Below is some more information about getting married at St John’s in the City. Please contact us if you have any other questions.
No. We are pleased to talk to any couple that is interested in being married here, irrespective of denomination.
Weddings are held at St John’s in the City by arrangement with one of our Ministers. Couples wishing to book the church for a wedding need to discuss their plans with one of the Ministers before making a booking through the Church Office.
Please contact the Church Office for information on how much it will cost to have your wedding at St John’s in the City.
Weddings at St John’s are wonderful celebrations deliberately formed as services of worship in the presence of God. Within that framework of a Christian worship service there is much scope for your own significant input. It does not require compromising the integrity of a Christian ceremony in planning an occasion that will be a memorable celebration for you.
You may have one or two readings in the service, at least one of which must be from the Bible. We have a list of suggested Bible readings if you don’t know what to use.
St John’s in the City has an impressive pipe organ and it is normal for the wedding music selection to be played on this. It does however, require a competent organist to play it. Our organist is available to discuss your musical requirements.
There is also a grand piano available.
We do have a good sound system in the Church, which includes a tape and CD deck. We have no objections to you using recorded music.
Some form of marriage preparation is compulsory, even if you have been living together before getting married. The marriage preparation may take several forms, and will be negotiated with you by the officiating Minister.
A rehearsal will normally be held in the week leading up to the wedding. It takes about 30 minutes. If the marriage licence has not already been handed in to the Church Office, please bring this with you to the rehearsal.
The Minister conducting your wedding will draft the order of service in discussion with you. You can then use this order of service to prepare service sheets to your own requirements and taste.
No. Please make sure your guests are aware of this.
Photography during the service can be a significant distraction to those participating in this very important occasion, particularly when a flash is used. We prefer that the taking of photographs be limited to the bride entering the Church; the signing of the register; and the wedding party leaving the Church. Photographers and video operators are not permitted behind the bridal party and Minister at any time during the service. If you want special or particular photos you will need to discuss this with the Minister. Under no circumstance will photography be permitted during prayers.
Video operators need to maintain one position for the duration of the service. Please ensure that the photographer and video operator speak to the Minister before the service so that they know and respect our requirements.
Yes, but no decorations may be stuck on the ends of the pews. There are small rings attached to the ends of the front pews for tying bows etc.
It would also help us if you could arrange for someone to pick up any pew decorations after the service, as well as any service sheets left behind.
Please ensure that those setting up the church for your wedding do not move or rearrange the furniture. Please let us know well in advance if you have any special requests.
Yes, although this will depend on availability of the Chapel and also on whether anything else is taking place at the same time in the Church.
Special approval will need to be given, but the foyer of the Church can be used for that purpose.
Remember: no licence, no wedding. This important document must be obtained from the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages at the Department of Internal Affairs, Lower Ground Level, National Library, 70 Molesworth Street (use Aitken Street entrance) Wellington 6011
Don’t leave it to the last minute – allow for the possibility of a bureaucratic hiccup! The licence should be handed in to the Minister or the Church Office several days before the wedding.
Your marriage licence can be applied for up to three months before the date of the wedding.
You will sign these documents on your wedding day. You get to keep one copy, and the Minister posts the second back to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
St John’s in the City must have a copy of the signed marriage licence for its records.
Yes; for instance if either the bride or groom is deemed by the Minister to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.