St Matthew-in-the-City is an Anglican Church that is accepting and inclusive of people of varied faiths and backgrounds.
We are delighted when any couple wishes to pledge their love, trust, and fidelity to each other before God and in the presence of their friends and family.
The clergy at St Matthew's are here to help you plan a service that reflects you and your partner's dreams, vision and values.
Check our Parish Calendar for the availability of dates you have in mind. Note that we are not able to share every single activity in the calendar such as rehearsals or building maintenance. It is advisable to give us a call Monday-Friday 10am-4pm (09) 281 4893 if you have any doubts.
We do not conduct wedding ceremonies during Holy Week (the week before Easter) (10 April – 18 April 2022), or during three weeks after Christmas (24 December 2021 – 9 January 2022, 24 December 2022 – 8 January 2023), or on public holidays.
Please fill out the Request a Wedding Date form.
We recommend you confirm your booking as soon as possible because there can often be several requests for the same day and time. A non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of $400 will confirm the date and time of your booking. The remaining outstanding balance is due to be paid within 7 days before the wedding day.
In the event of financial hardship please contact our Vicar.
Our organist is available to play at your ceremony, usually the Processional (bride walking down the aisle), during the Signing of the Register, and the Recessional (the bridal couple leaving the church). You may listen to the samples from the list of suggested Traditional Wedding Music.
You are also welcome to have your own singers, musicians / band.
You can use our grand piano for a fee. Use of our upright piano is free of charge.
Our sound system can play music from a CD or any electronic device.
Nevertheless nothing is as enjoyable as live music.
Format of Service
To help you begin to think about your ceremony we offer A New Zealand Prayer Book which contains three versions of the marriage service. All three services can be adapted if you wish and you can mix and match sections from each as you prefer. If you choose to write your own service, the prayer book services are a useful outline for what needs to be in it.
Other things to think about for the service include readings and music, and who you would like to participate. Secular and religious readings are frequently used during the ceremony. There are ways to personalise even the most traditional service. Other traditions have become popular such as the lighting of a Unity Candle.
The church can accommodate smaller and larger weddings. There is seating for up to 170 in the pews, and additional chairs available. The largest number the church can seat is 460 using the pews, free standing chairs and the gallery seating.
Please note that some additional seats will have a restricted view due to a number of structural pillars in the church.
St Matthew’s is home to the only peal of bells (8 bellringers) in Auckland, and features the tallest bell tower in the North Island. The bells add a unique dimension to your wedding at St Matthew’s. Make the most of the location and recruit the church's bell ringers to announce your union with the echoing chime of church bells.
Click here to listen to our bell ringers.
We are able to livestream and record the service, via OneRoom streaming service. We provide a link, which can be shared with as many friends and family anywhere in the world as you wish. There is a single fixed camera facing the front of the church.
Parking is available in the pay and display building and open area next door to St Matthew’s. A few yellow marked church parking spaces adjacent to the church may be available for immediate family.
We have a small serving kitchen at the church – it is not suitable for cooking on site. We strongly recommend that commercial caterers be arranged if possible. We can recommend preferred caterers who are familiar with the church and our setup. You may engage your own caterers, but it is important to note that they need to bring in all supplies and clean up and remove all rubbish after the service.
We have several fold up tables which are suitable for catering needs. The area in the south aisle of the church, near the kitchen, is used for serving refreshments.
Our team of volunteer bell ringers may be available to ring, or to toll a single bell prior to or following a funeral. Please enquire if you would like to organise bell ringers – note that this is subject to availability. There is a donation payable to the Bellringers Society for their services.
Sound / Video
We have a sound system and microphones. Music can be played through our sound system from a CD or from any electronic device. We suggest any music to be played is also held on a backup device, in case of battery failure or system incompatibility.
We can provide a large flower arrangement at the pulpit.
You may bring in additional flowers. You are also welcome to bring in your own ribbons or flowers to tie to the ends of the pews (please do not tape, glue or pin to the wood).
We do not allow confetti (rice, paper bombs etc) of any type inside or outside the church.
Fresh or dried rose petals are an acceptable alternative for confetti.
Helium balloons may not be used inside the church.
Please arrange for any decoration (including petals), boxes, discarded material including hymn sheets to be removed at the end of the ceremony.
Costs (GST inclusive)
Wedding fee: $1,390.00 covers
* Use of the church for 100 minutes on the day
(40 minutes for guests to arrive and decoration + 60 minutes for the ceremony and clean up);
* Service of our Clergy, Organist and Verger (supervisor);
* Up to one-hour rehearsal during Office hours (Monday-Friday 10am-5pm);
* Use of the sound system (including CD player, AUX cable to connect your own device, up to five microphones);
* Use of an up-right piano;
* Unity Candle;
* In-house heating during cold months;
* Administrative cost.
Bells (up to 20 minutes at the conclusion of the ceremony;
it is a part of your 1-hour ceremony) $260
Additional time (subject to availability) 30 minutes: $145
1 hour: $290
Rehearsal after Office hours (subject to availability) $100
Use of Grand Piano (tuning not included) $345