The Church of England is a popular wedding venue on Norfolk Island because of our attractive, and historic church buildings.
At the Church of England on Norfolk Island, we believe marriage is a gift from God for the well-being of all people: God knows what is good for us, and he wants us to experience all the joy and security of an intimate relationship. We welcome even those with no church background, to share in the blessing of a Christian wedding.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is my date available and how do I make a booking?
The best thing to do is to complete the online form (below) and indicate your preferences. Before we get back to you, we’ll check our availability and we will be able to give you an answer then.
2. Do you do Sunday or Weekday Weddings?
Sundays, typically no. Weekdays, typically yes. Saturdays? Usually!
3. Do you marry divorced persons?
We hope to be as compassionate and helpful as possible. In simple terms if there is no “going back” we aim to help you “go forward”. Your preparation for re-marriage be tailored to address the known factors that divorcees face. Each couple will be given all possible help toward a fresh start.
4. Do we have to be “baptised” or Anglican?
No. There are no requirements to be Anglican or baptised to be married at the Church of England on Norfolk Island.
5. How many can we seat?
We have two venues. All Saints Church and St. Barnabas Chapel. All Saints is great for large weddings. It can seat 300 or more people. Alternatively, groups as small as 10 or 20 can enjoy a wedding at St Barnabas and not feel overwhelmed by the size of the chapel.
6. What preparation is required?
At the Church of England we offer helpful preparation for your marriage including
- A Marriage Preparation Course
- A Computerised Relationship Inventory
- Meetings with the Minister who will conduct your ceremony
- Doing a course to help you “get closer to God” for your marriage.
7. What music is provided?
We can organise an organist if that’s your preference. Alternative music is permitted but needs to be approved by the Minister. As a rule we are flexible in allowing alternate music.
8. What if we live off Island?
The main issue here is your attendance at marriage preparation and meetings. If distance is going to prevent you from participation at marriage preparation, then we want to help you organise an alternative. Let’s discuss this!
9. Do you have facilities for a reception or refreshments?
Yes. St Barnabas does have what we call our Parish Centre which can host a simple meal or refreshments. There is a kitchen attached to the Parish Centre that can also be viewed and considered.