Getting Married at St Michael’s with your own Minister

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. Such celebrants need to be licensed through their own denomination and the state as a marriage celebrant. We ask that you show this letter to your minister.

It is the responsibility of this 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 Anglican 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.”

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 deposit 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 fine 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 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 and Advent. 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 (eg. 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 liturgical season.

Organist $150
Church $500
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 1 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.

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 wedding. Cheques should be made out to St Michael’s Churchwardens or you may wish to do a direct deposit into the Churchwarden’s account: 03-0855-0263594-00 (including your name and the word “Wedding” in the details).
We wouldn’t want finance to preclude a couple from getting married at St Michael’s and we are prepared to make allowances where couples need to keep the total cost of their wedding to a minimum.

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 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.

With every blessing to you as you prepare for this special day and your life together.

Reverend Anne Price – Priest in Charge