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Planning Your Wedding at Killara Uniting Church

Weddings at Killara 'Fiveways' Uniting Church

Working with couples and families to celebrate marriage is one of the great joys of a Christian Community. Marriage is, for many people, the most significant relationship of human life, and when we celebrate marriage we express some of life’s deepest and most wonderful meanings.

A marriage service uses words and symbols to represent those powerful meanings. It seeks to express the love, trust and hope of a man and a woman as they make a commitment to shared future. It is also a legal commitment, a formal announcement of marriage to family and community, and, when a minister of the Church is involved, a service of worship.
With all those things happening it’s no surprise that preparing for a wedding can also be just a little stressful!! With so many expectations and hopes to express, with different 'family cultures' and personalities involved, and with significant costs to cover, weddings need careful planning - and we can't let the point of the wedding – the celebration of a loving, trusting and hopeful relationship – be lost in the myriad details.
Thank you for considering Killara Uniting Church as a place to be married. We would like to work with you to make your wedding a true expression of your love, and share in the joy of your family and community. We hope the notes below are helpful.

Church Requirements

The Church requires that every Minister ensure that couples adequately understand the nature and responsibilities of a Christian Marriage. Weddings at the 'Fiveways' Uniting Church will need to have a Uniting Church Minister acting as the celebrant, and will use the Uniting Church's liturgy for celebrating a Christian marriage.
It is also important that the Minister and the couple become acquainted before the Marriage Ceremony. This may require several meetings and will cover such matters as completing necessary formalities, a discussion of the meaning of marriage, planning the service and a rehearsal.

It is a requirement that each couple undertake a 'Prepare' programme – or something similar – before their Marriage. This programme has been developed to help couples improve communication and to better build up the strengths of their relationship.

Order of Service

The Minister will discuss the order of service with you. The service has some elements that are legally required, and with those elements included, we hope to make the service unique and personal.

Couples may wish to invite friends or relatives to read from the Bible and/or lead prayers in the service. This is welcomed as long as the reader is able to speak and read English clearly.

Marriage ceremonies don’t have to include hymns. Hymns are best included when most guests will know them and will sing along.

You will need to discuss any special request for music during the processions and the signing of the register with our organist.

Legal Requirements

A Notice of Intended Marriage must be completed at least one month before the wedding date.

Birth certificates for the bride and groom will be needed when completing documentation and, where relevant, death or divorce certificate also.

The Bride and Groom will also be asked to sign a Statutory Declaration before the marriage service, to say that there is no legal reason for them not to marry.

Two persons over the age of 18 will be required to sign the marriage certificate as witnesses of the Marriage Ceremony.

If there are any other requirements under the Commonwealth Marriage Act your Minister will explain them to you.

Practical Arrangements in the Church

Flowers will be responsibility of the Bridal party. Vases are provided.

Decorations may be attached to the pews with ribbon or elastic but please – no sticky tape or pins.

Photography is permitted in the church under certain, clearly understood conditions and with prior arrangement with the Minister. The photographer will not be allowed beyond the front pews during the service, as it is distracting, floodlights and flash photography are not permitted for the same reason. If these conditions are breached the service will be stopped and the photographer will be asked to leave. Please make sure your photographer is aware of these rules to avoid embarrassment.

Flowers girls and pageboys should be chosen carefully. Ideally they will be of school age and able to stand for the duration of the service (usually half an hour).

Confetti and rice may not be used, as they are impossible to completely clean up.

The Church appointed organist is expected to play for all ceremonies unless prior arrangements have been made with a qualified musician.

The Groom and his attendants should be with the Minister in the vestry at least 10 minutes before the ceremony is due to begin. They will remain in the vestry until the Bridal party is ready to enter the Church.

The Bridal Party should make every effort to arrive at the Church at the advertised time. Do not allow photographers to delay proceedings. It normally takes approximately 10 minutes from the arrival of the Bride to the beginning of service.

Please contact the Church Office for more information.