Congratulations! You have found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. While we believe accepting Jesus as your Savior is the most important, life-changing decision you make, choosing the person whom you will marry closely follows. Because God has ordained the marriage covenant to exist between one man, one woman and Himself, Prairie Lakes Church will only recognize and solemnize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. We look forward to walking alongside you to help you prepare for a God-honoring, love-filled marriage that will last a lifetime.
Senior Pastor John Fuller is unavailable to officiate weddings, but we have several licensed pastors on staff and can accommodate visiting pastors, provided proof of credentials is submitted to the church at least one month before your ceremony.
If a visiting pastor officiates, a Prairie Lakes Church pastor will need to approve him/her to perform your ceremony in our facility.
Subject to approval, our pastors can perform weddings off-site [not at a Prairie Lakes Church Campus]. Weddings performed outside a 15-mile radius of a pastor’s home campus will be subject to a travel fee.
Plan for success. We provide comprehensive preparation as you begin your marriage consisting of four-six, two-hour sessions.
Meet with your mentor couple. We are blessed to have qualified mentor couples trained to support and encourage engaged couples. You will be matched with a mentor couple based on common interests, vocations and life experiences. Mentor couples will help you develop good communication and conflict resolution skills, which will be put into practice as you discuss various marital issues.
Discuss everything. You will spend time together talking and learning about faith, communication, conflict resolution, finances, sex, gender differences, roles, expectations, and goal setting. Mentor couples draw upon rich, personal, marital experiences to answer questions from both male and female perspectives.
Use the best tools available. You will complete PREPARE and personality inventories which identify your strengths as well as a third assessment to help you discover your primary love languages.
You'll meet with your pastor 1-2 times before the ceremony. He or she will help you create a ceremony that keeps God at its center and allows your personalities to shine!
Timing and Finances
Payment information and options will be provided by our wedding administrative assistant once your application is received and processed.
6-18 months prior | Submit your application. Once your wedding is approved, we’ll collect the $250 premarital mentoring fee.
4-12 months prior | Return your signed contract and $300 facility deposit & administrative fee (on-site)/wedding fee (off-site). Once received, we will reserve your wedding date on the Prairie Lakes Church calendar. Until these documents are both received, we can only confirm whether a location and pastor are currently available.
2 months prior | (On-site weddings only) Submit the balance of your payment ($600, includes all staff and facility usage fees). Once received, we will connect you with a wedding ceremony coordinator.
On-Site Weddings (PLC Pastor Officiant)
On-Site Weddings (Visiting Pastor Officiant)
Those held at a Prairie Lakes Church Campus officiated by a visiting pastor**
Mentoring Fee (optional) | $250 submitted 6-18 months before wedding date. Couples utilizing a visiting pastor are welcome to go through our premarital mentoring program but aren't required to do so.
Facility Deposit/Administrative Fee |$300* submitted with signed contract($250 facility deposit, $50 administrative fee)
Wedding Fee | $350 submitted two months before wedding date
*$250 of this fee will be returned one month after your ceremony, less damage fees if incurred.
**Visiting pastor fee is not coordinated by Prairie Lakes Church. The couple and officiating pastor handle this themselves.
Those held somewhere other than a Prairie Lakes Church Campus officiated by a PLC pastor
Application & Mentoring Fee | $250 submitted 6-18 months before wedding date
Wedding Fee | $300 submitted with signed contract (Includes pastor's honorarium and administrative fee)
Travel Fee | Price varies and is submitted two months before wedding date. Travel expenses are waived for ceremonies held within a 15-mile radius of a pastor's home campus.
We book only one wedding per weekend per campus and perform ceremonies on Fridays and Saturdays.
The following holiday weekends are unavailable due to demands on our staff and facilities: New Year's Easter Memorial Day July 4th Labor Day Thanksgiving Christmas
Wedding Ceremony Coordinator
For on-site weddings, two months before your wedding, we will connect you with a wedding ceremony coordinator who will review details about your day, answer questions, and convey pertinent information to our technical and facilities staff. She’ll also oversee your rehearsal and wedding to ensure everything goes smoothly.
Our facility will be reserved 5:00-7:00PM the evening before your wedding for your rehearsal.
Everyone involved in the ceremony should attend except for live musicians.
Due to the demands on staff and space for weekend services, we are unable to accommodate rehearsal dinners or receptions of any size without exception.
Your wedding party will have access to the church 2 ½ hours before your ceremony.
If you would like to decorate early, you may do so during your rehearsal time.
When planning, please consider that the church does not have wedding decorations to borrow.
No tacks, pins, glue, nails, or tape of any kind may be used.
Only dripless candles, enclosed in hurricane glass, may be used. A unity candle is allowed provided a drip cloth or protective covering is beneath it.
Bring your marriage license to your rehearsal.
If you have live music, a sound check will be scheduled two hours before the ceremony.
Two changing rooms will be available for your bridal party the day of your wedding.
No items may be stored at our facility overnight.
Hair appointments must be held off-site.
You have use of our facility for 1½ hours once your ceremony begins.
Arrange for someone to remove all decorations, gifts and personal items from the church immediately following the ceremony.
Only service animals are allowed in the church building. A service animal is defined as a guide dog, signal dog, or other animal specifically trained to aid a person with a disability.