Weddings On Campus Growing In Popularity

Campus tours aren’t just for prospective students anymore. In the past few years, the college has seen an increase in brides and grooms considering Concordia as the venue for their ceremony, reception or both.

Laurie Dahley, who works in the social work department, was scouting out locations for her daughter Kara’s wedding last summer. Dahley didn’t even consider Concordia until well into her search. Kara (Dahley) Goodwin, who is not a Cobber herself, knew immediately that the setting was perfect.

“It was the beauty of the campus and the airiness of the chapel,” Dahley describes, recounting why her daughter fell in love with the space. “With all the windows, the Centrum felt like outdoors.”

Plus, with the grand staircase, bell tower, fountain and willow tree, it was just ideal for picture taking, she says.

The campus offers a setting for the ceremony, reception or both during the summer months. This summer, there will be five ceremonies and five receptions – one more event than last year and seven more than the year before.

Outdoor ceremonies are at the picturesque bell tower, and the Knutson Campus Center’s Centrum and atrium are used for indoor events; they also make great contingency plans for rain or heat. Additionally, Concordia has an award-winning catering service available for the reception.

Susan Fisher Wee, the summer programs director responsible for coordinating all campus weddings, has seen some beautiful events come together.

“A lot of people don’t realize the Centrum is a multipurpose room, so we create the chapel for you,” Fisher Wee says. “If you want a cross, but not an altar, we can do that.”

For more information about having a wedding at Concordia, email the Office of Summer Programs or call (218) 299-3566.