St. John’s has an open policy in regard to marriage and blessing. You do not need to live in the parish area, nor do you need to be a member of our church or any other.
Couples desiring to be blessed at St John’s should contact the parish office at to check that the time and date desired are available. At this point a tentative booking may be made, although this will not be confirmed until a deposit of $250 has been paid.
All ordained ministers of our church undergo extensive training, and by virtue of what they do on a daily basis, develop highly professional skills in leading services, addressing gatherings of people, and in public speaking. At most Blessing ceremonies at St John’s, the celebrant will be the church rector.
Once the booking for a Blessing has been confirmed, the next step will be a meeting with the Rector of St John’s.
The rehearsal normally takes place during the week prior to the ceremony. Typically the rehearsal will take between 30 and 60 minutes. The main purposes of the rehearsal are to practise the entry of the wedding party into the church, and to give the bride and the groom some practical instructions about where things happen and how the service proceeds. The time and date of the rehearsal is arranged in consultation with the celebrant through the parish office.
Confetti or rice are prohibited as they constitute either littering, (confetti) or a slip hazard (rice). Biodegradable matter only (i.e. rose petals and potpourri) may be thrown outside in the church grounds, or you may distribute bubbles which can be blown outside the church.
The church has no objection to professional photographers taking photographs of the service nor to the ceremony being filmed by a videographer arranged by the couple.
It is important that the photographer and / or videographer introduce themselves to the clergy before the service begins for a comprehensive briefing on church etiquette.
Permission to record the music of the service should be sought from your musician(s), if any.
The fees are made up of two components:
(i) A non-refundable deposit of $250 which must be paid to confirm a booking.
(ii) Fees for the Blessing are $1,250 ($250 of which is paid as the deposit), which includes the celebrant and use of the church; an additional $350 is charged if you wish to utilise the services of St John’s organist.