol Policy:
Peace Lutheran has a zero tolerance rule of using drug and alcohol on church property. If any member of your wedding party shows evidence of drinking or drug use at the rehearsal or marriage ceremony, the ceremony will be postponed for another date or cancelled. It is the couple’s responsibility to see that the wedding party and family abide by this policy. This policy also applies to offsite weddings.
The wedding committee will consult with you on church decorations and will meet with you to discuss what we have available for you to use. A unity candle is often desired. These can be ordered through your florist or purchased at bridal stores. Note: We do not allow “wax” candles to be used anywhere in the worship space except on the unity candle/memory candle stands.
At other points throughout the year there are decorations that are not to be removed; (specifically the Saturday following Vacation Bible School the Sanctuary has decorations set up to represent the theme of VBS. Also during the season of Advent and Christmas there are Christmas decorations adorning the Sanctuary; this includes wreaths and a nativity scene and are also to remain up during your wedding ceremony).
The pastors expect all couples to attend pre-marriage preparation. They believe that you want to begin your married relationship with as many tools as you can gather for a lifetime of growth together in a successful marriage. By participating in these meetings you are making an important decision to invest more deeply in what God has given you—each other and your relationship.
Minnesota law requires a license to marry. You must apply for the license a minimum of five days before the wedding (not counting the day you apply; remember to also allow for weekends). A marriage license is good for six months. You apply at the Recorder’s Office in the county of the bride’s current residence; you must bring proof of age for bride and groom. For Kandiyohi County the Recorder’s Office is located at 400 Benson Ave SW, Willmar, MN 56201. If you have additional questions please call them at 320.231.6223. The Minnesota license is currently $110.00. The state legislature passed a law that enables couples who have completed premarital counseling to pay a discounted fee of $40.00 The pastor marrying you will provide the required documentation for the discounted rate after you have completed marriage preparation classes. Please bring your marriage license to the rehearsal.
Peace Lutheran welcomes other pastors to be part of your wedding. We are able to work with the following denominations: Presbyterian Church (USA), Reformed Church in America, United Church of Christ, Episcopal Church, Moravian Church, and United Methodist Church. We are willing to work with other pastors outside of these denominations, but we do require a meeting between both pastors before any formal plans are made. The Peace Lutheran pastor will be the officiating pastor and will make decisions regarding service leadership. Please have the guest pastor contact one of Peace Lutheran’s pastors to discuss the ceremony. The Peace Lutheran Wedding Committee and the Peace Lutheran pastors are available to help you with any questions you have about your special day. A guest pastor will be invited to participate at various and appropriate places in the ceremony.
We are pleased that you’ve chosen Peace Lutheran for your wedding. Listed below are some of the people who will be working with you to help make your wedding the beautiful and meaningful event you want it to be. To schedule your wedding and begin the process please contact our office staff at email@example.com or 320.354.2774
Keith Pearson 612.718.4197
Martha Alsleben 320.979.3822 Chair of Wedding Committee
Annette Krupe 612.791.0462
Karen Nestande 320.212.0424
Janine Pearson 612.581.8648
Nancy Nelson 320.212.0170
Minister of Music Interim:
Brian & Sherry Pearson 320.354.4819
Daphne Evenson (organist) 320.354.5156
Saralyn Olson (organist) 320.354.4531