Many couples who have already had a civil wedding decide that they would like to dedicate their marriage to God in church soon afterwards.
A husband and wife may be able to have their marriage blessed by a member of our clergy team in St Peter's or St Paul's, whether they got married in New Zealand or abroad.
For couples who marry abroad, this can be a way of ensuring more family and friends can celebrate the marriage if they were unable to travel to another country for the legal marriage.
The service is a one of prayer and dedication, which is often known as ‘a blessing’.
It is a simple service acknowledging the commitment already made between husband and wife during a civil ceremony and asks for God’s blessing and guidance in their new life together.
Because this is NOT A MARRIAGE SERVICE, there is no exchange of rings and there is no signing of the Register.
The service can be designed to include hymns, readings, and flowers if you would like that, or it can be an intimate, low key service.
COSTS INVOLVED: The fee for wedding blessings is $600 including preparation & administration costs with the clergy, church hire, presiding clergy at the ceremony, issuance of certificate etc.
You can request a wedding blessing in either St Peter's or St Pauls', always provided that you meet the statutory requirements and that both the church and a member of the clergy are free on your preferred date.
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We would be happy to discuss your wedding blessing in more detail with you.