Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why marry at St. Mark's?
St Mark’s, Niagara-on-the-Lake, is a unique venue for your wedding that offers a host of benefits that are of value to couples searching for a church wedding in a beautiful and historic venue in the Niagara region.
For those couples who seek to have a spiritual dimension to their marriage, a wedding at St Mark’s allows the bride and groom to look to God to bless and guide their marriage.
You can make vows or promises in St Mark’s Church, which will help you to stay together and grow together. God and your Church are there for you to help you keep your vows.
The Rector has a very particular role to play in your wedding, blending tradition and modern experience to reflect the life of the bride and groom to make the ceremony personal, memorable, meaningful and beautiful.
St Mark’s Church is historic and beautiful and provides the ideal wedding venue. You can feel you’re becoming part of history itself.
You can be involved in personalizing your ceremony and involving the bridesmaids, groomsmen, family and friends with help from St Mark’s staff.
Churches provide a peace and serenity that makes marrying there a particularly special experience.
We look forward to helping you organize your perfect wedding at St Mark’s.
Q. I would like to be married at St. Mark's. How do I go about it?
A. Please contact Roxanne, our Parish Administrator, in the office either by telephone: 905-468-3123 or by emailing to: firstname.lastname@example.org. She will then check the date and time you wish to be married and send you forms to complete. Once we receive the forms back and they are approved by the Rector, a deposit should be given and this will confirm the date and time of the wedding.
Q. We are not Anglican. Can we still be married at St. Mark’s?
A. Providing at least one of the couple is Christian, then yes you can be married here.
Q. We do not live in Canada. Does that make a difference?
A. Generally no, it does not matter. You must however obtain a marriage licence for the Province of Ontario. Due to border security, sometimes couples may encounter problems with Customs when returning home. It is not likely that this will happen, but if you are concerned, you can have a “civil ceremony” in your home country . Your “Church” ceremony here for the benefit of your guests, will be the same as any other.
Q. We would like to have our marriage at another location (e.g. Queen’s Landing, the Park, etc). Can we do that?
A. The Rector does not normally conduct wedding ceremonies “off site”. This is for a variety of reasons, the main ones being:
i. Marriage is a Holy ceremony and should be conducted in the Church
ii. Logistics preclude taking the ceremony elsewhere
iii. There are often many disruptions at a “public” venue that distract from the solemn ceremony (ex: tourists walking around, taking pictures etc…)
Q. Can I be married at St. Mark’s on a Sunday?
A. No, we do not perform weddings on Sundays at all - no exceptions.
Q. What is the cost of a wedding at St. Mark’s?
A. The fee for 2019/2020 ranges from $1300.00 - $1800.00 (including HST), depending on whether you will be having a reception at St. Mark’s following the service. The fee includes the services of the Rector, Organist, Altar Guild, bells to be rung following the service, Church fee, administration, reception in Addison Hall (if applicable), and the use of Addison Hall for washroom facilities and waiting area for the Bridal party. This fee does not include floral decor or the wedding license.
If you wish to engage a vocalist, this can be arranged through our Music Director, James Bourne.
Q. How many people will the church accommodate?
A. 225 comfortably.
Q. Is there parking on the premises?
A. There is no parking within the gates. Parking is on the street. However, vehicles are allowed to drive in to drop off the wedding party and to pick them up after the ceremony, but cannot remain on the property while the service is taking place.
Q. Can we donate our flowers to the Church after our wedding?
Yes, this would be greatly appreciated. You may donate your flowers to be displayed on the altar during the Service. In our Sunday Bulletin, we will mention that you provided the altar flowers that week as a celebration gift of your wedding.