Weddings

First English wants to offer its blessing to the unions of Christian men and women who see the Church and its ministry as an important part of their lives. It is required that one of the parties be a member of First English Lutheran Church; exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Contact the church office at 920-733-2303 to be placed on the church wedding calendar.  Couples will receive a preliminary wedding packet that will answer many of the questions you may have; along with a request for a nonrefundable $100 deposit that will secure the date.

Our desire is for the church in which you are married to be not only a special place for you, but an important place where the two of you grow in faith and love. The wedding service is first and foremost a celebration of the love of God and is a Lutheran worship service. God’s love in Christ makes it possible for us to love one another. In planning this service, lessons, vows and music will be chosen by the couple and approved by the pastor.

The pastors at First English feel quite strongly in the value of premarital counseling for our engaged couples. Couples are required to complete a Prepare-Enrich assessment, attend a premarital workshop and meet with their officiating pastor, marriage mentors and wedding coordinator before their wedding:

Prepare-Enrich- PREPARE/ENRICH is a customized couple assessment completed online that identifies a couple's strength and growth areas. It is one of the most widely used programs for premarital counseling and premarital education. Couples will be sent a link and log-in ID to complete the assessment before the pre-marital workshop.

“Building a Successful Christian Marriage” workshop: This workshop assists couples in preparing for their life together, getting through difficult times and enriching their relationship through prayer and understanding. This is a group workshop and the Prepare-Enrich assessment will be discussed. Couples must attend a workshop, meet one-on-one with a Christian marriage counselor, or attend a Lutheran Social Service premarital workshop before the wedding.

Officiating Pastor(s)

One of the pastors of First English will officiate at your wedding. A First English pastor will be chosen to work with you based upon ministry schedules and calendar of events. Attending worship regularly and becoming a part of the First English community will also contribute to a more meaningful wedding day and marriage. Couples meet with their officiating pastor 30 to 90 days before the wedding to finalize the details of the upcoming ceremony. A wedding coordinator also will be assigned.

Marriage Mentors

Each engaged couple will be partnered with a marriage mentor couple.  Your marriage mentor couple will meet with you prior to your wedding to review and help you interpret the Prepare/Enrich assessment tool and your results.  Mentors are First English couples who have a loving and growing marriage (though imperfect) and have a heart for other couples.  You will meet as couples for a minimum of two times for approximately an hour.  Contact information will be provided.

Wedding Coordinators

First English is proud to provide wedding coordinators for our couples preparing to be married at either site.  A letter or E-mail will come to you sharing the name of your wedding coordinator team.  Most weddings at the Downtown Site have 2 coordinators while North Site weddings have 1 coordinator.

Wedding and Worship Planning Guidelines are available by contacting the church office at 920-733-2303.

WEDDING BULLETIN TEMPLATE
Download a sample wedding bulletin here.
Design your bulletin layout here.

Questions regarding your bulletin or music? Contact Pastor Jeff Tengesdal, Pastor Mary Bauer or Pastor Bryan Schmidt.

PLANNING YOUR WEDDING MUSIC
Wedding services are joy-filled opportunities to worship and praise God for the gifts of love and marriage.

WEDDING MUSIC INFORMATION WORK SHEET: click here.

FELC Wedding Policy and Guidelines: click here.