Weddings at Malvern Uniting
Marriage services at Malvern have our own Minister as the officiating celebrant and the Uniting Church marriage rites are used. However, if you belong to another church, your pastor or priest may be invited to share in aspects of the service, but this is by special arrangement only with the Malvern Minister being the sole officiating celebrant – without exception. The Minister will attend to all the documents to register your marriage. This is the law. The Minister will guide you in planning the service and explain the different possibilities available to you. For example, readings from the Bible, prayers, lighting of candles, music choices and vows. Significant alterations to the church, furnishing and ornaments are not permitted.
Most people choose to have the pipe organ played at their wedding. We encourage live music but CD’s may be used as the Marriage Register is signed. At times, other musicians or soloists are invited or hired. This would be an added cost and your responsibility to arrange. Please speak to the Minister about this.
Photographs and videos are permitted. Professional photographers must be respectful of the service and generally operate from a fixed position. Please no flash photography during the service.
You may want bows or ribbons on the end of the aisle seats. These need to be attached by a loop
so nothing is stuck or pinned to the aisle seats. The church has an ivory set that you may wish to
use but, in the main, most prefer to do their own.
The provision of service leaflets is optional. The Minister will assist you with compiling them. Printing is your responsibility and your cost. Prior to printing please ensure the Minister has proof read. Its helpful if you make contact with us at least six months before your wedding date or, as soon as possible, if you have less time than that before your wedding, to make arrangements for the marriage preparation.
To further assist you in your decisions a booklet has been prepared for you to download - Weddings_at_Malvern_Booklet.pdf.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
1 John 4:7-16
Song of Solomon 2:10, 8:6-7
Psalm 23 The Lord’s My Shepherd
Psalm 46 God is our refuge and our strength
Psalm 84 How lovely, Lord, how lovely
Psalm 103 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
Psalm 121 To the Hills I life my eyes
Suggested Hymns – Together In Song (TIS)
59 All people that on earth do dwell
100 All creatures of God & King
106 Now thank we all our God
134 Praise, my soul, the king of heaven
217 Love divine, all loves excelling
613 Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy
645 As man and women we were made
648 Help us accept each other as Christ accepted us
654 When love is found and hope comes home
664 Your love, O God, has called us here
698 When the light of the first creation
779 May the feet of God walk with you
Check List leading up to your Wedding Day
Book church Check date available/view church/pay deposit to secure booking
Make other bookings Reception/flowers/photographer/cars/suits etc....
Meet with Reverend Present birth certificates/divorce annulments/death certificates (if applicable)/sign “Intent to Marriage”
Prepare order of service Contact organist to confirm hymns/sound system
Proof of Order of Service Provide Minister with copy of order of service before printing
Pay balance of church fee 10 days prior to - contact church office
Photographers/Video Must comply with the ministers request during service
Book rehearsal for wedding 3 to 4 days prior to wedding/sign paperwork
Ensure whole wedding party are in attendance
Provide copy of order of service to run through
Delivery of flowers to church Can be made 1 hour before the wedding