You are welcome to hold your wedding at the Chapel in the Hills. The Chapel and grounds are a beautiful place for this sacred event. It is our prayer that each wedding celebrated here will carry with it a special blessing from our Lord Jesus Christ.
All weddings are officiated by our Chapel pastors, ordained ELCA Lutheran clergy. No lay officiants or other clergy are permitted to perform marriages at the Chapel. As your wedding date gets closer, you are encouraged to contact the pastor to discuss any special requests and other pertinent information. Likewise, we will share your contact information with the pastor. The Chapel pastors are responsible for the service and will make the final determination on the order and content of the ceremony. They will meet with you and the witnesses 30 minutes prior to your scheduled wedding time. All relevant instructions and the order of service will be discussed at that time. No other rehearsal will be held. Persons of all faiths and denominations are welcome to be married at the Chapel. If you have any concerns in this manner, please contact the Chapel or the pastor directly.
Please have your valid South Dakota marriage license with you and present it to the pastor when you arrive. Marriage licenses may be purchased at any county courthouse in South Dakota. You will need two witnesses to sign the marriage license the day of the ceremony. We can provide the witnesses if necessary.
The Chapel has a two manual organ. The Chapel organist is available for all weddings. You may use your own organist. It should be noted, however, that the Chapel cannot be reserved or closed for the organist or other musicians to practice. You are welcome to provide your own music if you wish. This may include musicians or recorded music suitable to a Church setting. You may bring a small portable speaker or connect to the Chapel speakers. No professional DJ’s or extensive sound systems are allowed.
Weddings are allowed from May 1st through September 30th each year. The available ceremony times are: 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm & 5:30 pm. Your reservation is for 2 hours and begins 1/2 hour before the ceremony time. For example: If you choose to be married at 1:30, your reserved time is from 1:00 to 3:00. Wedding times are firm and cannot be changed.
Wedding ceremonies usually are held inside the Chapel or in one of two areas outside. When making a reservation, please indicate your desired location. Your location choice may be changed at any time by contacting the Chapel office.