Information for Celebrating your wedding in The Cathedral of St Stephen, St Stephen’s Chapel & St Patrick’s Church
We welcome you both, your family and friends to the Cathedral Parish of St Stephen. These conditions are set down to enable you and your guests to enjoy the celebration of your marriage in the churches of the Cathedral of St Stephen.
The Cathedral of St Stephen, as the principal church of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, is a place of special significance. A request to be married in the Cathedral presupposes in the parties an awareness of the religious dimension of the occasion.
The following is a brief guide to assist you in planning for your wedding at the Cathedral of St Stephen. It is a marvellous setting for a wedding. It is not, however available for hire in the way that one may hire a venue for a wedding reception. Non-Christian weddings, or same-sex weddings, or weddings with a civil celebrant are not allowed.
Weddings are conducted according to the rites and teachings of the Catholic Church. The Catholic minister who presides at the wedding will help you know what is required in more depth but among the more important requirements are:
While the Cathedral is a marvellous setting for a wedding, the desirability of being married in the Parish Church of your own community should not be underestimated. Your Priest will guide you through the process of preparation and will be responsible for all the papers, both government and church. Take time to decide whether you are having a Ceremony or a Nuptial Mass.
As the Cathedral/Chapel and St Patrick’s are significant historical buildings, occasionally maintenance and restoration work will be undertaken. During these occasions scaffolding and other equipment may be fitted inside and outside of the Churches. On these rare instances, we will endeavour to ensure that the equipment will be as unobtrusive as possible. In the unlikely event that we are required to close the Cathedral/Chapel or St Patrick’s for restoration or maintenance, we will do our utmost to provide adequate notice. In consultation with you, we will also assist to locate a Church for the celebration of your wedding.