Congratulations and blessings on your decision to marry!
St. John's welcomes requests for Christian marriage: membership is not
Contact the parish office for a more detailed flyer on arranging weddings
to Frequently Asked Questions
- arrangements for marriage are made through the Rector (priest)
of St. John's.
- The Anglican Church normally needs 60 days notice to arrange for a wedding.
- Only one partner needs to be a baptized Christian - of any denomination.
- Re-marriage of divorced persons is possible.
- Couples seeking renewal of vows or the blessing of a civil marriage
- a commitment to a process of marriage preparation is required, but we
can help with that (see below).
- All weddings at St. John's are conducted by the clergy of St. John's
or their designate.
- The sanctuary/church is not rented nor booked - it is made available
for sacred service.
- The only role third parties such as "wedding planners" have
at worship or rehearsal is as a guest.
to Arranging a Wedding
- after reading the flyer, contact
the office to arrange a meeting with the clergy.
- in most cases, two meetings plus marriage preparation suffice to arrange
- the clergy will reserve the date and time of your wedding with you.
- the Director of Music will play for weddings and offers supportive advice
on music suitable to the instrument, liturgy and occasion.
- couples obtain a marriage licence and deliver it to St. John's in advance
of the wedding.
Marriage preparation triples the chances of marriage success.
As finding it can be difficult and expensive, St. John's provides an annual
marriage prep session for couples. It is an interactive group course,
not "classes". You will be provided with a “tool kit” that covers
all the topics. Personal topics are discussed in private in couples. Workshop
dates are set annually, and run from Friday evening until Saturday afternoon,
usually in the late winter. A wine & cheese, breakfast, lunch and all
materials are provided. A fee (usually only $50/couple) is asked to recover
costs: volunteer hosts take care of everything.
- Photography is permitted as the bridal party enters and when
they exit the sanctuary.
- By request, a photo session after the wedding can be arranged in the
worship space following the liturgy: the clergy can be present and reenact,
and accommodate professional photographers or guests in this manner.
- Couples are advised in advance that photography is not appropriate nor
permitted during sacred worship.
- the grounds of the church are also available by request
- permission for those desiring to take wedding pictures on the
grounds of St. John's - but whose weddings are not conducted at the parish
- can be granted, but must be arranged in advance through the church office.
the Church - for Rehearsals and Weddings
John's Anglican Church
272 Wilson Street East (at Halson)
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. L9G 2B9