Life events

Weddings

We are delighted you are considering being married here at St Luke’s. The first step to arranging this is to contact our parish office to arrange a meeting with the parish priest. We wish you every joy as you now prepare and plan for this important day in your lives.

Further info about weddings

Music

St Luke’s Church was built in 1897 and the organ installed shortly after. The organ was fully restored in 2000. There is also a piano in the church. We appreciate you may already have some idea of the music you would like for your wedding, but would encourage you to speak with our organist; we will give you their contact details so you can have a discussion. If your plans involve other musicians or singers, please speak with both the celebrant and our organist before finalising any arrangements. Being an historic church, not all pre-recorded music is suitable for a wedding service at St Luke’s. Please speak with your celebrant if you are thinking of using any.

Flowers

We have a well-equipped flower room in the church for the use of your florist or flower arranger. In the church, there is a matching pair of pedestals and one shorter one, plus a table in the porch, all of which may be used to stand your flower arrangements upon. We ask that you leave one or two of your arrangements in the church after your marriage ceremony for our congregation to enjoy. You are welcome to have pew ends but these ribbons can only be tied, not fastened in any other way. Please remove these from the pews straight after the ceremony.

Confetti

Only biodegradable flower petals can be used, and they may only be thrown outside the church.

Photography

You are most welcome to record the highlights of your service either with still photography or video. However, please make your photographer aware that flash photography and artificial lighting are not allowed during the service but may be used at the entrance of the bride and at the signing of the register. Your photographer and video technician will need to choose a suitable spot in the church and remain there during the service. This is simply to ensure that the ceremony and the bridal party remain the centre of attention, not the photographer. Please ask your photographer or video technician to arrive early enough on the day of your wedding to discuss arrangements with the celebrant.

Refreshments

If you wish to provide refreshments after the service for your guests, please let us know. You may wish to consider using the facilities offered by the Alexandra Hall within the St Luke’s precinct. No alcohol is to be brought into the church grounds, without prior discussions with the parish administration.

Wedding Costs

The Anglican Church and its clergy do not charge set fees; however you will appreciate there are costs incurred in providing and preparing the church for your wedding. Your offering of thanksgiving for your marriage at St Luke’s enables us to maintain both our ministry to the parish and the church and its grounds. We are often asked how much this should be; whilst there is no fixed amount the average offering where the engaged couple are both working is $1000.00. We ask for a deposit of $500 to accompany your booking form and it is helpful if all monies can be paid a month before your wedding date. The deposit includes the fees for the organist and the verger (the person who ensures everything is in place for your wedding).

Rehearsal

The wedding party will need to attend a one hour rehearsal during the week prior to your wedding.

Download the Intention to Marry form below.