Congratulations on your engagement and plans to marry. We welcome both Westwood Church members and guests to schedule our sanctuary. You are also welcome to schedule a Westwood pastor to officiate your offsite wedding. At Westwood, we honor the sacred nature of your relationship, and we look forward to helping you plan for this next chapter in your life together.
Since you have chosen to marry in a Christian church, your wedding at Westwood will be a worship service with its primary focus on God. It is our joy and privilege to welcome all couples to Westwood Lutheran Church. We expect that you will worship with us regularly, and work with each other and the church in your premarital process. The pastors, wedding coordinator, organist and other members of the Westwood community will assist you in the preparation of your wedding service.
We look forward to connecting with you in person! After you have looked at the information below, please complete our WEDDING REQUEST FORM below or contact our Administrative Coordinator Jennifer Ortlip with additional questions.
Once we receive your contract, deposit check and your date is confirmed through the church office, we will get you started in our marriage preparation process. The timeline for this process is 6-8 months from the date of your wedding.
After your date is secured and a pastor and wedding coordinator are assigned, you will complete the Prepare-Enrich Inventory. This is an online pre-marital assessment that will be sent to each of you by email, and completed individually. This assessment is custom-tailored to a couple's relationship and is reviewed during your meetings with the pastor.
As a couple, you will attend a Saturday Pre-Marriage Retreat. This retreat is taught by Karen Stevensen, a pastor and family counselor. This is definitely a day worth your time! Karen will lead you through a fun and interactive day covering issues relating to communication, conflict resolution, intimacy and family systems.
The cost of this one-day pre-marriage class is $150 per couple, which includes beverages, snacks, lunch and all class materials. You must pre-register at least one week ahead. To register, please contact Karen Stevensen by phone at 612-720-5083. More information is also available at karenstevensen.com.
These retreats will all be held at Bethlehem Lutheran located at 4100 Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis.
You will have one-two (1-2) private meetings with the pastor who will perform your wedding service. During this special time, you will get to know your pastor, and your pastor will get to know you! Your pastor will help you make your wedding as personal as possible. The sessions will include conversation, a review of the Prepare-Enrich Inventory results and assistance with planning your wedding worship service.
Weddings at Westwood are generally scheduled on Saturdays and are typically 30 to 40 minutes in length. The church is available for weddings from 11 AM to 4 PM.
The wedding rehearsal is typically held the evening prior to the wedding and is conducted by the wedding coordinator. Your wedding rehearsal will be with the entire wedding party, including ushers and parents. It will usually last about one hour.
Westwood Wedding Coordinator
Our wedding coordinators are experienced, accommodating and will provide you with the tools and resources that will help you with your decisions. You will begin meeting with your wedding coordinator at least six (6) months before your wedding. Your coordinator will:
Give you a Westwood wedding guide that will provide you with a wide variety of information as well as many details helpful in planning a wedding.
Help you collect information for your wedding worship planning.
Guide you as you select your scripture readings, wedding vows, and prayers important to you both.
Assist you in connecting with our organist/director of music for music suggestions and ideas.
Your wedding coordinator will be available to you and your wedding party for your entire special day and will make every effort to assure that every detail is covered.