Congratulations! Getting married is one of the most exciting times of your life, and we want to offer you what support we can as you prepare for the big day. Although there is a lot to be organised, make sure you enjoy this time. We would love to talk to you about arranging a Christian wedding ceremony and help you understand what a Christian marriage is all about. Please be aware that it is a requirement of the church for at least one of the couple to be baptised. If you'd like to be baptised please contact us.
We offer three locations that can host up to 200 people and our team can assist with the set up of the church and provide an organist, if required. You need to contact the office and make an appointment to talk to the minister. They will talk to you about the marriage preparation and confirm with you the date and time.
Marriage & WEDDING PREPARATION
The Anglican Church offers a range of Marriage liturgies which you will have time to study carefully and, in consultation with the officiating Minister, develop into an order of service that is appropriate for you. The link takes you to an online version so you may peruse these before meeting up with the minister.
Because of the high value we place on marriage, every couple will be expected to complete meetings with the minister to talk through some of the issues relating to Christian marriage. There will also be a rehearsal during the week of the wedding.
It is the responsibility of the couple being married to have any service sheets printed.
Music is an important part of the service and needs to be discussed with the Minister. When you have settled on the music you require, you will need to ring the Organist, Janice Thompson, ph 298-4406. She will also help you choose music, if you desire.
If you are arranging other music, please discuss this with the minister well in advance of the day as some music is not suitable for a church wedding.
Naturally you may want a full photographic record of your wedding day, and photography during the service is quite acceptable, but with the proviso that the dignity of the occasion is fully respected and it is done in a non-intrusive way. Arrangements regarding photography (still or video) and sound recordings need to be discussed with the Minister in advance and conveyed to the people concerned.
This can be obtained from the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. It takes three working days to process and are valid for three months. Cost of the licence is determined by Births, Deaths and Marriages and the process of obtaining one can be found online. The paper copy licence needs to be handed into the office two weeks before the wedding so the details may be entered into the Church register. Please note that BDM are transitioning to online services. Please read the information in the above link carefully before applying for your certificate. If you obtain your certificate via email, please forward to email@example.com two weeks before the wedding.
The flowers are arranged by parishioners but if you want to share in the decorating of the Church, please contact the Parish Secretary (Ph 299-8086). During the season of Lent (six weeks prior to Easter), there are no flowers provided in the Church, you will need to arrange for your own, and ensure their removal after the service.
For the rest of the year you may:
Use the flowers provided (no cost);
Provide flowers for the church florists to arrange; or
Provide your own flower arrangements.
For weddings held on a Saturday if you do not wish to use the church provided flowers you must leave your flowers that are at the front of the church for Sunday use as there will be no time for our florists to come in after your wedding and decorate the church for Sunday.
You must contact the Office on 299 8086 and inform Janice Thompson which option you wish to use. Of course you are welcome to collect them after our Sunday services.
If you want decorations on the pew ends, these must be tied on. No adhesives like glue, sellotape, blue-tac or pins may be used. Decorations must be removed immediately after the service (other services may be following yours).
Confetti, rice or similar is not allowed inside buildings or in doorways. You may however use flower petals. We ask that you arrange to have these cleared following the service.
We ask for a donation of $400 for the use of the church facilities (payable to ‘Papakura Anglican Vestry’). This amount is a donation. An honorarium of $100 for the organist (payable to the name of the organist playing). If using Christ Church, there is a $50 donation for the use of the sound desk technician.
Your wedding is considered booked after you have met with the minister and paid your church donation. If you decide for any reason to not proceed, your donation is refunded in full.
Payments should be made when the marriage licence is handed in to the church office or the license is emailed to the office. Please put the payments for the organist, the church and ‘Sound Desk Technician’ in separate named envelopes.
Cheques are to be made out to "Papakura Anglican Vestry"
If you chose to pay via internet banking, our details are:
Bank account number: BNZ 02-0400-0026277-000;
Reference or code: 1140/A04;
Particulars: <your name>
Eftpos is available. Please contact us to check prior to arriving if you wish to pay this way. Note church office hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9am - 1pm or by prior arrangement.
Christ Church, Papakura can comfortably seat 180 people.
Selwyn Chapel, Papakura can comfortably seat 60 people.
St Margaret’s, Karaka can comfortably seat 80 people.
The Next Steps
If you wish to book, please fill in the form below.
A minister will then be appointed to officiate at your wedding. They will contact you to arrange a first meeting.
Thank you for your interest in getting married in Papakura Anglican Parish. We hope we can assist in making your wedding (and your marriage!) a wonderful success.
May God bless you during your preparations.
Application for a Wedding
Please note that if previously married an original of the dissolution needs to be brought to be sighted by the minister.