We are delighted that you are interested in making St. Paul’s a part of your wedding celebration! We want to do everything possible to make sure that your wedding is a wonderful and memorable occasion for you and your loved ones. Even more importantly, as you begin your new life together, we also want to do all we can to help you build the strongest possible marriage. Most importantly, we hope this will be a time in which you come to know Jesus Christ in a deeper way. With all this in mind, we have developed the following wedding guidelines to help in your thinking and planning. Please read carefully what we have to say, then feel free to share any questions or comments you may have.
1. An Overview
The Bible teaches us to hold marriage in very high regard. The Book of Alternative Services summarized Scriptural teaching this way: “Marriage is a gift of God and a means of His grace. It is a way of life that all should reverence, and none should lightly undertake.” At St. Paul’s we try to “reverence” marriage by taking each aspect of planning and preparation seriously.
Marriage is God’s good gift to humankind – both Christian and non-Christian. It was instituted by God himself and was intended from the beginning to reflect God’s love and faithfulness to the whole human race. Recognizing this, St. Paul’s marriage preparation is open to people at all stages of Christian development – from the honest seeker to the committed disciple.
While Christians have no monopoly on marriage, it is Christ’s living presence in a couple’s life together and mutual submission to His authority, which sets Christian marriages apart. Therefore, we are convinced that the most effective thing we can do to support marriages is to point to Jesus Christ and to help couples grow in their relationship with him. If you are already married and are seeking a Christian blessing for your marriage, we would be pleased to support you in this endeavour.
2. Who gets married at St. Paul’s?
At St. Paul’s we are committed to ensuring the highest quality of care for the couples married here. We are prepared to invest time and energy into every wedding we have here. Of course, our resources are not unlimited. For this reason, preference is given for weddings for members of the parish. Couples who indicate a desire to become members of St. Paul’s or who are active members of another church (local or outside of the Edmonton area) may request permission to use St. Paul’s for their ceremony but we cannot guarantee accommodation of that request.
A member of St. Paul’s is defined as someone who seeks to follow Jesus as Lord, regularly attends services at St. Paul’s, and who supports the ongoing ministry of this church. If you are not a member currently, but are interested, we would love to help you. Marriage is an exciting time, and it can become a great deal more exciting and meaningful through understanding more about Jesus. We warmly invite you to find out more.
3. Initial Application
If you are interested in being married at St. Paul’s, please contact the office or a member of the clergy to request a date and request the Marriage Application. If possible, we will tentatively reserve space in the church pending a review of your application. As soon as you can, please contact one of the clergy to set up an appointment to discuss your wedding, to answer any questions you may have, and to confirm reservation of church facilities.
4. Officiating Minister
Ordinarily, St. Paul’s clergy perform all weddings in the church or chapel. If you want a specific clergy person to officiate at your wedding, be sure to speak to him/her before you set a date and time.
Please call the church office to arrange a meeting with the officiating minister. Please discuss any other arrangements with the Rector.
5. Date and Time of Your Wedding
Choosing the right day and time for your wedding is an important detail. Weddings at St. Paul’s are usually performed on Saturdays; other days are sometimes available, but never on Sundays. To allow for photographs, clean-up and set-up, we will only schedule one wedding ceremony on any given day. Weddings are not performed during the week before Easter or the week before Christmas. We need notice of at least 3 months to schedule a wedding. Date and time slots are filled on a first come, first serve basis once a wedding application has been approved.
6. Marriage Preparation
“Your wedding is one day – your marriage is a lifetime.” At St. Paul’s we want all couples married here to have the strongest possible marriage. To help you achieve this goal, we ask that you participate in a Marriage Preparation Program supported by St. Paul’s.
This is an excellent marriage preparation weekend course during which you, as a couple, will have the opportunity to discuss everything from communication to spiritual concerns over the period of a weekend. Information can be found at www.ceewest.com/communities/edmonton or phone Edmonton Catholic Engaged Encounter at 780-466-0090.
Beulah Alliance Church
17504 – 98A Avenue
Cornerstone Counselling Centre
11111 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
7. Christian Instruction
You have decided to get married in the church. We are thrilled that you want to include God in your life and ask for His blessing on your marriage. With this in mind, we want to assist you both in strengthening your faith further and we ask you to complete a basic course in the Christian faith, if you have not already done so. Please ask the church office for more details.
8. Legal Requirements
Prior to marriage, you must obtain a license to marry from a registry office. If you are to be married in St. Paul’s, this license must be given to the St. Paul’s church office at least two weeks before the wedding service. Alberta marriage licenses are valid for three months. We will put an announcement for your wedding in the bulletin on the Sunday before the wedding date and ask the congregation to pray for you (please notify the office).
9. Official Marriage Certificate
As a memento of your wedding, a Certificate of Marriage will be given you by the officiating minister. Please note, however, that this is not an official legal certificate. Application for the official certificate should be obtained as you file your marriage license. The marriage certificate is usually issued by a registry office. We understand it now takes 4-6 weeks to process this application.
10. Facilities and Service Details
Church Facilities: The sanctuary seats up to 275 people and the chapel seats up to 20. The digital piano can be used for church weddings. We also have a sound system and facilities for a group of musicians.
Parking: Parking is available in both the lot east of the church and the one west of the church. People attending weddings are asked not to obstruct driveways or lanes in the area.
The Order of Service: Normally the order of service will follow The Book of Alternative Services. Participation by non-parish clergy or musicians within the service is limited to only a number of specific roles, subject to direction by the officiating minister. St. Paul’s reserves the right to choose what participation is appropriate. Readings will be from the Bible – a suggested list can be found on the final page of this booklet. Ask the officiating minister for additional direction.
Church Decorations: Church decorations are not provided by St. Paul’s. As your decoration needs may have an impact upon the altar in the sanctuary, you will need to discuss decorations with the Altar Guild at least four weeks before your wedding. For information about candles or flowers, please speak with the Altar Guild. The church office can provide you with contact information for members of the Altar Guild. All decoration plans must be reviewed and approved in advance by the Altar Guild. Please fill out the form for the Altar Guild and leave at the church office. NO CONFETTI: In consideration of the church property, you are asked to ensure that no confetti, rice, flower petals, or birdseed is thrown either in or about the church facilities.
Photographs and Video: Photographs and video are a welcome way to preserve the special memories of your wedding. As the wedding service is a church service, it is requested that no flash photography be used during the wedding ceremony by guests, or by professional photographers, videographers, or others. Pictures may be taken at the signing of the Register and as the bride and groom walk down the aisle before and after the service. All photographers and videographers are asked to be discreet and not to obstruct the view of the congregation, and they should be informed in advance to take direction from the officiating minister.
Service Bulletins: A service bulletin will be provided by St. Paul’s provided at least two weeks notice (with information included) is given to the church office. The template of this bulletin is a standard service booklet used for weddings at St. Paul’s. If you prefer a bulletin that does not follow our template, you will be required to produce a master copy. The church office will print this booklet if received at least one week prior to the wedding.
It is very important for all wedding participants to feel as confident and well-prepared as possible during the service so, for all formal weddings (with processional, recessional, etc.), a rehearsal is required. Please arrange this with the officiating minister. The rehearsal is usually about 60 minutes in length, and all members of the wedding party are asked to be present if possible. The evening before the wedding is the appropriate time for a wedding rehearsal. Changing rehearsal dates and times is very difficult because of the extensive use of the church facilities for other purposes. If you wish to change your rehearsal time or date, please consult with the officiating minister first.
Please do not have your invitations printed until the date and time of your wedding have been confirmed by St. Paul’s and a contract has been signed. The suggested form for the address of the church for your invitations is:
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
10127 – 145 Street
Edmonton, AB T5N 2X6
13. Wedding Music
Please inform us of your wedding music selections at least 4 weeks in advance of the wedding. St. Paul’s will provide one musician/pianist. If you have a preference of a St. Paul’s musician, please let the church office know. Additional St. Paul’s musicians are available at an additional charge. If you prefer to use your own musician, please inform the church office at least 4 weeks prior to your wedding. If you want to use the St. Paul’s pianist with your own soloist or instrumentalist, the office needs to be informed at least 4 weeks prior to your ceremony. All music selections must be suitable for a service of worship in the church.
The cost of using the sanctuary for your wedding ceremony is a flat fee which covers all of the costs for the personnel and other items we provide.
Damage/Cleaning Deposit (separate cheque dated for date of event)
Ceremony (includes sanctuary for ceremony and rehearsal)
Other Costs (dependent on use)
Hall Rental (Each Day of Use)
Sanctuary Decorating (if needed prior to wedding day – Each Day)
Additional St. Paul’s Musicians (per additional person)
Full payment for your wedding must be made at least two full weeks prior to your wedding. Your damage/cleaning deposit should be made on a separate cheque dated for the day of your ceremony. The deposit will not be returned if confetti, rice, birdseed, or flower petals need to be cleaned from any floor surface in the building, or any other damage or excessive mess is reported. You will be informed within one week following your event if your deposit will not be returned with a listing of building areas affected. If there are no issues of damage of excessive disorder or mess, the deposit cheque will be returned to you (or destroyed with notice given to you).
15. Readings and Psalms Suitable for Marriage Liturgies
Old Testament and New Testament Readings
Psalms and Suitable Refrains