Advance Planning

American Lutheran is available for weddings for any person. Use of our facilities is on a first-come, first-served basis. This means that the earlier you reserve a date and time, the more likely you will be able to reserve the date that you choose. A $100 deposit is required at the time of reservation to be paid to the church office and will be applied toward any other fees applicable. This fee will be nonrefundable.

Because it is our desire to serve our members, we have chosen to give current members of American Lutheran first priority when reserving a date for a wedding.

The Wedding Date and Time

Please contact the Pastor before you make final wedding arrangements. A wedding date can be confirmed only by the Pastor. This will help insure that the church facilities are available and that the Pastor will be able to perform the ceremony on your chosen date. Please set this date as early as possible. A wedding date and time will be reserved only when the required deposit is received in the Church Office and after you have confirmed the date and time with the American Lutheran Pastor. The wedding committee at American Lutheran should be notified when the date of the wedding is set. Typically, the bride and her mother will meet with a committee member to discuss the availability of certain items provided by the church for use during the wedding. If the reception will be held at the church, both the wedding committee and the Love in Action group must be notified well in advance. Details concerning the reception are to be given to the wedding committee member who will help coordinate duties.

Premarital Counseling

Premarital counseling is mandatory for all couples who are married at American Lutheran Church. Each pastor sets his/her standards for this counseling. However, it is highly recommended that this counseling be scheduled as far in advance of the wedding as is practical so that the couple will have the time to discuss the issues that are raised during these sessions. The time for this counseling should be arranged with the officiating pastor at the convenience of all involved.
For more information, please contact wedding coordinators:

  • Kathy Mathiason: (605) 432-4967
  • Karla Wellnitz: (605) 432-4630 (evenings)