We are very glad you are considering getting married at St Michael’s. We want you to have a wedding that is joyous and reflects the uniqueness of the hopes and dreams that you have for your marriage.
Since the earthquakes many of the beautiful churches people used to get married in are no longer available. St Michael’s has opened its doors to couples who wish to have a Christian wedding and use a minister from another Church as their celebrant. Of course, we welcome any other licensed Anglican Bishops and Priests and we ask that you show them this letter.
It is the responsibility of your minister to prepare you for the relationship of marriage and plan the marriage service. We ask you to respect the sacredness of St Michael’s as a place and the general tenor of the following statement from the Church as you do this. “Marriage is a gift from God our Creator, whose intention is that husband and wife should be united in heart, body and mind. In their union they fulfil their life for each other. Marriage is given to provide the stability necessary for family life, so that children may be cared for lovingly and grow to full maturity. Marriage is a way of life to be upheld and honoured. No one should enter into it lightly. It involves a serious and lifelong commitment to each other’s good in a union of strength, sympathy and delight.” Anglican clergy are expected to follow the provisions of the Marriage Canon and the Vestry requires that appropriate vestments be worn.
You must get a Marriage Licence and this should be brought to the wedding rehearsal. Usually couples have a rehearsal a day or so before their wedding. This enables everybody to be more relaxed and composed during the wedding itself. Ideally all members of the wedding party, readers, and others directly involved, will attend.
It is an Anglican requirement that at least one of you be baptised. Should either of you wish to be baptised, you are invited to speak to your own Anglican celebrant or one of the St. Michael’s parish priest about that.
We will have an initial meeting with you to agree the day and time for your wedding, who will officiate, and your general intentions. If you are not certain about the time, it may be pencilled in until any other request for a wedding comes for that day. Then you will be asked to decide and given priority in doing so. The payment of a booking fee of $100 will secure your booking. St Michael’s is becoming increasingly popular for weddings so there may be other weddings or events in the church on the same day. We keep weddings at least two hours apart. Please advise us if you think your wedding will not have concluded by one hour past the scheduled start time.
Good music enriches a wedding service. St Michael’s has a pipe organ and an accomplished organist. We can help you to choose suitable music from a wide repertoire. There is also a sound system, CD player and IPod connection which can be used, though it is our experience that live sound works best. The organist is able to work with vocal or instrumental soloists if required. We can also provide vocal soloists for an additional fee. We recommend that you attend the 10am Mass one Sunday to hear and see how the church works. This can be an opportunity to discuss music with the organist.
The Parish provides flowers for the church’s worship each week, except during the seasons of Lent (approximately six weeks leading up to Easter) and Advent (approximately four weeks leading up to Christmas). You are welcome to use these arrangements, (which are provided and arranged by volunteers on our flower roster), at no charge. Please inform the parish office at least three weeks before your wedding if you wish to use our flowers. You may wish to supplement these with personal touches that you provide (e.g. posies on the ends of the pews.) These will need to be removed after the ceremony.
Alternatively, you may wish to provide your own flower arrangements which you will need to do in any case if you are getting married during Lent or Advent and wish to use flowers. These will need to be removed after the ceremony.
The banners you see in the photo above change colour with the church season. They are not able to be removed for a wedding service.
Booking fee $100
Church $600 (exclusive of booking fee)
Organist $150 (vocal soloists will incur an additional fee)
The Church fee includes the services of the verger who will assist with your service. This fee also includes time for a wedding rehearsal of one hour. Please note that if you require a longer rehearsal time you must contact the parish office at least two weeks before the scheduled rehearsal date – extra fees will apply.
To secure your booking we ask that you pay the $100 booking fee via direct debit into the following account (St. Michael’s Church Wardens): 03-0855-0263594-00 (with your name and the words “Wedding Booking” in the details). Please note, this $100 booking fee is non-refundable if the wedding is cancelled.
You will be invoiced for the Church Fee, and if applicable, the Organist’s Fee, about three weeks before the Wedding, and this should be paid a week before the event. Please pay the Church fee via direct deposit as detailed above (with your name and the word “Wedding” in the details). Cheques should be made out to St Michael’s Churchwardens
You may wish to consider using St Michael’s Parish Hall for your reception. Bookings for the hall are made via the office at St Michael’s Church School. Ph 379 9790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that food and drinks may be served in the Hall and/or the grounds around the Church but may not be brought into the church.
Please note, you will need to provide 2 ushers who will be briefed on health and safety procedure to usher people out of the church in the event of an emergency.
With every blessing to you as you prepare for this special day and your life together.
Reverend Anne Price – Priest-in-charge