St. Luke’s historic stone building is a wonderful place for a wedding, and our members are proud to share it with you on your big day, following these principles:
This parish believes you ought to be married where you regularly attend church. If you don’t attend any congregation, we’d be happy to host your wedding, and hope that you will join us for worship on a regular basis, both before and after your wedding. If you live far from Winnipeg, we will do everything we can to accommodate you, and work with the church near your home in preparation for your exchange of vows here at St. Luke’s.
The Anglican Church of Canada has certain requirements: you are asked to give us at least sixty days’ notice, for example, and enter into careful pre-marital preparation, usually with the priest who will preside at your wedding. As well, both of you should be baptized Christians. If one is not, we need to seek permission from the Bishop before we can hold the wedding. Finally, if either of you was married before, there are certain additional steps to take during the preparatory process. At your first interview with the presiding priest, all of this will be discussed at some depth.
A wedding ceremony is an act of worship, and thus your wedding should have the same “look and feel” as our Sunday morning services (if you visit us on a Sunday, you will get a sense of what this means). We use standard Anglican services books, and the wording of the marriage vows are set there. All “readings” at your ceremony are to be from the Bible. Finally, our organist is responsible for music at your wedding, and must give consent if you would like a soloist or a string quartet or a harpist, or perhaps another organist. Before the wedding, our organist will meet with you to choose the music.
For more detail, here are a few links you may wish to follow:
(You may need to obtain Adobe Reader to read and print the items identified as a “.pdf file.”)
page updated: December 9, 2009