Planning Your Wedding at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church
Information for the bride and groom

Wedding Coordinator: Jan Mielke (920) 421-5308 or

Church Secretary: Carol Omernick (920) 854-2988 


Contact the Wedding Coordinator, Jan Mielke. She is required to assist at all church weddings involving more than 30 people (including invited guests). She will be present at your wedding rehearsal and at your wedding to provide information about church procedures and assistance with unforeseen problems that may arise. Non-members of Shepherd of the Bay may schedule weddings beginning Sept. 1 of the year prior to their wedding.

Church Policies Regarding Weddings

We ask that all who use the church respect it as a place of worship. Young children must be under adult supervision at all times. Chancel furnishings including wall hangings are to remain in place. No alcohol except for communion wine is allowed in the church building. No rice or bird seed can be tossed on church property.

Fees for Services Starting

The Church requires that the following fees for wedding services be paid in full at or prior to the day of your wedding rehearsal. A deposit of 1/2 of the fee for use of the church is required when the wedding is scheduled. Send deposits to Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, PO Box 27, Ellison Bay, WI 54210 and note the date of the wedding on the check. All remaining fees will be collected by the Wedding Coordinator at the wedding rehearsal.

Non-Member Use of Church Fees

Door County Residents

  Large Wedding $250

  Small Wedding (fewer than 50 people) $100


  Large Wedding $500

  Small Wedding (fewer than 50 people) $250

The Following Fees Apply to All Weddings 

Pastor's fee  $150 

Principal Organist's/Pianist's fees

For members of Shepherd of the Bay

$150.00 which includes a wedding music consultation with the organist as well as one rehearsal with any other musician(s). Any additional musician rehearsals will be $25.00 per hour with a one hour minimum.

For non-members

$150.00 which includes a wedding music consultation with the organist. Any rehearsals will be $50.00 per hour with a one hour minimum. 

Wedding Coordinator's fee

For members of Shepherd of the Bay or Door County residents  $150

For non-members with no Door County residence

large wedding – more than 50 people attending  $250

small wedding – fewer than 50 people attending  $150

Please contact us for more information or to check on a Wedding Date.