All marriages need to be booked by appointment only after meeting with the parish priest via the Parish Office.

Below are the guidelines for booking the Parish church.

Marriages at St Mary’s Church Thornbury and St. Joseph’s Northcote

St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Parish offer the Sacrament of marriage to parishioners who wish to use the parish church.

People outside the parish are welcome to use the church; however, they must arrange their own priest to celebrate the wedding.

At least six-month prior notice is required.

For details, contact the parish office on 9484 2907 from 9 am to 2 pm Wednesdays and Thursdays. St. Joseph’s Parish on 9489 8008 from 9 am-2 pm Tuesdays and Fridays.

All couples are encouraged to do the pre-nuptial preparation program.

The latest time for commencing a Saturday or Sunday wedding is 3.30 pm. Weekday weddings are available after 10 am.

  • Flowers: If flowers are desired couples are responsible for ordering and having flower arrangements delivered. 2 large and 2 small arrangements are necessary.
  • Music: Couples are reminded that the church celebrates the sacrament of marriage, thus the music should reflect the liturgy. Secular music is not suitable.
  • Organ: The church has a very fine organ and is available to be played by a competent organist at St. Mary’s only.
  • Audio: Data projector (with VGA input to laptop) is available with your own laptop at St. Mary’s only.
  • Bells: Electronic church bells are available at the commencement and conclusion of the wedding ceremony at St. Mary’s only.

Please note no confetti, flowers, rice or other such material is allowed to be thrown inside or outside the church.

Completion of all forms and documents, required by the Church and State, is the responsibility of the officiating priest. All church documents remain at St Mary’s and St. Joseph’s church respectively.

FEES: The fee for hiring the church is $600 payable on booking.

Offering for the Celebrant is $350 (or as arranged with the visiting celebrant.) payable at rehearsal or prior to the wedding.


Cheques should be made payable to:

St Mary’s Parish Thornbury.

Postal address:

St Mary’s Parish
P.O.Box 1010
Thornbury Vic 3071

Or Bank transfer to:

St Mary’s Parish Thornbury.
BSB: 083- 347 A/c No. 557931064

Ref. Wedding + (your surname)

Please email a copy of your receipt to:


Cheques should be made payable to:

St Joseph’s Parish Northcote

Postal address:

St Joseph’s Parish
140 Westbourne Grove
Northcote. Vic 3070

Or Bank transfer to:

St Joseph’s Northcote
BSB: 083-347 A/C No. 663182650

Ref: Wedding + (your surname)

Please email a copy of your receipt to: