We are delighted that you are considering St Mary’s Cathedral as the venue for your Wedding Ceremony. This beautiful building is an icon of the City of Perth and very much visited by people from all over Australia and the world. You, your family and guests are most welcome.
Criteria For Being Married In The Cathedral
To be married in the Cathedral the following criteria are essential:
- at least one party must be a Catholic.
- both parties should be 18 years of age or over.
- both parties should not have been married previously. If married previously, a Letter of Freedom or evidence of a Catholic Church Annulment is required.
Notice of Marriage
The Cathedral normally requires between six (6) months and eighteen (18) months’ notice before your Wedding Ceremony is to be celebrated.
Any Catholic bishop, priest or deacon registered as a authorised minister of religion in the Archdiocese of Perth or another diocese of Australia may assist. Please include the celebrant’s name and address on your agreement form. The priest or deacon must have the faculties of the Archdiocese and may need a Working With Children Card in accord with state legislation.
You may invite your own parish priest or priest friend to officiate. Alternatively, one of the Cathedral priests may be available to assist at your Wedding.
Your marriage celebrant acts on behalf of the Commonwealth and the church and is responsible for the documentation required for the wedding.
Ceremony or Nuptial Mass?
This is a faith issue which you should discuss with your Celebrant before making a final decision.
Marriage Preparation Programs
In addition to the preparation a couple does with their minister, they will need to undertake a course approved by the Archdiocese of Perth. The Centre for Life, Marriage and Family provides these. Visit their website: clmf.org.au
Fees and other information
Please contact the Cathedral office to request a booklet with current information before you make a booking. You can contact the Cathedral Office on 9223 1352, Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm.
Bookings are only accepted from the Bride or the Groom.
Thank you for considering St Mary’s Cathedral for your Wedding and we wish you well with your preparations for your marriage.