As the principal church of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, St Stehpen’s Chapel is a place of special significance.
Weddings at the Chapel are conducted in accordance to the rites and teachings of the Catholic Church. The Catholic minister who will carry out your wedding will help you every step of the way to know what is required in more depth.
There are couple of important requirements for using St Stephen’s Chapel as a wedding ceremony venue:
- One partner must be a baptised Catholic
- If either partner has been previously married and divorced they will require a declaration of freedom to marry from an ecclesiastical tribunal of the Catholic Church.
- Pre-marriage education will also be required. This course is conducted by Centacare (Catholic Family and Community Services). Further information on the pre-marriage education program is available on Centacare’s website: www.centacarebrisbane.net.au or telephone 3252 4371.
Weddings can be celebrated during the week, Saturday or on a Sunday afternoon. There are a couple of dates that you cannot have your wedding at this venue:
- Sundays during Lent,
- Holy Week,
- Easter weekend (which includes Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday)
- Christmas Eve or Christmas Day
- Anzac Day; and
- Other public holidays throughout the year.
On a Saturday these are the times you are permitted to hold your wedding ceremony:
St Stephen’s Chapel
- 11.30 am Every Saturday of the month
- 4.30 pm Every Saturday of the month
You can enquire with the Wedding Coordinator, to learn more about times other on Saturday, and availability.
The Cathedral Sacristan (staff charged to look after the Chapel) will be in attendance on the day and can help with any last minute questions. To secure your booking a deposit of 50% of the full cost is payable at the time of the booking. You can contact the Wedding Coordinator for the total costs payable.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a wedding cost at St Stephen’s Chapel?
Costs can vary but expect to pay more than $20 per person for the 1.5-hour booking. It is best to contact the venue for full and up to date details.
How many guests can we have?
Up to 90 (seated) approximately
What kind of wedding theme or style best suits St Stephen’s Chapel?
This venue is specifically designed for a traditional Catholic wedding ceremony, Civil celebrants aren’t allowed to conduct marriage activities in this chapel
What is the address?
The Chapel is located at 249 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000 as part of the Cathedral of St Stephen. The Chapel is in the center of Brisbane and is a perfect location if you are intending to keep your wedding in the Brisbane CBD
Can we have our wedding ceremony in St Stephen’s Chapel?
Absolutely! The ceremony takes place inside the chapel, and there are 80 minutes allowed for the ceremony within your booking. There are a couple of spots outside of the chapel to take photos.
Can we have our wedding reception here?
Unfortunately, this venue is only for wedding ceremonies, other arrangements will have to be made for your reception.
What accommodation options are available?
As St Stephen’s Chapel is in such a central location many hotel accommodation options are available such as Meriton Suites Adelaide Street, Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites, or The Manor Apartment Hotel.
Is there parking on-site?
Unfortunately not. Your best bet is the secure parking nearby: Wintergarden or MacArthur Central Carp Parks are decent options, but can be expensive at certain times of the day.
Is there a wet weather option here?
Victoria Park offers an indoor equivalent for its outdoor ceremony locations.
Can we get married here during COVID-19?
In QLD as of the 20th of December: A maximum of 200 guests can attend a wedding. See more here Dancing – no limits! Social distancing must continue to be practised and guests who are unwell should not attend A record of contact details including name, phone number, email address and date and time of patronage of each guest must be made to assist in contact tracing if required. This record must be kept for 56 days, provided to public health officers if requested where it will be securely stored and deleted after 56 days There is to be no buffet self-service. Guests are encouraged to do a sit-down reception, with individual plates served Cakes must be prepared in-house or via a supplier. The cake used for the ceremonial cutting of cake should not be served to guests