Congratulations on your decision to marry! In choosing to get married at St. Kevin’s you are indicating a willingness to invest some time and effort into the preparation and ceremony for your wedding. This page will provide you with information about the policies and practices that have been adopted at St Kevin’s to ensure the optimal satisfaction of everyone involved in the planning and celebration of your wedding ceremony. More information is available when you contact the Parish Office to book your wedding.
Please give at least a year’s notification prior to a wedding at St. Kevin’s
Forms & Identification Requirements
Government requirements …
A) Recent full birth certificate (not an extract), passport (for those born overseas), and driver’s licence is useful for additional proof of identification
B) Decree Nisi for those divorced
C) Notice of Intended Marriage has to be completed and signed at least one month, but not more than eighteen months, before the wedding
Church requirements …
A) BAPTISM CERTIFICATE for the purpose of marriage
B) ANNULMENT DECREE FOR DIVORCED (The annulment process may take months to reach its conclusion, which may be in the negative)
C) Letter of FREEDOM TO MARRY from the Parish Priest for those living outside St. Kevin’s Parish
Preparation for marriage is a pre-requisite, which is usually directed by the celebrant of the marriage and often involves a pre-marriage education programme. It is advisable for couples to engage in a pre-marriage education programme as soon as possible after the church has been booked. The preparation period with the celebrant is decided by the priest
The celebration of marriage may take place either within the Mass (Nuptial Mass) or outside the Mass (ceremony only). In making a choice, it is helpful to consider the number of practising Catholics who will be in attendance
The preparation of a wedding booklet could be based on the book, Together for Life, available at the Central Catholic Bookshop, next to St. Francis’ Church in the city
Two witnesses are required. Both have to be 18 years or over
Flowers & Decorations
SOME IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER ABOUT THE USE OF THE CHURCH
You can either supply your own music or contact one of our parish choir leaders. If you use our audio visual system then you will have to bring your own computer (laptop) and be extremely responsible in using the system. Any damage done to the system will be paid for by you. No secular music is allowed during the liturgy
It is a common courtesy that the official photographer will meet with the priest celebrant shortly before the celebration. It is expected that photographers will work as unobtrusively as possible, both in the main aisle and in front of the first row of seats. The celebration should not be disturbed by the use of flood lights or much movement. Photographers are not permitted in the sanctuary area, unless to take photos after the signing in front of the altar
Those who take videos should avoid using flood lights and remain in one place. Videographers are not permitted in the sanctuary area
Confetti, Rice, Petals, etc.
Please NO confetti, rice or petals in or around the church as they can ruin the carpet. Please inform all your guests in this regard when sending invitations.
Church: The suggested amount for the use of the church is $150.
Celebrant: This is your gift to the priest. The suggested amount is $350
Organist, Choir or other: Please attend to the payment as negotiated