Getting Married in the Parish of Mossman/Port Douglas
sacrament of Marriage
Christian church teaches that:
Marriage is a
gift of God our creator.
It is a symbol
of God's unending love for his people, and of the union between Christ and
Marriage is a
lifelong partnership uniting a woman and a man in heart, mind and body. In
the joy of their union, husband and wife enrich and respond to each other,
growing in tenderness and understanding.
a new family is formed, where children may be born and grow in secure and
therefore to be honoured by all. No one should enter it lightly or
selfishly, but responsibly and joyfully, with mutual respect and the
promise to be faithful.
Prayer Book for Australia 1995)
If you share this view of marriage, then we invite you to consider
celebrating your wedding day with us at St Andrew's
The first step will be to contact the Rector and make an appointment to discuss dates and times. There are many things you need to arrange before your wedding day, but keep in mind that the wedding day is not an end in itself. The wedding day itself is only the beginning!
there are some requirements under Church and civil law which govern all
marriages, and it is important to check that you comply with these:
parties to the marriage must be at least 18 years old, and at least one
must be a Baptised Christian in order for you to be married in the Church.
legal notice of marriage must be completed and given to your Celebrant at
least one month and one day, and not more than eighteen months, before the
marriage takes place, regardless of where you marry in Australia.
copies of your birth certificates (or passports for those born overseas)
must be sighted.
of us has been divorced. Does that make a difference?
persons who wish to remarry in the Church need the permission of the
Archbishop or Regional Bishop.
Vicar will need to apply for such permission before a booking can be
confirmed at the Church.
we have our own Minister or Priest?
is a requirement that the person who administers the wedding vows and
signs the marriage certificate is an Anglican Priest who has the
authorisation of both the Rector of the Parish and the Bishop of of the Diocese.
most circumstances a parish will be happy to extend hospitality to other
Anglican clergy to officiate. Please discuss this with the Rector before
making any arrangements.
Ministers of other churches may also be invited to take part in the service, but would not be able to administer the wedding vows or sign the documents.
should I do now?
The first thing to do is contact the Rector of the Parish on 4098 2672. The Rector will be able to guide you through the steps that need to be completed to have your special day here with us.
You might also like to take a look at our information sheet to give you some idea of what is required. You can download it here.