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MARRIAGE PREPARATION​

 

You are welcome to contact us if you intend to get married in the future via our contact form below.

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 180 people. 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.

Marriage Preparation

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.

 

Wedding Preparation

Service sheets

It is the responsibility of the couple being married to have any service sheets printed.

Music

Music is an important part of the service and needs to be discussed with the Minister well in advance of the day as some music is not suitable for a church wedding.

Photographs

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. 

Marriage Licence

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 printed 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 admin@papakuraanglican.org.nz two weeks before the wedding.

Flowers

The flowers are arranged by you. 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. Please ensure the removal of all flowers after the service. Additional fees may be charged if not adhered to.

 

For the rest of the year you may:

  1. Use the plastic display flowers provided (no cost);

  2. Provide your own flower arrangements.

Decorations

If you want decorations on the pew ends, these must be tied on. No adhesives like glue, sellotape, "blu-tac" or pins may be used. Decorations must be removed immediately after the service (other services may be following yours).

Confetti

Confetti, rice or similar is not allowed inside buildings or in doorways. You may however use flower petals outdoors only. We ask that you arrange to have these cleared following the service.

Donations

We ask for a donation of $600 for the use of the church facilities and Minister's time.

If using Christ Church, there is a $150 cash payment 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.

Making Payment

Payments should be made when the marriage license is handed in to the church office or the license is emailed to the office. Please put the payments for the church and ‘Sound Desk Technician’ in separate named envelopes.

Internet Banking

Via internet banking, our details are:

Bank account number: BNZ 02-0400-0026277-000;

Reference or code: 1140/A04;

Particulars: <your name>

Note church office hours are Monday-Thursday, 10am - 2pm or by prior arrangement.

Church seating

Christ Church, Papakura can comfortably seat 180 people.
Selwyn Chapel, Papakura can comfortably seat 60 people.
St Margaret’s, Karaka can comfortably seat 70 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

Congratulations on getting ready to marry your partner! This is a big step and we can't wait to help you on your journey. We'll be in touch soon!

Please note that if previously married an original of the dissolution needs to be brought to be sighted by the minister.

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