All Saints’ Church, Brisbane would be delighted to be the venue for your wedding.
Please read the following information and then contact us.
Who may be married according to Christian rites?
Both parties to the marriage should be baptised. However, current Church practice may accommodate instances where only one of the couple is baptised. At All Saints', an unbaptised candidate for marriage will be encouraged to ask for the Sacrament of Baptism before being married.
The wedding is not simply a 'ceremony'. Nor is All Saints’ Church just an historic and architecturally attractive backdrop for a colourful and sentimental religious event /social occasion. Marriage is a sacrament of the Catholic Church whereby a particular grace is imparted to a couple to live together as man and wife, to the exclusion of all others, and until they are parted by death. As a consecrated venue, a church is the most appropriate place for a Christian couple to initiate their marriage.
The marriage rite is a religious act as well as a public statement by the couple, effecting and declaring that they are committing themselves to the principles of Christian marriage. It is a service of prayer and blessing and an act of worship. As such, it is a most joyful occasion accompanied, naturally, by music, traditional ceremonies and celebration, with family and friends as witnesses to it.
Can divorced persons be re-married?
Until recently it was almost impossible for a divorced person (with a former partner still living) to be re-married in church. The possibility now exists, however, for practicing Christians, known to a parish priest – to apply for a dispensation from the Archbishop or appropriate Bishop, to be re-married in church.
Any application for such a dispensation will only be forwarded to the Archbishop/bishop after a careful enquiry, and provided, also, that the parish priest is satisfied that all appropriate requirements are met. These will be explained in an initial interview with the parish priest. No plans or dates for a wedding should be finalised until a dispensation, in writing, has been received by the Parish Priest and the applicant/s, from the Archbishop or appropriate Bishop.
How do we go about organising a wedding?
Initial contact should be made by telephone, [07 32363692] or in writing to the Parish Priest. (All Saints’ prefers to have a minimum of three months notice of a proposed wedding date, and it should be noted that more than one calendar month's notice of a marriage is required by law). The proposed date must be suitable for the church as well as the parties to be married, and other questions regarding age (the minimum age required by law is 18), baptism (see above), religious commitment, marital status (single, divorced, widowed etc. See above re the remarriage of divorced persons), will need to be satisfied.
You should not make any arrangements, send invitations or hire your wedding coaches, or book the reception or honeymoon until these details are clarified and the availability of All Saints’ is secured by a booking confirmation - which is the receipt issued in respect of the wedding deposit having been received. (Refer to How much will a wedding cost?).
At an initial interview with the Parish Priest the applicants for marriage will be required to present copies of full birth certificates (and/or passports). A 'Notice of Intention' form, requiring your personal details, will be completed by the Parish Priest, and will need to be signed and witnessed. (These are requirements of the Commonwealth Government.) Documentary evidence of baptism also may be required.
At this interview, other legal and church matters will be outlined, and information will be provided about form and procedure, as well as practical matters relating to the service, including the music, flowers, photography, the (non) use of confetti, etc.
At least two further interviews will be necessary as part of the preparations for the service and for marriage. A rehearsal is normally held in the church the afternoon/evening before the wedding.
Are there any 'dos and donts' regarding the service?
The officiating Priest will advise you about details of the wedding service. A traditional wedding contains the 'distilled' wisdom, customs and practices of 2000 years of Christianity. The wedding rites according to the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England and An Australian Prayer Book of the Anglican Church of Australia are used at All Saints' Chutch and no alterations may be made to the text of the authorised wedding service.
Inappropriate music or readings, as well as some secular customs, may be deemed unacceptable. However, all these matters will be explained and discussed in a helpful and open manner at the appropriate time.
How much will a wedding cost?
The expenses relating to the wedding service at All Saints’ are usually the least expensive of all the costs of a wedding.
The confirmation of a booking for a wedding is accompanied by a non-refundable deposit of $100.00.
The subsequent payment of the balance of the full fees is an amount which is advised at the initial meeting with the Parish Priest. The full fees are determined when the couple’s expectations for inclusions in the wedding service are known. The standard fee at All Saints’ makes provision for the flowers, pew decorations, organist, verger, preparation of legal documentation as required by Commonwealth law, the Diocesan Administration Levy, and a fee to the priest for ministry-related purposes.
If you would like the All Saints' Choir or a soloist to sing at your wedding, or additional instrumental accompaniment to the pipe organ, e.g. trumpet, strings, harp, etc, the Director of Music will advise you of the additional fee.
Can other clergy be involved in the wedding?
The Parish Priest normally officiates at all weddings at All Saints' but other clergy may officiate in certain circumstances. Clergy of most other jurisdictions of the Church and, sometimes, those some of other denominations, may be invited to, or may participate in, the wedding – however, they do not officiate.
Civil Celebrants of marriages cannot conduct weddings at All Saints’.
All Saints’ is one of very few churches in Brisbane’s CBD which has forecourt off-street parking for wedding coaches, as well as limited parking spaces for vehicles for wedding guests who may be mobility impaired.
Other details of your wedding should be discussed at the first interview with the Parish Priest, or at any other time he is available. Please do not hesitate to ask if you are uncertain about any matters.