We welcome your enquiry about celebrating your commitment to each other at St Columba. We hope that the following information will help you begin your planning.
Anyone can be married at Saint Columba – you do not need to be a member of this church, or any church at all. We are very happy that you would like to hold your wedding in our special place. Weddings can be held any day the church is available, except Good Friday and Easter Saturday. We regret that, due to Church canons, we are unable to marry same-gender couples. (Please see the Blessings page.)
Who takes the ceremony?
We have two priests who conduct weddings. (If you prefer that someone else takes the ceremony, please talk to the vicar of St Columba.) Our priest would meet with you both to discuss your wishes, and would also ask you to share your thoughts about marriage, your expectations, and hopes for the future. There would be a rehearsal too.
Flowers, music, vows (but please, no confetti!)
Either you or St Columba can provide these – it’s up to you. If you write your own vows, the priest will ensure they include the necessary formalities along with the content that is unique to you.
The organ fee applies whether you provide an organist or engage ours (in which case a fee is charged for their services). Otherwise you can have recorded music or bring your own musicians.
You are welcome to use our flower arrangements, or add to them. If you replace our flowers, we will need yours for our Sunday service, please! All other decorations must be removed after your service.
Do we have to attend church?
It would be appropriate, before your wedding, for you to get a feel for our community and for the building in which you are to marry. And we’d love to see you there, too. The Sunday service time is 10am, followed by morning tea at which you and your family are most welcome.
Costs (+ GST):
Celebrant’s fee: $350
Venue hire: $700
Organ fee: $100 (whether your or our organist)
This covers the use of the church, meetings with the priest, and rehearsal. For extended use of the gardens or to hold your reception in our hall, please ask for a quote. A non-refundable booking fee of $100 will secure the church as the venue for your chosen date. The balance is paid a month before the wedding.
What do we do next?
If you would like to make an enquiry about getting married at St Columba, please contact our Office Administrator to discuss your preferred dates and make an appointment with the Vicar. In the meantime, congratulations on your engagement and best of luck with your planning!