All Saints’ Church, Brisbane
would be delighted to be
the venue for your wedding.
Please read the following information
and then contact us.
Who may be married according to Christian rites?
The wedding is not simply a ‘ceremony’. Nor is All Saints’ Church just an historic and architecturally attractive backdrop for a colourful and sentimental religious event /social occasion. Marriage is a sacrament of the Catholic Church whereby a particular grace is imparted to a couple to live together as man and wife, to the exclusion of all others, and until they are parted by death. As a consecrated venue, a church is the most appropriate place for a Christian couple to initiate their marriage.
Both parties to the marriage, being a man and a woman, should be baptised. However, current Church practice may accommodate instances where only one of the couple is baptised. At All Saints’, an unbaptised candidate for marriage will be encouraged to ask for the Sacrament of Baptism before being married.
The marriage rite is a religious act as well as a public statement by the couple, effecting and declaring that they are committing themselves to the principles of Christian marriage. It is a service of prayer and blessing and an act of worship. As such, it is a most joyful occasion accompanied, naturally, by music, traditional ceremonies and celebration, with family and friends as witnesses to it.
Can divorced persons be re-married?
Until recently it was almost impossible for a divorced person (with a former partner still living) to be re-married in church. The possibility now exists for practicing Christians, known to a parish priest – to apply for a dispensation from the Archbishop or appropriate Bishop, to be re-married in church.
Any application for such a dispensation will only be forwarded to the Archbishop/bishop after a careful enquiry, and provided, also, that the parish priest is satisfied that all appropriate requirements are met. These will be explained in an initial interview with the parish priest. No plans or dates for a wedding should be finalised until a dispensation, in writing, has been received by the Parish Priest and the applicant/s, from the Archbishop or appropriate Bishop.
Initial contact should be made by email to or telephone, [07 32363692] or in writing to the Parish Priest. (All Saints’ prefers to have a minimum of three months notice of a proposed wedding date, and it should be noted that more than one calendar month’s notice of a marriage is required by law). The proposed date must be suitable for the church as well as the parties to be married, and other questions regarding age (the minimum age required by law is 18), baptism (see above), religious commitment, marital status (single, divorced, widowed etc. See above re the remarriage of divorced persons), will need to be satisfied.
You should not make any arrangements, send invitations or hire your wedding coaches, or book the reception or honeymoon until these details are clarified and the availability of All Saints’ is secured by a booking confirmation – which is the receipt issued in respect of the wedding deposit having been received. (Refer to How much will a wedding cost?).
At an initial interview with the Parish Priest the applicants for marriage will be required to present copies of full birth certificates (and/or passports). A ‘Notice of Intention’ form, requiring your personal details, will be completed by the Parish Priest, and will need to be signed and witnessed. (These are requirements of the Commonwealth Government.) Documentary evidence of baptism also may be required.
At this interview, other legal and church matters will be outlined, and information will be provided about form and procedure, as well as practical matters relating to the service, including the music, flowers, photography, the (non) use of confetti, etc.
At least two further interviews will be necessary as part of the preparations for the service and for marriage. A rehearsal is normally held in the church the afternoon/evening before the wedding.
Are there any ‘dos and dont’s’ regarding the service?
The officiating Priest will advise you about details of the wedding service. A traditional wedding contains the ‘distilled’ wisdom, customs and practices of 2000 years of Christianity. The wedding rites according to the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England and An Australian Prayer Book of the Anglican Church of Australia are used at All Saints’ Church and no alterations may be made to the text of the authorised wedding service.
Inappropriate music or readings, as well as some secular customs, may be deemed unacceptable. However, all these matters will be explained and discussed in a helpful and open manner at the appropriate time.
How much will a wedding cost?
The expenses relating to the wedding service at All Saints’ are usually the least expensive of all the costs of a wedding.
The confirmation of a booking for a wedding is accompanied by a non-refundable deposit of $100.00.
The subsequent payment of the balance of the full fees is an amount which is advised at the initial meeting with the Parish Priest. The full fees are determined when the couple’s expectations for inclusions in the wedding service are known. The standard fee at All Saints’ makes provision for the flowers, pew decorations, organist, verger, preparation of legal documentation as required by Commonwealth law, the Diocesan Administration Levy, and a fee to the priest for ministry-related purposes.
If you would like the All Saints’ Choir or a soloist to sing at your wedding, or additional instrumental accompaniment to the pipe organ, e.g. trumpet, strings, harp, etc, the Director of Music will advise you of the additional fee.
Other details of your wedding should be discussed at the first interview with the Parish Priest, or at any other time he is available. Please do not hesitate to ask if you are uncertain about any matters.
Music for Weddings
Music has a very important role in Christian liturgies and no less so at your wedding. Therefore, much care is needed in choosing appropriate music for your wedding.
All Saints’ Church is identified with excellence in traditional worship. All Saints’ Church has an historically important organ, built in London in 1873 for Brisbane’s first cathedral and which, since its relocation to All Saints’ in the 1950’s has been restored, enlarged and completely rebuilt in 2007. The Director of Music or a suitable qualified deputy will be the organist at your wedding. The organist’s fee is included in the fee for weddings at All Saints’ and which is to be paid prior to your wedding.
The following comments are intended to assist you in selecting appropriate music for your wedding at All Saints’.
The music at a wedding would normally include:
– Music before the service, while your guests are being seated in the church
– Music for the Entrance of the Bride
– Usually one, and sometimes two hymns
– Music during the Signing of the Register
– A Recessional or “Wedding March” during which the wedding party and then the congregation departs from the church
Additional music may be required when the wedding occurs in the context of a Nuptial Mass. If this is the case, the Director of Music will discuss this with you.
Entrance and Recessional Music
We recommend the following pieces for the Entrance of the Bride and the Recessional or “Wedding March”
Suitable for the Entrance of the Bride
- Charpentier, Prelude to the Te Deum
- Handel, Overture to the Royal Fireworks Music
- Wagner, Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin
Suitable for the Wedding March
- Handel, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, from Solomon
- Handel, Minuet from the Royal Fireworks Music
- Handel, Hornpipe from the Water Music
- Mendelssohn, Wedding March from a Midsummer Night’s Dream
While we recommend these pieces, there are numerous other pieces which may be suitable. Our organists’ repertoires extend beyond this list, so if there is another piece which you would prefer, it may be possible to include it. Please discuss this with the Director of Music. Please note that not all music can be performed effectively on an organ, and even organ music is best performed on an organ with particular specifications and qualities for a particular work. Accordingly, there may be practical and artistic reasons why we cannot accommodate your requests.
Some couples choose to engage a harpist, string quartet or other instrumentalists to play music during the Entrance and Recessional and at other times. It is certainly possible to do this at All Saints’. The fee payable to the musicians is a matter which you should arrange with the musicians directly. If the musicians require a prior rehearsal in the church, you should arrange this with the Director of Music. An additional fee may be payable to the church for this.
At All Saints’ the use of recorded, electronically reproduced music, or other music requiring amplification, is discouraged.
Before the Service and during the Signing of the Register
At least one hymn is included in most wedding ceremonies at All Saints’. If, however, you believe that your guests who will comprise the congregation at your wedding are not confident hymn singers, you should inform the officiating priest who may suggest that you engage the church choir (see above), or, otherwise, forego the wedding hymn.
There are many hymns which are suitable for a wedding service. The following hymns are highly recommended:-
O Father all creating
O thou who gavest power to love
Praise, my soul, the king of Heaven
Praise my soul
Praise to the lord the Almighty
Lobe den Herren
Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us
Love divine, all loves excelling
Blaenwern or Hyfrodol
Now thank we all our God
O perfect Love
O Perfect Love
There are many websites devoted to hymns. Many set out the lyrics of the hymn, (some with American spelling, which before the printing of your Order of Service, may need to be edited), and which provide a helpful MIDI file which enable you to hear the hymn tune.
Your selection of music and hymn(s) is usually printed in the “Order of Service” for your wedding.
Enquiries about music for your wedding at All Saints’ are most welcome. Please feel free to contact our Director of Music, via the Parish Office on (07) 3236 3692
Can other clergy be involved in the wedding?
The Parish Priest normally officiates at all weddings at All Saints’ but other clergy may officiate in certain circumstances. Clergy of most other jurisdictions of the Church and, sometimes, those some of other denominations, may be invited to, or may participate in, the wedding – however, they do not officiate.
Civil Celebrants of marriages cannot conduct weddings at All Saints’.
All Saints’ is one of very few churches in Brisbane’s CBD which has forecourt off-street parking for wedding coaches, as well as limited parking spaces for vehicles for wedding guests who may be mobility impaired.