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Planning a Wedding Service

Planning the Service

We are pleased you wish to get married at St Matthew’s.

We are delighted when any couple wishes to pledge their love, trust, and fidelity to each other before God and in the presence of their friends and family.  At present Anglican clergy are not yet authorised to conduct wedding ceremonies for same-gender couples.  However, as we continue to work hard toward the day when we can, we will be happy to arrange non-Anglican clergy to conduct ceremonies for our same-gender couples while offering all the same love and support we would to any other couple.


The clergy at St Matthew's are here to help you plan a service that reflects you and your partner's dreams, vision and values.  

One of the tools we have to help you begin is three versions of services offered in A New Zealand Prayer Book. All three services can be adapted if you wish and you can mix and match sections from each as you prefer. The clergy are happy to assist you through the process. If you choose to write your own service, the prayer book services are a useful outline for what needs to be in it. A copy of those services can be found here.


Other things to think about for the service include readings and music (you can find suggestions for readings here and suggestions for music here), and who you would like to participate. These are key ways to personalise even the most traditional service. Other traditions have become popular such as the lighting of a Unity Candle.


This is your day and we are here to help you along the way.


The Clergy and Staff of St Matthew-in-the-City


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