You are most 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. 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. 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 ceremony time. All relevant instructions and the order of service will be discussed at that time. No other rehearsal will be held.
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 (Register of Deeds office) in South Dakota and must be used within 90 days of issuance. You will need two witnesses to sign the marriage license the day of the ceremony. We can provide the witnesses if necessary.
The Chapel organist is available to play for most weddings. During certain days our organist may be replaced by an accompanist using an electronic keyboard. You may also 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 portable cd play or smartphone and 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. There are four reservable two-hour blocks of time available each day: 11:00am to 1:00pm, 1:00pm to 3:00pm, 3:00pm to 5:00pm, and 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Couples then have a choice of one of two ceremony start times within each block. This allows for the option to take photos either before or after their ceremony. For example: If a couple chooses the 1:00-3:00 reservation block, they may then choose between a 1:30 or 2:00 ceremony start time. This allows a full hour for photos to be taken either before the ceremony or after. In all cases, couples, wedding parties, and guests cannot arrive earlier than their reserved time block nor stay after their two hour block is over.
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.