Information on Member and Non-Member Weddings at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities

SCHEDULING

The church is available for weddings between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm on Saturdays, 4:00 pm being the latest we like to begin a ceremony.  A typical ceremony is 30 minutes in length.  Rehearsals are usually held at 6:00 pm, the evening prior to the wedding and typically last 1 hour.  Friday evening weddings are also possible, with the latest starting time being 6:00 pm.  Bethlehem is not available for Sunday weddings.

FEES

The fees for 2018/2019 cover the cost of providing quality services to support you as you plan for your marriage and the wedding day itself.  They include a wedding coordinator, building use fee, pastor, organist and/or pianist, sound technician, custodian, Prepare/Enrich premarital inventory, Pre-Marriage Retreat, Me to We Mini-Financial Workshop and administration fees.  Total fees are $1,280.00.  A deposit of $480 is required to reserve a wedding date.  $190 of the deposit is nonrefundable once classes have been taken.

REQUIREMENTS

  1. All couples married at Bethlehem must take part in our four-step marriage preparation process. This includes the “Getting Started” session and Prepare/Enrich, the “Pre-Marriage Retreat”, “Me to We”mini-financial workshop and meeting with one of our pastors. Bethlehem offers Winter, Spring, and Fall pre-marriage sessions. To register, contact Chris Haugen, [email protected], 612.312.3418.
  2. Attend a “Getting Started” Session, meet our wedding coordinators as they share what to expect at your rehearsal and wedding day and hear directions about taking the online version of the Prepare/Enrich Pre-Marriage Inventory.  Sundays 11:30 am – 12:00 pm. Choose one date: Sept. 15, 2019 & Jan. 19, 2020
  3. Attend a Saturday “Pre-Marriage Retreat” at Bethlehem, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.   This is a day worth making time for Karen Stevensen, a Marriage and Family Counselor leads you through a fun and interactive day covering issues relating to communication, conflict resolution, intimacy and family systems. The $150 cost includes the facilitator fee, materials, light breakfast, and lunch. Choose one date: October 26, 2019, January 25, 2020, March 14, 2020, May 2, 2020, September 26, 2020
  4. Attend a “Me to We”  mini-financial workshop at Bethlehem, a 2-hour workshop. Tuesday nights from 6:30 – 8:30 pm or on Saturday mornings from 10:00 –  12:00 pm. Choose one date:  Tuesday, November 5, 2019; Saturday, November 9, 2019 

We are excited to play a part not only in your wedding ceremony but also in helping you grow a healthy relationship! Other couples who have been through the retreat and financial workshop have found the process very helpful, so we’re confident that you will also benefit from it and have a great time doing it!