St Johns East Malvern

Frequently Asked Questions

What Fees Are Involved?

The standard fee for a wedding at Saint John’s is $1400. This includes fees for the Celebrant, flowers, the organist, document preparation, the Verger, and use of the building. Additional fees apply for operation of the audio system and musical rehearsals if required. A non-refundable deposit of $150 is payable in advance to secure the booking. The balance of $1300 is payable to two weeks prior to the ceremony taking place.

Do We Need to Attend a Marriage Preparation program?

All couples are encouraged to undertake a marriage preparation course. Saint John’s will provide information on local programs. Participation is not mandatory.

Can I be Married at Saint John’s if I am Divorced?

Saint John’s welcomes all people and happily remarries those who have been divorced.

Church Bell

Saint John’s has a lovely English bell in the church tower that is rung at the arrival of the bride and when the couple leaves the church.

Photography During the Service

To ensure the dignity of the occasion, photographers are asked not to distract the bridal party or obscure the view of family and friends. Videos are permitted at a discreet distance and without additional lighting. Saint John’s has worked with many photographers and is pleased to recommend professional photographers it knows will provide excellent results at a reasonable price.

Flowers and Ribbons

The flowers in the Church are wonderfully arranged by members of the Sanctuary Guild. The cost of flowers is included in the fee for the wedding. Additional flowers can be arranged. If a specific colour or variety of flowers is desired then we will endeavour to meet your request. Ribbons can be provided for the end of the pew ends, or you may like to provide your own.

Can Someone Outside Saint John’s Conduct the Wedding?

The Vicar of Parish normally officiates at weddings. Clergy of other traditions are welcome to assist. The Celebrant must be an Anglican Priest.

Confetti and Rice

Confetti is not permitted in the church building or on the front steps. Rose petals are fine. Rice can be hazardous!

Government Requirements

All weddings have to comply with the regulations in the Commonwealth Marriage Act. There are forms to be filled out and preparations made. The Celebrant for your wedding will guide you through the preparation of the relevant documentation. Notice of Intented Marriage Form

Church Requirements

Marriage in the Anglican Church requires that at least one partner be baptised. Saint Agnes’ is happy to advise individuals and couples on preparation for baptism, where this is desired.

Wedding Receptions

Saint Agnes’ is located close to some of Melbourne’s finest Receptions Centres. The Gables reception centre is located in Finch Street, just 100 metres from the church. Please ask the Vicar for advise on a venue to suit you.

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