Getting or Staying Married Crystal Lake

Joy in married life comes when we embrace the journey. It’s full of diverse seasons and no matter which one you’re in, we want to meet you there and help you continue on your way.

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Enrich your marriage

No matter the season, grow! 

Marriage is the most intimate of human relationships, and building a thriving marital relationship takes intentionality. Whether you've been married for a week or several decades, Willow offers classes, workshops, and resources that can help you grown in your marriage, building a relationship that will be a legacy for the generations that follow. 

Couple Mentoring

All marriages need support and encouragement to be successful. Our marriage mentoring program offers couples in every season of life an opportunity to connect with experienced mentors in a safe environment. Please complete the registration form. We will contact you once both spouses complete this step.   

Blended Family Community

Group facilitators will lead you through curriculum that will help you learn important fundamentals for building a great home. You will discover important keys to healthy stepfamilies and gain strength and wisdom in meeting the challenges of stepfamily life. For more information email Bill Franzen at [email protected].

Getting married at Willow Crystal Lake

We are excited to walk a pre-marriage journey with you! Research indicates that premarital preparation has a positive impact on having a thriving marriage. For couples who call Willow their home church and desire to be married by a Willow officiate, our pre-marriage preparation consists of a meeting with a mentor couple for a minimum of 4 meetings, a couple assessment, and culminates in a conversation with a wedding liaison and officiate who will listen to your journey.

Step 1: Application for a Mentor Couple

We offer mentoring designed to help you look at your relationship and compatibility by exploring communication styles, faith, personalities and understanding the relationships from the family in which you grew up as a child. It is best to start the mentoring process at least 4-6 months before your wedding date. Online application.


Step 2: Couple Check-Up

Once you’ve been assigned a mentor couple you will be asked to complete an online assessment and consent to release information form. Our Pre-marital Couple Check-Up HERE will prepare you to set up your conversation with your pre-marriage mentors. Cost to the couple: $20.


Step 3: Your Willow Officiate

This conversation will take place with your Willow Crystal Lake officiate after your mentoring is completed. Reviewing your journey will be an opportunity to share the story you desire for your future marriage and plan a wedding custom-designed for the two of you. An officiate will be assigned to you upon completion of the mentoring process. If you’d like to have your mentors perform your ceremony please let them know.


Step 4: Planning a Wedding in Willow Crystal Lake’s Student Auditorium or Atrium Space

To plan a wedding at Willow Crystal Lake, contact Donnalynn Collings, [email protected] 

Not an attender of Willow? 

You are welcome to attend our workshops and classes.

If you are not a part of a local church community, we invite you to explore Willow Crystal Lake by attending a Sunday service.

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