It’s Your Day!

Congratulations, you’re getting married! So many decisions to be made and finalized. The following list is to help assist you in making all the necessary decisions and choices for your coming wedding celebration.

First Things First!

Secure a wedding venue and pastor.

Often times if you’re set on a particular date, you may need to obtain the site and pastor a year in advance so schedule your venue visits early in the planning stage.

Choosing Maranatha.

First point of contact: Kellie Steinmetz is your first point of contact. She will check the availability of the church and pastor for your desired date. At that time, she will also refer you to Maranatha’s Event Facilitator. Kellie’s phone number is 651-464-3131.

Event Facilitator: Kellie Steinmetz is also Maranatha’s Event Facilitator who will be the one to walk you through the steps of making sure you’ve got everything you need to make your special day a success. She will also require a down payment at that time to reserve the facility and pastor. You may reach Kellie at 651-464-3131.

Pastor: After the date is set, the pastor performing the ceremony will touch base with you to confirm dates, times, and location. Pastors are willing to perform ceremonies at any location. If you choose a Maranatha pastor to perform the ceremony, he/she will require you and your fiancé to go through the premarital preparation program we have at Maranatha. The following section will walk you through that process.

Premarital Preparation

Bob & Sandy Dahlager are the premarital coordinators who you will be meeting with to get set up for premarital mentoring. The initial meeting is to gather information to register you for taking an online assessment and will only last approximately 20 minutes. The fee for the assessment is $50/couple and once you’ve completed the mentor sessions you will receive a certificate that entitles you to approximately $70 off your marriage license fee. Sandy can be reached at 651-797-7382 for setting up this initial meeting.

The Prepare-Enrich Assessment. You will be notified via email when you are set up to take and how to access the assessment. The assessment is not a compatibility test and you will be required to take it online. It will show the strengths and weaknesses in your relationship, where you may have problems in your relationship, and where your relationship is strong.

Mentoring Meetings. Once you’ve both taken the assessment, you’ll be set up with a mentor couple whom you will meet with approximately 6 times for 1-1½ hours to go over your assessment. These sessions are considered counseling and are kept confidential unless your mentor couple has questions that need addressing either by my husband and I or a pastor.

Meeting Completion. You will receive your certificate of completion either at your last session or in the mail that will entitle you to approximately $70 off your marriage license. Your certificate is only accepted in Minnesota.

Obtain Your Marriage License

Once you’ve received your certificate you will be able to go to any county license facility and present your certificate at the time you apply for your license. Make sure you allow enough time to receive your license in the mail. The length of time this takes may vary from county to county.