Our lovely historic church of St John's is a beautiful place to be married. We will work with you to make your day very special. Our ministers are authorised marriage celebrants, using the service of the Anglican Church of Australia.
To begin the process, first contact the parish office to arrange an initial meeting with one of our Ministers. At this meeting, we want to get to know you, talk about the legal and spiritual aspects of the ceremony, and provide you with information about marriage preparation courses.
St John's Heidelberg can seat 200 guests.
Requirements: At least one of you must be baptised and you will need to provide evidence of this (e.g. baptism certificate).
The 'Notice of Intended Marriage' must be lodged at least one month and one day before the wedding date. Your minister will facilitate this. Further, we also need to sight birth certificates or passports.
If you have been divorced, you will need to discuss this with the minister, who is required to seek permission from the Bishop to conduct the marriage. You must also provide a copy of the Certificate of Divorce.
Costs: To secure the church for a particular time and day for your wedding you will need to pay a non-refundable $100 deposit to the Parish of Banyule at the time of booking. The Parish of Banyule's current standard wedding fee is $1,500. This includes fees for the minister, the organist, and administrative costs.
Marriage Preparation: Attendance at an approved marriage preparation course is required for weddings in our parish. These courses usually cover the relationship of marriage, finances, communication, conflict resolution, your family of origin and family type, sexuality, and expectations of marriage. This preparation helps focus on the marriage rather than simply the wedding day. We have counselling services which we recommend.
The Wedding Service: We use the marriage service as prescribed by the Anglican Church of Australia. The order of service will be provided in your wedding info pack, which we will email to you. There are some choices to make about readings and prayers. Other elements may be added upon consultation with the minister.
Our organist is available for consultation about music. We thoroughly recommend him for his professionalism, adaptability and helpfulness in your planning.
You will have a wedding rehearsal on an evening in the week leading up to your wedding. This takes about one hour, and you should ask readers as well as attendants to come. Flower girls and page-boys will benefit from becoming familiar with the ceremony and building. You will need to pay any remaining fees that week.
You will need to designate two people to act as ushers, who can welcome people and hand out service leaflets. Traditionally the bride's family sits on the left and the groom's family on the right as you face the front, but feel free to seat people as you choose.
The groom and his attendants should arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the service; the bride should aim to arrive on time to allow photographs to be taken.
Confetti, flower petals, bubbles etc are permitted if they are used outside and not inside the church building.
For further information regarding weddings in our parish, of if you would like to arrange a visit to inspect our church, please do not hesitate to contact our parish office.
You can download a sample wedding service at the bottom of this page: