St Peter’s Cathedral, one of Adelaide’s most famous and iconic landmarks, is an ideal setting for weddings.  This Neo-Gothic building with its towers, spires, beautiful architecture, ornate carved furniture, stained glass windows, and traditional interior makes for a perfect setting.  The Anglican Church’s wedding serves are beautifully worded, and at St Peter’s they are conducted with a deep respect for God and the people getting married.

Marriage is a Christian ceremony in which the couple, with their friends and family, ask for God’s blessing on their married life together.

The Anglican Church explains that Marriage is a gift from God our creator and is a symbol of God’s unending love for His people.  That marriage is a lifelong partnership, uniting a woman and a man in heart, mind and body and is to be honoured by all and should be entered responsibly and joyfully, with mutual respect and the promise to be faithful.

You are welcome to come in an have a look around the Cathedral, it is open every day from 9.30 to 4pm.  We recommend that you attend a service of worship at the Cathedral, to experience our worship, hear the organ and choir, and meet some of the people who belong to our community.

When are Weddings held at the Cathedral?

Most weddings are on Saturdays, depending on availability.  It is also possible to have your wedding on a weekday.  Weddings are never held during the week from Palm Sunday to Easter Day (Holy Week).

What will the service be like?

The order of Service from a Prayer Book for Australia is used.  Weddings at St Peter’s Cathedral are conducted by a member of the Cathedral Clergy staff.  Other clergy may be invited to participate at the discretion of the Dean.

What preparation is involved?

  • You will meet several times with the priest who conducts your wedding – to give you a chance to get to know each other and to cover the legal requirements.
  • You and your wedding party (including groomsmen and bridesmaids) will meet in the Cathedral just before the wedding for a rehearsal.
  • You will also be encouraged to attend an external course of preparation.

Must I be an Anglican to be married in St Peter’s Cathedral?

Not necessarily.  St Peter’s Cathedral offers hospitality to the community, although we would welcome you to join our vibrant and loving community, so that we can support you in your life together.

At least on of you must, however, be a baptised Christian.  If you are not baptised, and would like to explore the possibility, the first step is to begin worshiping regularly.  You will also be welcome to join one of the regular opportunities offered for baptism into our Church family.

I am divorced, can I be married in St Peter’s Cathedral?

Yes, you can, but you will need to discuss the process with the Dean.  You will need the permission of the Archbishop of Adelaide and be a worshiping member of an Anglican Church plus complete documentation at least 3 months before your wedding.

I want to be married in St Peter’s Cathedral, what do I do next?

Contact the Cathedral Office to make an appointment to meet with the Dean, the Very Reverend Frank Nelson. At the interview you will book a date for your wedding and be given a booklet which will give you more details information about the order of service, costs, music, reading etc.  You will receive more information about further preparation for your wedding and your life together. Bring with you:

  • Your baptism certificates
  • Possible dates to consider

Wedding Fees

There is a non-refundable administration fee of: $100. The cost of a wedding at St Peter’s Cathedral for 2015 is (not including the admin fee):  $2,370. This includes:

  • The use of the Cathedral
  • The priest conducting your wedding
  • Cathedral organist
  • Flowers
  • Virger
  • Confetti bond ($200 refunded if no confetti, rice or rose petals are thrown)

Optional Extras:

  • The Cathedral choir trebles (not available during school holidays): $540
  • Bells (if ringers are available): $300
  • Organist’s rehearsal with a soloist: $70

Wedding Music

You will need to choose two organ voluntaries, one for the entrance of the bride, and one for you both to process from the Cathedral. Typically a choral piece is sung while the register is signed.

For the bride’s procession you may choose one of:

Richard Wagner: Bridal March from Lohengrin

Johann Pachelbel: Canon in D major

Jeremiah Clark: Prince of Denmark’s March (Trumpet Voluntary)

G.F. Handel: Horn Pipe

John Stanley: Trumpet Tune

Henry Purcell: Trumpet Tune in D

C.S. Lang: Tuba Tune

Andre Campra: Rigaudon

G.F. Handel: Minuet and Trio

For the wedding procession you may choose one of:

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Deam

Jeremiah Clark: Prince of Denmark’s March (Trumpet Voluntary)

G.F. Handel: Horn Pipe

John Stanley: Trumpet Tune

Henry Purcell: Trumpet Tune in D

C.S. Lang: Tuba Tune

Andre Campra: Rigaudon

G.F. Handel: Minuet and Trio

During the signing of the registers you may have the choir sing one of:

John Rutter: All things bright and beautiful

Cesar Franck: Panis Angelicus

J.S. Bach, arr. Gounod: Ave Maria

J.S. Bach: Jesu, joy of man’s desiring

Or have the organist plays one of the other organ pieces. A CD of this music is available at the Information Session mentioned above  The Director of Music and the Organist can be contacted through the Cathedral.