Marriages / Weddings

Marriage

We are delighted that you are considering getting married at one of our centres for this very important occasion in your life. The decisions, promises and commitment you will make will be binding upon you for life, and in coming to the church for marriage, you are asking God to be part of your marriage. Be assured of the church’s prayers for you as you make your preparations.

If you would like to be married in one of our churches on East Lake Macquarie please use the form on the contact page. Because your wedding is special for us, as well as for you, we like to make meaningful preparations for your big day. You will be invited to a marriage preparation meeting around 3-4 months prior to the date of your wedding ceremony. You will sign the Notice of Intended Marriage (Form 13) and start to plan the service with one of the clergy. The clergy can give suggestions about readings and music and can also advise you on photography and video-recording. The earliest date that you can lodge Form 13 is 18 months before the wedding date but you are welcome to book a date before that.

What the Church requires

Baptism: at least one of you must be baptised. Baptism preparation is available where neither of you has been baptised.

Legal Requirements

All official documentation is arranged by the clergy who will celebrate your marriage. You will however need to apply to the Office of Births Deaths and Marriages for your Registered Marriage Certificate after your wedding ceremony has taken place. You will also need to produce your original birth certificates and If you have been married previously you will also need to provide the other appropriate documentation, (decree absolute, death certificate, etc). Planning meetings are held 3-4 months prior to your wedding ceremony date.