Sts Peter and Paul's
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. We at the Parish of South Melbourne welcome you to celebrate this day in our beautiful church of Sts Peter and Paul’s, the oldest suburban church in Melbourne. It occupies one of the most historic and privileged sites in Melbourne where Catholics have gathered and worshipped since 1854. Our Parish Community wishes you well as you undertake the arrangements for your wedding day and we pray that God will bless your marriage and your life together.
When may Marriages Be Celebrated?
Marriages are normally celebrated on a Saturday and Sundays, at 1.30pm and 3.30pm Other days can be arranged, with the following exceptions: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and those occasions when the Church has been reserved for other Parish functions.
Both Bride and Groom must obtain the following documents so that the marriage papers can be prepared by your Celebrant
- Notice of intended marriage - Usually the Celebrant for your wedding will help you complete this Form. In some circumstances it may be necessary to arrange for another Celebrant do this. The form is to be signed by both parties, at least one month prior to the wedding.
- Birth Certificate or current passport - Both parties require an official certificate showing the date and place of their birth and the registration number. If necessary, a Birth Certificate can be obtained from a Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Persons born in Australia require a birth certificate, persons born outside Australia may use their passport.
- Baptism certificates - If both parties are baptized they will both require a Baptism Certificate. For a marriage to proceed at Sts Peter and Paul’s, at least one of the parties must be a baptised Catholic and both parties be free to marry i.e. never been validly married before. If one or both of you were involved in a previous religious or civil marriage, please indicate this before you book the Church.
- Pre-nuptial enquiry form - This will be filled in with the priest who is preparing the couple for their marriage.
- Application for a dispensation - This will be required when one of the parties is not a Catholic. The priest preparing the couple for their wedding will prepare and handle the necessary application.
- Marriage preparation programme - Very suitable programmes are run by Catholic Care at an extra cost to you or you may choose to attend the Parish run FOCCUS Marriage preparation programme at no extra cost. Fee is included in the payment you make to the Parish. The priest helping the couple plan their wedding will provide information about these.
- Booking the Church - This should be done well ahead of the planned wedding. You have a better chance of securing your preferred date and time if you make your booking early.
- Offering for use of the Church -Couples wanting to get married at Sts Peter and Paul's are asked to make a set contribution of $800 when a resident priest celebrates the Wedding or $850.00 if you bring your own priest. This contribution goes towards the conservation and upkeep of our heritage churches, as well as the provinsion of gardeners, cleaners and secretarial services. A deposit of $100 needs to be made before the booking can be confirmed. The balance is due one month prior to the wedding. The $100 deposit is not refundable in the event of a cancellation. The offering made for the use of the Church does not, however, include the donation which is made to the Priest for celebrating your marriage which is customary around $300.00 to be handed to the celebrant in an envelope on the rehearsal night or on the wedding day.
- Celebrant – Sts Peter and Paul’s has three resident priests and they normally conduct all marriages. If you would like a priest other than one from Sts Peter and Paul’s to officiate at your marriage (a family member or close family friend) please contact the Parish Priest for approval.
- Ceremony or Nuptial Mass - The type of Church ceremony is decided upon by the Bride and Groom in consultation with the Celebrant. The Bride and Groom will be given the opportunity to choose Scripture Readings and Prayers as part of the ceremony.
- Wedding Booklets:
- Rehearsal - Rehearsal day and time will be arranged with you to take place just prior to the Wedding.
- Flowers – Fresh flowers are arranged in the church each Friday and are suitable for weddings. The colour of the flowers typically reflects the liturgical season, so they do vary. You are free to personally organise with a florist to have prepared arrangements delivered on the day of your wedding but the parish does not have facilities to have arrangements prepared on site, the flowers will have to be arranged off site. Pew bows are put on the first three pews (each side of the aisle) for weddings. If you wish to supply your own, contact the Parish Office.
- Music -The choice of music for your wedding should be in keeping with the sacred nature of the ceremony. It is best to check your choice of music with the Celebrant before you have finalised your selection with your musicians.
The church has an excellent sound system. You are free to plug in your own IPod/CD player to our sound system. Or you can arrange for the Church organist to play at your wedding. Mrs. Kate Ryan, (Parish Organist) 9690-1110 .. M. 0418 102 990. Check with the Celebrant if you wish to involve other musicians or singers. Payment for organists, singers and other musicians is arranged directly with them at an extra cost to you.
- Photographs, videos and Lighting - The taking of photographs and the use of a video cameras is acceptable but it is requested that the photographers and camera operators are kept to the side of the sanctuary away from the raised carpeted area and do not interfere with the ceremony or distract the participants. Photographers should be discreet and speak to the celebrant before the ceremony.
- Confetti - Please advise your guests (when sending out invitations) that confetti, rice or anything similar, should not be thrown in or around the Church grounds. We want you to have a clean and tidy Church, but we also want the same for other couples and the Sunday congregations whose support keeps the Church operating.
- Church Grounds - The parish gardeners endeavour to keep the Church grounds in good condition. We ask that you ensure that your guests do not park cars on the lawns.
- Consumption Of Alcohol/Smoking - Smoking and the consumption of alcohol in the Church grounds is not permitted. We ask that you advise your wedding party, photographers and car drivers of this matter before the wedding day.