Weddings

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Congratulations!! Choosing to commit to someone in marriage is as challenging as it is exciting. At Saint Andrew’s we want to help you fulfil your hopes and dreams for your life together.

Making the Arrangements

To discuss a wedding in Saint Andrew’s, contact the Church Administrator, phone (07) 3221 2400 during office hours (Monday-Friday 9.00am – 2.00pm) or by email, [email protected]  to check whether the date and time you want are available.

The Administrator will send you some material and arrange for you both to meet our Minister, Rev Bruce Johnson. The date and time requested for a wedding remain provisional until the Minister has met with you and you have paid a deposit of $100.

When you meet with the Minister, you will need to sign the Federal Government’s ‘Notice of Intention’ between eighteen months and one month before the proposed wedding. When you sign this, the Minister will need to see:

  • a full Australian Birth Certificate (not an Extract) if you were born in Australia.
  • If you were born overseas and have become an Australian citizen, your birth certificate from that country.
  • If you were born overseas and are still a citizen of the country where you were born, your passport is sufficient evidence.
  • If you have been married before, a copy of the Decree of the Divorce or Dissolution of the Marriage; or the Death Certificate (as appropriate).

Preparation

All couples who are married in Saint Andrew’s are expected to participate in a Marriage Preparation Day conducted in conjunction with Albert Street Uniting Church. This day will explore a range of issues and skills that contribute to a long healthy marriage.

The Minister will probably want to meet with you three times, not counting the wedding itself.

  • First meeting: take details, discuss options, address any initial questions, and sign the Notice of Intention if your documents are ready.
  • Second meeting: plan the wedding ceremony.
  • A wedding rehearsal in the Church, involving all people involved in the wedding party, in the last few days before the wedding.

Music

Saint Andrew’s has a long tradition of fine music for its services. The Director of Music (Dr Steven Nisbet) is a fine musician, a competent accompanist and can accommodate most music requests.

The music chosen for a wedding should reflect the both the joy of the occasion, its Christian meaning, and the venue in which it takes place. The Minister and the Director of Music must approve all music and words of the hymns that will be used in the service. We have a suggested list of suitable music, but are open to other suggestions that fit with the meaning of the wedding service.

The pipe organ and a grand piano are available for use during services.

When selecting music for your wedding, please bear the copyright laws in mind.

Flowers, Ribbons, Furnishings and Confetti

The cost of flowers is included in the comprehensive fee, as is the use of bows and ribbons for the pews. Confetti should not be used inside or outside the Church.

Some Frequently Asked Questions:

Can we be married in the Church if we are not baptised?

Yes, you can. The Uniting Church does not require baptism before a wedding can happen in the Church.

What is the minimum period of notice?

Generally, three months. While the law requires at least one month’s notice, three months allows adequate time for the various arrangements and meetings that need to happen to make your wedding a great occasion.

Can we have a wedding on Sunday?

While it is not very convenient because of the other services that happen on Sunday, if you have a special reason, please speak with us about it.

How many people can the Church seat?

The seating capacity is approximately 350 people.

Can our Minister from another church conduct the wedding?

It is possible for another Christian Minister to conduct a wedding at Saint Andrew’s with the approval of Rev Bruce Johnson. Please speak to us about your wishes.

Can we be married in the Church if we are divorced?

Yes, you can be. The Minister will still want to discuss why you believe you are right with each other, as he would with any other couple.

Fees

The current cost of being married at Saint Andrew’s for 2015 is AUD$1,500.

This includes:

  • Minister’s fee
  • Organist’s fee
  • Wedding rehearsal
  • Flowers
  • Cleaning
  • Office administration

 

A deposit of AUD$100 is required when booking the date for the wedding, usually at the first appointment with the Minister, and the balance of the fee is required no less than two weeks before the wedding.

Further Information

For more information, or to make a booking, please contact the Church Administrator during office hours on (07) 3221 2400, or email [email protected]