Weddings

weddingHOLY MATRIMONY

We are happy to receive enquiries about weddings in St Peter’s from both members and non-members of our congregation.  If either the bride or groom is a regular member of another church, then their own minister or priest is welcome to be involved in the ceremony.  We can accommodate weddings for couples from other Christin churches who simply wish to use St Peter’s as a venue. And we can also marry divorced couples, providing that permission is sought from the Bishop.

St Peter’s Church is a beautiful and atmospheric building, with seats for 175 people, providing the perfect setting for an intimate and romantic wedding ceremony. It is located on a main arterial road which stretches from Belfast city centre out to Antrim, and it is close to a motorway junction that facilitates travel in all directions. It is in a good location for travel from the International Airport, the City Airport, and Belfast Harbour. The Church is also close to Belfast Castle and right beside the Lansdowne Hotel, both of which host wedding receptions.

There is a fee of £340 for a wedding ceremony in St Peter’s. However, if you or your parents are members of our congregation, and make a financial contribution to parish funds, then the cost of the wedding can be reduced (or even waived entirely) according to your or their recorded Free Will Offering contribution to the parish over the course of the year prior to the date of the wedding. However, If you or your parents are not members of our congregation, and do not subscribe to parish funds, then the fee is £340. There are additional fees for the Officiant (£60 for Monday-Friday, or £100 for Saturday/Sunday), and for the Organist if required (£100).  However, the maximum cost for a wedding in St Peter’s, including Officiant and Organist, is set at £500.

The Rector will be pleased to meet you to discuss the legal and practical issues of having your marriage ceremony in St Peter’s. You can either email the Rev’d Brian Lacey at brianlacey@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 02890 777053 and he will arrange a time to meet you in the church.

For more information about weddings please read the following information leaflets:

Wedding information 1 – General Guidance

Wedding Information 2 – Your Wedding 

Wedding Information 3 – Bible Readings


BLESSING AFTER A CIVIL WEDDING

If you and your spouse married in a non-religious ceremony led by a civil registrar, you may have your marriage dedicated to God in a separate ceremony held in St Peter’s.  This service is officially called a “Dedication after a Civil Marriage”, but less formally we refer to it as a Blessing.

Some parts of the service are similar to a wedding ceremony, insofar as there are Bible readings, prayers, and a renewal of Vows. There may be hymns and also Holy Communion if you wish.  However, please note that this is not a repeat of the wedding ceremony. You and your spouse enter the church together, and although your wedding rings may be blessed, they are not given or received during the course of the service.

It is also important to note that this service cannot be used instead of a wedding ceremony. A Blessing is only available to a man and woman who are already married.

There is normally a small fee for both the Officiant and Organist (if required). Please contact the Rector for more information.


RENEWAL OF MARRIAGE VOWS

If you and your spouse would like to renew your wedding vows, either to celebrate a reconciliation following separation, or simply as a declaration of your renewed commitment to each other on a significant anniversary milestone, then please contact the Rector.

The service consists of a Bible readings, prayers, the blessing of rings, and a renewal of vows. There can also be hymns and Holy Communion if you wish.

There is normally a small fee for both the Officiant and Organist (if required). Please contact the Rector for more information.