GUIDELINES FOR WEDDINGS AT MIRANDA CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (MCC)
CEREMONIES AT MCC
In order to have a wedding ceremony at MCC, it is necessary that the marriage should take place according to the rites of the Congregational Church (Religious Act) or the rights of the Marriage Act 1961 (Civil Act). The requirements for the celebration of a religious marriage may differ from those of the civil law. At MCC, both religious and civil marriages are conducted.
PASTOR OR CIVIL CELEBRANT
Those from outside MCC can supply their own Pastor/Celebrant who must possess the appropriate qualifications. For those couples wanting to use a Pastor from MCC, they should first contact the Church Office who will guide them through the process of preparation and will be responsible for all the required Church and Government documentation. The Letter of Permission and/or Acceptance from the Church confirming availability for the chosen date and time needs to be presented to secure the booking.
Couples will need to give to the officiating Pastor/Celebrant at least 3 months' notice of their wedding. If you have difficulty finding a Pastor or Celebrant to celebrate your wedding, please contact the Church Office.
Documents will need to include a full copy of Certificate of Birth or Passport. A current non-Australian Passport or Certificate of Birth will suffice from those born overseas (must be officially translated into English). All other documentation will be provided by the Church.
The form of the wedding ceremony will be decided in discussion with the Pastor/Celebrant.
PRE-MARRIAGE EDUCATION COURSES
These are recommended by both the Church and Government, and should be discussed with your Celebrant as soon as possible.
Proper spiritual preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony is important and your Pastor/Celebrant will assist you with this.
BOOKINGS FOR WEDDINGS
A proposed time and date for the wedding should be provided to the Church office at the time of contact and the office will be in contact with you shortly after to confirm availability and details. MCC is available for weddings on Saturdays and weekdays. There are no weddings on Sundays. A booking form will be made available upon request being confirmed.
SCHEDULE OF CHARGES
For MCC members there are no charges.
For non-MCC members, the following charges apply:
$200 for the hire of the auditorium, including instruments, tables, and chairs;
$150 cleaning fee; and
$150 audio operator (optional).
Video charges are negotiated with the relevant professional operator.
Offerings for the Pastor/Celebrant: It is usual to make an offering to the Pastor/Celebrant who celebrates the wedding. Please note this offering is not including in the MCC wedding fee.
Fees are to be paid no later than seven (7) days prior to the wedding via direct deposit to the MCC bank account:
BSB: 062 204
Account: 0090 3470
Wedding rehearsals are permitted pending availability of the premises in negotiation with the church office and celebrant.
Parking is available on site with a maximum space for 30 cars. There is a designated space for disabled and wedding cars.
We regret that the throwing of confetti, rice, flower petals, etc., is not permitted within MCC or on the property. Flowers, chair decorations, candles, doves, balloons, photography, and drones are permitted in consultation with the Pastor/Celebrant. The couple may use their own musicians and singers.
COLLECTION OF INFORMATION
We collect and store your personal information (including your name, contact details, demographic information (such as age and occupation), financial information (such as bank and credit card details), identification documents, photographs of you, and information in relation to your birth and marriage) so that we can: contact you in relation to your inquiries, and book and make arrangements for your wedding at MCC. We generally collect personal information directly from you via our website, or when you otherwise contact and correspond with us (e.g. over the phone, via email, or in person). If you do not provide us with the personal information requested, we may not be able to provide you with services or accept donations from you to the extent that they require us to collect, use, or disclose personal information. We will only disclose your information in accordance with this Collection Notice, or with your express permission, or where we are required or authorised to do so by Australian law (including the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997).
ACCEPTANCE OF THE WEDDING GUIDELINES AT MCC
We agree to comply with these Guidelines for Weddings at MCC (Guidelines) otherwise this will affect our wedding on the day in accordance with all the preceding information provided. We agree to provide a copy of the Guidelines to third parties assisting us with our wedding (e.g. wedding planners, florists, photographers, videographers, hire cars, etc.). We undertake to rectify any damage we, our guests, or our consultants cause at MCC associated with our wedding.