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#1 tnt3103

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 03:49 PM

Hi,
I'm getting married on 31st March 2007 and am thinking of getting married at St Marys Cathedral in sydney.
We are both catholic but do not go to church very often.

Has anyone gotten married there before and can you please tell me of your experiences with the church.

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 04:26 PM

I love St Marys - it is such a beautiful church!

Personally I think it is a little too big for a normal size wedding.

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 04:28 PM

i went to littleleisa's wedding there - it was fantastic. you should look up her wedding story and photos in the newlywed section!

you have to bring your own priest though!
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Posted 07 December 2005 - 04:41 PM

I haven't been to a wedding there but from all the photos i've seen it's gorgeous!
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Posted 07 December 2005 - 04:57 PM

With St Mary's I always thought that you didn't use the main alter/aisle as it's so huge but there are smaller sections of the church that you use? Is that right?

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 05:01 PM

QUOTE (PrimaBella @ Dec 7 2005, 04:57 PM)
With St Mary's I always thought that you didn't use the main alter/aisle as it's so huge but there are smaller sections of the church that you use? Is that right?

there may be others you can use, but when i was there, i chatted to the church volunteers, and they said about 99% of the brides use the big entrance and big aisle.
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Posted 07 December 2005 - 06:14 PM

Tam is so right (thanks Tammles) for all things St Mary's I can certainly try to help...

St Mary's cost us $500 for the use of the main church (with $100 additional deposit that isn't refunded if you kill the pigeons with rice or something - a 'leave no mess bond' basically). For comparisons sake; St Josephs - a small local church in the Eastern Suburbs - is $500 as well).

They only do weddings on Saturdays and by request on weekdays. Ceremony times are 10am, 2pm & 4pm (we went for the 4pm as we didn't want guests to wait too long before the reception). The catch with St Mary's though is that there isn't a wait list but it is first in/first served; so try to get in quick.

If you manage to secure your date - you have the choice of 2 alters. The main alter (which is fine for 70+ weddings like ours) or "behind the main alter" which is more suitable for anything under. To me though it's no point getting married in such a magnificent church if you don't use the main alter. There are plenty of 'extras' roaming around the place to fill it up - including the paparazzi at the back of tourists awestruck that they managed to visit the church on the day of an actual wedding.

NB: There is also The Crypt which you can marry in (beneath the cathedral but I am not entirely sure of all the details for this).

You have to use the St Mary's organist (Peter Kneeshaw) so budget $250 for him too. No other organist is allowed to play their magestic organ but I'm sure you could bring your own singer/guitarist etc. like we did for our register signing song (as long as they play something classical or religous - although I sweet talked him into a "traditional" song which he promised to pretend he knew nothing about). St Mary's is rather strict - so just set yourself up for some rules and you won't be dissapointed.

Definitely 100% recommend this church - just the other day I was visiting a client on the 17th floor of their office with a view down to St Mary's that took my breath away. You'll make it "your church" and will be able to enjoy it for so much longer than just the day of your ceremony.

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Posted 09 December 2005 - 06:05 PM

All I can say is get in quick! It was already booked when we started enquiring for our wedding, around 15 months beforehand!!
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Posted 09 December 2005 - 09:42 PM

Hi Leisa,
Did you already have a priest who was willing to go to St Mary's and perform the ceremony?
How long did the ceremony last for?
Did you find the church too dark?
How may floral arrangement did you have yo have?
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Posted 10 December 2005 - 09:15 PM

Did you already have a priest who was willing to go to St Mary's and perform the ceremony?

No and we were not from the same Parish either, so we definitely had to "BYO" Priest. We were having difficulty finding a priest who would marry outside of their own Parish, so called St Mary's who gave us 3 recommendations. I can give you the details for our priest if you like. We consider him a good friend now, he truely is wonderful.

How long did the ceremony last for?

4-5pm (excluded Mass but I was also about 20 minutes late).

Did you find the church too dark?

Not at all. A storm had just passed before our ceremony and the light from outside still lit up the cathedral.

How may floral arrangement did you have yo have?

None. They would have been a waste of money. The Cathedral itself is decoration enough. We did have 10 ivory satin pew bows attached to every second row of the first 5 pews though - so that the ushers could instruct where our guests could sit and to make it obvious where tourists couldn't. We got these from Romeos Chair (advertisers here on i-do).

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Posted 12 December 2005 - 03:03 PM

Hi Leisa,
Thank you very much for the information you gave me. I would love to get the details of your priest. He sounds lovely.

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Posted 12 December 2005 - 03:20 PM

The marble crypt at St Mary's is a gorgeous, gorgeous option for a smaller wedding. It costs $500. I went to a wedding there recently and it was so intimate and beautiful.

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Posted 12 December 2005 - 09:27 PM

I don't know what the inside looks like but the outside is stunning! I'd get married there in a heartbeat if we were religiously inclined in that way...

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Posted 13 December 2005 - 12:19 PM

QUOTE (tnt3103 @ Dec 12 2005, 03:03 PM)
Hi Leisa,
Thank you very much for the information you gave me. I would love to get the details of your priest. He sounds lovely.

Trinh

No worries - and I'll send you a private message with our priests details (if you haven't used this feature before, just click on the new messages link at the top if this page)...

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Posted 13 December 2005 - 12:20 PM

QUOTE (empress @ Dec 12 2005, 09:27 PM)
I don't know what the inside looks like

the inside ... tongue.gif (this is a good photo for you too Trinh, it shows what the light was like inside during our ceremony).

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