Ordinarily St Clements clergy perform all weddings here. While we cannot guarantee that a specific clergy person will officiate at your wedding, we can guarantee that based on availability and the information you provide in your initial application a minister will be assigned to support you. Within the service, participation by clergy or musicians from outside St Clements is limited to a number of specific roles, subject to direction by the officiating minister. St Clements reserves the right to choose what participation is appropriate.
Arrangements for the music are in the hands of the Director of Music, Daniel Webb (firstname.lastname@example.org). He will be very happy to meet with you in person as you begin to plan the music for your ceremony and can advise on hymns and suitable music for various points in the service. In advance of such a meeting, you may like to consider whether you have any particular preferences for music:
- to occupy the twenty minutes or so before the service begins when most guests have assembled
- for the procession of the Bride (and bridesmaids)
- for the signing of the register
- for the final procession at the end of the service
This is your ceremony and you should not be afraid to request music that is meaningful to you. The Director of Music will do his utmost to accommodate all reasonable requests, though you should be aware that fees may increase if significant amounts of practice time learning new repertoire is required.
Music is usually provided on the organ, with the Director of Music Daniel Webb playing, though there is also the option to use the grand piano, and / or to involve other musicians. Daniel is very happy to arrange for singers or other instrumentalists to join him; fees for individual extra musicians will be in the range of $125 – $175 per person, and requests for extra musicians should be made as early as possible in the planning process. Some couples wish to include friends and family as guest musicians and this is very much encouraged. We ask you to remember that responsibility for music in the church lies with our own Director of Music, whose fee is payable in any event, and that he should be consulted about all matters to do with music.
St Clements will help you prepare a wedding program based on The Book of Common Prayer and The Book of Alternative Services. Some couples want to provide a wedding program for those who attend their wedding, and we’re happy to help with planning and production of a simple bulletin for you. We’re able to provide 250 black and white bulletins; colour bulletins or more than 250 are available at an additional cost by arrangement with Julianna Buck.
As part of our service to you, we coordinate the flowers for the High Altar for the Sunday services with you as much as possible. You’re welcome to bring in additional flower arrangements,and / or pew decorations at your expense. These belong to you and must be taken with you for your Reception.
As a consideration for other weddings that may be scheduled after yours, and so your ceremony can start on time, we recommend the following schedule
Ushers arrive at the church 45 minutes before the service
Groom and Best Man arrive 30 minutes before
Bridal Party arrives 30 minutes before
The Chief Custodian will be on hand to provide assistance where required.
In consideration of the church property, please ensure no confetti, rice, flower petals or birdseed are thrown either in or about the church facilities.
Photographs and video are a welcome way to preserve special memories of your wedding. We must ask you to remind your photographer and guests to respect this sacred space, and the dignity of the service, by not taking flash pictures during the actual ceremony. Guests may take photos during the Processional, Recessional, and the Signing of the Registers.
Because of their many commitments, the clergy do not expect to be invited to your reception.