The commitment to a life-long union is a very special one, and we are happy that you are thinking of making the Anglican Church the setting for your wedding. We hope that the following information will help to answer some of the more commonly asked questions. For more information, contact one of the priests.
WHO MAY BE MARRIED IN THE ANGLICAN CHURCH?
It is not necessary to be a member of one of our congregation, or to be an Anglican, to be married in the Cathedral.
Nevertheless, a marriage celebrated by the church is different from a ceremony which is taken by a celebrant. We hope that couples who come to us seeking God's blessing on their relationship will be open to a discussion of the spiritual nature of that relationship and the place of God in their lives.
At present the canon law of the Anglican Church of Australia requires that at least one of the couple must be a baptised Christian.
WHO MAY OFFICIATE?
The priests of our parish normally officiate at all weddings. Any priest in the Anglican church may apply to our Parish Priest and our Bishop for permission to officiate at a wedding in the Cathedral. This permission is almost always given. Clergy of other Christian denominations, may assist the Anglican priest, or seek permission to use the church buildings.
CAN THE WEDDING BE SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN IN ONE OF THE CHURCHES IN THE CATHEDRAL PARISH?
Yes it can, with permission. Please discuss your proposed location with the Revd Sarah MacPherson.
Weddings are most often scheduled on Saturdays. They may also be scheduled weekdays (Monday-Friday) subject to the requirements of the priests’ and the churches’ calendars. Weddings are not normally scheduled on Sundays, during Holy Week (the week before Easter) or during most of the month of December.
THE ORDER OF SERVICE AND TEXTS:
Weddings in this parish are “according to the rites of the Anglican Church of Australia” and use the order for "The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage" found in A Prayer Book for Australia of the Anglican Church. The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible is the text used for scriptural readings. Other additional readings are possible, after discussion.
After you speak to a priest you will be given a copy of the marriage service.
Several sessions of marriage preparation are required of all couples. (Preparation for marriage is even more important than wedding preparation.) These sessions take place at mutually convenient times.
Couples who reside far from the Augusta Margaret River parish may make arrangements for preparation in their home areas if they are not going to be visiting; the preparing clergy will confirm with the officiating clergy when the marriage preparation has been completed.
Music for weddings is subject to the same standards and policies as music for any parish service. Only suitable music may be performed, or played on CD after discussion with the officiating priest.
The parishioners of the church that you are being married are happy to prepare flower arrangements for the church. For safety reasons, pew-end arrangements which contain candles are not permitted. Confetti is not permitted inside the church but is fine outside.
These are permitted within specified guidelines. The officiating priest will determine where video cameras and photographers may be located.
In the Augusta Margaret River Parish there are 4 churches that can be used to hold your special day.
Contact Revd Sarah MacPherson if you have any questions