Guidelines For Weddings
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Guidelines for Chapel Bookings (PDF)
Wedding bookings will only
be taken on the form provided. General
booking times for weddings are as follows:
- Fridays: after 4:00pm
- Saturday/Sunday (1 October – 30 April) 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm,
- Saturday/Sunday (1 May – 30 September) 11:00am, 2:00pm, 4:00pm.
Requests for wedding booking times outside of these standard booking
times can be discussed with the Chapel Manager at the time of booking,
however, the Chapel is invariably not available for use on Fridays
before 4:00pm during School term time.
- Couples are required to arrange their own celebrant. Couples are
asked not to approach the parish clergy at Manly unless one is a parishioner
as they are usually fully committed in the parish church.
- It is strongly recommended that couples engage in a formal programme
of marriage preparation. Details can be obtained from the celebrant.
A brochure on Centacare pre-marriage courses is available from the
- There are church and government registers at the Chapel and it is
the responsibility of the celebrant to complete all necessary paperwork.
There is a small quantity of stationery and certificates in case of
emergency. Some liturgical vestments are available but celebrants are
encouraged to bring their own alb or soutane.
- A personal offering to the celebrant is the responsibility of the
- The Chapel will be prepared according to the requirements of the
couple. These should be discussed with the Chapel Manager.
- The Chapel Manager can assist with referrals to an organist or florist.
If there are multiple weddings on the same day it is suggested that
couples co-operate and share the expense of flowers.
- Use of decorations that mark the fabric of the building or its furniture
or litter the grounds (eg. rice or confetti) is prohibited.
- Photography (still and video) is permitted but the photographer
should be warned not to intrude into the ceremony. As a courtesy the
photographer should liaise with the celebrant who will have the final
decision on how photography will be conducted.
- Moderate use of the grounds for photographs is permitted in the
immediate vicinity of the Chapel before and after the wedding. Couples
are asked to be punctual and to ensure they vacate the grounds at least
15 minutes before the commencement of any other wedding as a courtesy
to the other couple.
- A pipe organ is available in the Chapel. The organ is played by
an organist contracted to the Archdiocese and is not available for
general play by the public. Requests to play the organ by other than
the contracted organist will only be entertained in exceptional circumstances.
Music played in the Chapel should invariably be live performance and
strictly in accordance with the liturgy and also acknowledging the
sacred nature of the Chapel. Decisions in relation to the appropriateness
of the music to be played will be determined by the Chapel Organist.
- The Chapel is an historical heritage-listed building. The upkeep
of the Chapel depends entirely on the generosity of those who use it.
The cost of maintenance, insurance and employment of staff is significant.
Other than for religious services intending users will be asked to
make a suitable contribution to help offset some of these fixed costs.
The amount of the contribution is always negotiable depending on the
nature of the proposed use, and the circumstances of those involved.
This can be discussed with the Chapel Manager.
- Offerings on the occasion of a religious service such as a wedding
are set at $750. No booking is confirmed until payment has been received
and a written ‘Confirmation of Booking’ is provided by
the Archdiocesan Chancery.
- At the discretion of the Chapel Manager, depending on the proposed
use, a security deposit may be required which will be forfeited in
the event that there is any damage to the Chapel or grounds. In some
cases separate liability insurance may be necessary.
- Offerings or contributions should be paid by credit card, cheque
or money order in favour “Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney” and
paid in full when returning the booking request form.
- Goods and Services Tax - The Cerretti Chapel is owned by the Catholic
Archdiocese of Sydney which is a registered entity and a charitable
and religious institution. In accordance with the legislation and ATO
rulings, there is no GST payable for a religious service, or for a
non-commercial supply by a charitable institution. With respect to
offerings on the occasion of a religious service no tax invoice will
be issued. With respect to other contributions no tax invoice will
be issued unless requested. GST will only be included in such contributions
where the amount of the contribution exceeds 50% of the market value
of the supply. This can be discussed with the Chapel Manager.
- The entry to the Chapel is via the passage between the Chapel and
the main college building.
- Only the bridal cars or other official cars may use the ceremonial
drive in front of the main building. Pedestrian access for other guests
will be via the secondary gate opposite St Paul’s College, where
parking may be available by arrangement outside school hours. Parking
in the grounds of International College of Management Sydney
is limited and reserved for the disabled. The Chapel Manager will give
specific directions if necessary.
- Guests are requested to respect the operations of International College of Management Sydney and the privacy of its residents
and should confine their activity to the grounds in the immediate vicinity
of the Chapel.
Date: 15 September 2004