Getting Married at St Peter's
Normally the Vicar of St Peter's (or another of the ministry team) officiates at the wedding. For a wedding in an Anglican church the celebrant must be an Anglican priest, appropriately licensed and registered. Clergy of other traditions are most welcome to assist.
Christian marriage includes the taking of the wedding vows in Church, asking God's help, protection and blessing. This adds to the solemnity of the occasion as each partner makes loving commitment to the other. We welcome those who wish to take this step at St Peter's.
Now that you have decided to be married, there are many things to be done. All weddings have to comply with the regulations in the Commonwealth Marriage Act. There are forms to be filled out and preparations made.
Two Specific Church Requirements
As early as possible, a date and a time will need to be agreed and a non refundable $350 deposit paid. Check with the Parish Office first, because some dates may already be filled. Normally weddings are not held during Lent (the 40 days before Easter). There are absolutely no weddings on the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Day. Preparation meetings are held at times convenient to all. At these all the necessary forms can be filled in as well.
All couples who choose to be married at St. Peter's are required to undertake preparation for this most significant step. This includes two sessions of "Prepare". "Prepare" courses are run regularly by "LifeWorks" (1300 543 396), and the parish also runs this course for couples.
Couples are usually pleasantly surprised at the benefits of the "Prepare" course, insofar as it provides them with a clearer indication of both the existing strengths of their relationship, as well as areas that might need further mutual discussion.
Music is an important part of the wedding ceremony and St Peter's is a place with a fine musical tradition. We have two organs, various instrumentalists, as well as a fine group of singers and soloists. The organist and/or choir director are happy to discuss various options.
On the Day
The key thing is to be on time. The old jokes about late brides no longer apply. It all works well if each wedding group respects the time constraints when there are other services on the same day.
Your guests should be encouraged to be inside the church ready for you. Ushers should be organised to help with this.
And please, no confetti inside or outside. Outside, good old fashioned rice or rose petals are fine. Please let your guests know.
Under the Commonwealth Marriage Act the requirements for marriage are as follows
1. Marriageable Age
Marriage of any person under 18 years without an order of a Judge or Magistrate is invalid. Under NO circumstances can 2 persons under 18 years marry each other. Consents from the parents of a person under age are also required.
Witnesses to the marriage must be at least 18 years of age. They may be male or female, relatives or unrelated. Two are required.
3. A Special Form
Those wishing to be married must fill in the official "Notice of Intended Marriage" form.
If the marriage does not take place within 18 months of the date appearing on the documents, their validity ceases and the documents must be renewed. The signatures of the parties on the "Notice" are normally witnessed by the celebrant but may be witnessed by a JP or another priest.
The completed "Notice of Intended Marriage" form must be with the celebrant at least one calendar month before the marriage. Special requirements, both Church and State, apply in the case of a person requesting re-marriage.
4. Proof of Age and Identity
Full birth certificates (not extracts) are required, preferably at the first interview.
(Revised 1 September 2012)
Payment in full should be made at the parish office, at least one month before the wedding.
There is a basic composite charge for weddings at St Peter's which includes the use of the Church, the celebrant, the preparation, one large flower arrangement which stays in the church, the organist and verger, and the initial booking fee.
For weddings held on Weekdays or Saturday/Sunday:
(This includes the non-refundable deposit of $350.00)
Our parish caterer is able to provide anything from drinks after the service, to a full wedding banquet. Arrangements for this can be made directly with "Hot Dish" — on the internet or by telephone on 9945 8139.
Parish Office: telephone 9662 2391