Riverview Church

Getting Married at Riverview

Two people are better off than one because they can help each other succeed.

If one person falls the other can reach out and help, but someone who falls alone is in real trouble.

Likewise two people lying close together can keep each other warm, but how can one be warm alone?

A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 (NLT)

A Practical Guide to Marriage at Riverview

CONGRATULATIONS

Getting married is one of the greatest and most life-changing decisions one can make, so we would like to congratulate you on your engagement and commitment to share your lives together in marriage.

At Riverview Church we consider marriage to be one of the closest human relationships that exists and one that reflects the love relationship between Christ and the Church. Consequently we consider it a pleasure and a privilege to play a part in helping you prepare for your big day.

Riverview Church Wedding Celebrants aim to assist you in planning and preparing for your wedding ceremony and more importantly, your marriage, giving your relationship, as husband and wife, the best possible start.

We trust this brochure will assist in working with your Celebrant to create your uniquely tailored wedding ceremony.

God bless you as you plan together for your future.

The Process

In order to be married at Riverview you will need to complete the following steps:

1. Book Your Celebrant:

Please click on the link and complete the form to begin your enquiry about marriage with Riverview.

Once confirmed, your Celebrant will arrange to meet with you and guide you through the necessary steps and processes to prepare for your marriage.

The most important form for you to complete is the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM). This form must be completed and signed at least one month before the wedding ceremony. The wedding cannot go ahead without this form. Your celebrant will send you a copy to complete and then it must be signed by you in front of either the celebrant or a person listed on the form as having the authority to witness your signatures.

2. Book Your Pre-Marriage Course

It is a requirement that as a couple you complete the pre-marriage program Prepare/Enrich before a Riverview Celebrant is able to marry you. This program may be done through Riverview or through another agency. 

Prepare/Enrich is an internationally recognized program and a valuable resource to help you identify both strengths and growth areas in your relationship, and give you further tools to enhance your communication skills. 

Your Celebrant will be able to facilitate the course for you or refer you to another qualified Prepare/Enrich facilitator on staff at Riverview Church.

You may also wish to use another organization who run Prepare/Enrich, such as Anglicare WA (9263 2050) or Relationship Australia (1300 364 277).

You may also wish to choose a Marriage Celebrant outside Riverview but still conduct your Prepare/Enrich program through a Riverview facilitator.

3. Selecting your Option

The current costs of the various options are as follows;

  • For Prepare/Enrich only, $250
  • For Celebrant only, $500
  • For Prepare/Enrich + Celebrant $600

Extra charges will apply; 

  • If the distance travelled by the celebrant is outside a 30 km radius of Riverview Church, (Joondalup in the north, Mundaring in the east and Medina in the south) then the charge will be 66c per km for any km more than 30 km, for both the rehearsal and the ceremony.
  • If the celebrant is required to stay overnight because of the distance involved, then the cost of the stay will be added.

If one of the couple is a Riverview Church volunteer, currently volunteering, then there will be a discount of 15% of the total cost.

Making Your Payment

Whichever option you choose, total payment is due within 14 days of the receipt of your invoice. If, for whatever reason, the wedding does not go ahead a service fee of 15% will be deducted from your total refund.

Payments are made by following the EFT directions on your invoice. 

4. Meet with your chosen Celebrant:

Your Riverview Celebrant will meet with you to help you complete the required paperwork for your marriage, to organize to register you for Prepare/Enrich, and to help you organize your wedding ceremony. Usually there will be a number of meetings to finalise these aspects of your marriage.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is it normal for the celebrant to be invited to the reception?

  • No. While you may wish to do this because the celebrant is also a friend, there is no expectation on the part of the celebrant for an invitation to the reception. Not attending is the default position.

Do the couple have to attend Riverview Church in order to use a Riverview Celebrant?

  • No. However because the marriage is being enacted under the Rites of Riverview Church, there are requirements that must be met in regards to wording that is used for the ceremony to take place. A Riverview Celebrant will discuss these with you.

How much flexibility is there in the wording within the ceremony?

There are 3 areas that have some requirements in them;

  • The Charge – This is traditionally the “Do you take … to be your ….” Statement. While this may be varied to some degree the questions still require an “I do and/or I will” answers.
  • The Vows – These may vary considerably but need to be a statement of promise from the partners to each other and must include the idea of a lifetime commitment.
  • The Pronouncement of Marriage – Must be “Name of Bride and Groom because of the exchange of this/these ring/s and your vows to each other today it gives me, as a Pastor of Riverview Church, great pleasure to pronounce you husband and wife”
  • The Presentation – This is the wording for when the couple is presented to the gathering after the documents have been signed. This is the couple’s choice.
  • The celebrant must also declare their legal right to conduct the marriage and give Riverview’s definition of marriage.

Are we able to choose from the list of staff celebrants?

  • Yes you are, though, be aware that availability of the celebrant needs to be taken into account.

Are we able to use Riverview Church building for our ceremony?

  • No, the Church building is not available for wedding ceremonies.

Can the celebrant supply a sound system?

  • Yes, we do have a sound system that is used for wedding ceremonies. It includes wireless microphones and line-in and line-out connections for playing music. The system is AC powered and battery powered.
  • This is available at no extra cost.

After the Wedding

Your wedding day is only the beginning of a life long journey with the person you marry and all successful marriages require regular investment and care. We encourage you to make use of the following opportunities to enrich and strengthen your marriage at regular intervals throughout your life together.

Community:

One of the most important aspects of being newly marriage is connection with others who are in a similar time. Riverview has a number of Connect Groups consisting of married couples. Speak to the Connect Team for more information.

Devoted:

The Devoted course offered by Riverview Church covers many different topics, all designed to help you and your partner to improve your marriage. 

Devoted is run at least twice at Riverview each year. Keep watch for the dates.

Guidance and Counselling:

Recognising that marriage is something that needs continual input Riverview Care staff are available to discuss with you as a couple or as individuals, any concerns or areas within you marriage with which you may need some guidance and wisdom.

Riverview also has a list of preferred professional counsellors to whom we can refer you for more in-depth discussions.