St. Luke’s church building is a beautiful place to be married. If you are considering being married in our – church, some conditions apply.
The following is an excerpt from a document that our parish priest provides for non-members.
Please contact us to discuss your particular situation.
- To be married in the Church, at least one of the bride and groom must be a baptized Christian.
- I am not generally able to perform weddings for non-members where either (or – both) the man and woman have been divorced and the former spouse is still living.
- Any weddings performed in the church are subject to my availability. We have many inquiries from people who simply want to rent the building and bring in another minister or a marriage commissioner to perform the wedding. This is not however a service that we offer. The church’s policy is that I have to be responsible for all weddings in our church building.
The following are considerations for both members and non-members:
- The Canons of the Church (laws) require that I be be given at least 60 days notice to perform a wedding.
- Normally, the wedding will take place inside a consecrated Church building. Outdoor weddings are possible, but in order to perform one I need the permission of my Bishop, and in order to get that I need a very good reason for having for having the wedding outside of the Church building. A place being “special” to a couple is not normally a sufficient reason to have the wedding outdoors.
- The couple will be required to take a marriage preparation course. The one I refer people to is done through Family Services of Central Alberta. They have several course opportunities throughout the winter and spring, and it would normally involve a commitment of a Friday evening and Saturday (all day). The cost of the course is $210 per couple. The sooner you register, the better the choices for dates. You can can go directly to the course information page using this link: Beginnings
- In addition to the marriage preparation course, the couple would also have to meet with me at least 2 or 3 times in the months prior to the wedding.
- There is seating for approximately 150 in the church. This is determined by the fire department, not us.
- I do not have authority to preside at same-sex weddings.