The Marriage Sacrament
Marriage is a sacrament of the Church, one of total and lifelong love between a man and a woman. It is a sacrament because it, in some way, reflects and participates in the total and unfailing love of God for humankind. The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is a Christian vocation. A wedding is a celebration of this sacrament.
For a marriage to proceed at Sts Peter and Paul’s, at least one of the parties must be a baptised Catholic and both parties be free to marry, i.e. both have never been validly married before. If one or both of you were involved in a previous religious or civil marriage, then please indicate this before you book.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our church has a capacity of approximately 300 people.
The parish priest or one of the other Capuchins will be available to celebrate your wedding.
Couples will need to give to the officiating priest or deacon at least six months notice of their wedding.
Weddings without the Nuptial Mass usually take about 30 minutes. Weddings with the Nuptial Mass will take about 60 minutes. Weddings may be booked for the following times:
Saturday 1.30pm and 3.30pm
Sunday 1.30pm and 3.30pm
Weekday wedding is also available
To marry at Sts Peter and Paul’s, the fee to the church is $1500 (including $500 as a booking fee and donation towards the restoration and maintenance of the church building). The total balance is due one month prior to the wedding. The deposit is not refundable in the event of a cancellation.
The fee above that goes towards the church does not include the donation to the priest or deacon for celebrating your wedding. You will need to make your own arrangement with the priest or deacon.
A marriage preparation program is an integral part of preparing for your wedding. The Archdiocese of Melbourne requires every preparing couple to complete a certified preparation course, before a Catholic priest or deacon may witness their marriage. The priest for your marriage celebration will discuss the details of the marriage preparation with you.
The preliminary enquiry form on this page to enquire about available dates and times.