THE WEDDING SERVICE
Wedding services at St. George's are, of course, Christian in their values and Anglican in their traditions. The service is selected from either of the prayer books currently used in Anglican Churches in Australia. Couples are encouraged to make the service their own by the choice of music, readings and hymns (if that is their wish). Services are a blend of seriousness and celebration.
Initial enquiries are made through the Church Office with the secretary. If the date of your choice is available you will be asked to make an appointment to meet the Vicar to discuss your wedding plans and to confirm the date and time of service. Please bring to that meeting a list of questions you have concerning any apsect of the wedding arrangements. The Vicar will explain the legal and church requirements regarding weddings as well as answer your questions.
Couples are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity of their approaching marriage to strengthen the positives of their relationship through participation in one of the government approved pre-marriage education courses. Information brochures will be distributed at the first interview. The course is not mandatory.
There are several legal forms which are completed with the celebrant. She will guide you in this process. In addition you will need to establish your legal age by producing a full birth certificate (or a current foreign passport, if you were not born in Australia). This takes place at a second interview three months before the service.
The minimum legal notice for marriage in Australia is a calendar month and one day.
The church can assist you in the production of your service booklet. It has the right to use the copyright of the service and has a copyright licence for hymns. We can product a master copy of the service, including your own selection of materials and the names of participants, for you to produce. You need to provide a copy of the service for each guest. With our help, it is not a big task.
(Refer to the sections under wedding: readings ; order of service ; hymns)
Closer to the date of your wedding you will be put in contact with the Director of Music who will work with you on the selection of music to enhance your service. The fine pipe organ is the principal musical instrument in the building. Other choices are available and include instrumental groups and soloists. Recorded music does not work well in this building and may contravene copyright laws.