There is something special about having a traditional wedding in a church or place of worship. So, we’ve rounded up some of the most stunning Brisbane wedding chapels, churches, and cathedrals that will bring a touch of history, beauty, and awe to your ceremony.
When choosing a ceremony venue, you will need to consider the location, architecture, religion, and cost. Ask questions relating to the location such as ease of parking, nearby photographic opportunities, and distance to your reception venue. Consider the architecture and overall aesthetic in terms of tying in with the feel or theme of your wedding. Find out what religious requirements or premarital courses may be applicable in order for you to get married in the church. And, when looking at the financials, try to compare apples with apples as ceremony venues will likely have slight differences in their inclusions.
Churches and Cathedrals
St James Catholic Parish, Coorparoo
If you’re having your reception at Factory51, then look no further than a few minutes drive to this grand brick church with a big city vista. Opened in 1925, St James features mint green and dusty pink hues alongside exposed brick walls and wooden pews.
The Cathedral of St Stephen, Brisbane
Wedding ceremonies can take place within the precinct of the Cathedral of St Stephen which includes the stunning gothic revival Cathedral, St Stephen’s Chapel, and St Patrick’s Church (Fortitude Valley). A bell tower, 19th century stained glass windows, and Jubilee Pipe Organ, are just some of the beautiful features.
St Benedict’s Catholic Church, East Brisbane
The federation style church was first opened in 1917. In 1974, it received fresh paint, a new PA system and glazed screen, along with the addition of a colonnade to the eastern side of the church. A trio of arched stained glass windows sits above the stage serving as an impressive backdrop for up to 200 guests.
St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Kangaroo Point
St Joseph’s is a large Romanesque style church which serves as a prominent local landmark on the Parish school grounds above the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. Seating 400 comfortably, a historic 1882 pipe organ and exquisite ceiling mural add to the grandeur of the internal space.
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Woolloongabba
For the ultimate white wedding, Holy Trinity is perched high on a hill at Woolloongabba boasting views across Southbank and Brisbane City. It is blessed with Spanish mission revival style architecture with internal exposed brick walls and timber rafters.
St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane
This breathtaking sandstone Neo-Gothic structure is reminiscent of the great Cistercian abbey churches of 12th century Europe. Towering columns connect with a lofty domed ceiling complete with a series of splendid stained glass windows.
St Andrew’s Anglican Church, South Brisbane
If you’ve dreamed of church bells, then this is the ceremony venue for you! St Andrew’s wedding package includes a peal of 6 bells ringing for 10 minutes before and after your marriage. The heritage-listed stone Gothic-style building features large stained glass windows and a timber hall.
City Tabernacle Baptist Church, Brisbane
Opened in Brisbane’s inner city in 1890, the impressive cement-rendered building stands on one of the highest parts of the city. A heritage-listed building, City Tabernacle features parapet walls, cedar pews, and arched windows featuring geometric patterned leadlight.
Albert Street Uniting Church, Brisbane
A full wedding package inclusive of minister, organist, pew decorations, and church bells make Albert Street an easy choice for your ceremony. This heritage-listed church features a pipe organ and century-old stained glass, seating 200 downstairs and 500 upstairs.
All Saints’ Anglican Church, Spring Hill
The present Anglo-Catholic church was opened in 1869, replacing the earlier structure of 1862. The church is in nineteenth century gothic revival style, with a rare hammer-beam roof and historic organ built in London in 1873 for Brisbane’s first cathedral.
St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Spring Hill
One of Brisbane’s oldest heritage-listed churches, St Paul’s offers a historic and beautiful setting for your ceremony. With a sandstone exterior, and red cedar timber pews separated by an impressively long aisle, St Paul’s offers a full wedding package for those wanting to say “I do” in this special space.
St John The Baptist Anglican Church, Bulimba
Located on the renowned Oxford Street, St John The Baptist Anglican Church is the quintessential village church steeped in history and character. The white wooden building set on manicured lawns can accommodate 130 guests.
Brisbane is also blessed with a few Ecumenical Wedding Chapels that are suitable for couples from all backgrounds and beliefs:
Broadway Chapel, Woolloongabba
This Mediterranean style non-denominational chapel is run by wedding professionals that will make your ceremony dreams come true. Located just 5 minutes from Factory51, this gorgeous chapel boasts country rustic charm which will connect beautifully with your rustic industrial reception.
Latrobe Chapel, Paddington
The boutique white timber Latrobe Chapel has the romantic feel of olde Victorian times and is set in the heart of Paddington. Civil and religious weddings take place underneath their crystal chandelier, contributing to the charm of this heritage-listed chapel.
High Church, Fortitude Valley
With pitched ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and polished floorboards set against white walls, High Church has been renovated in a heritage-meets-modern luxe style. The unique space accommodates up to 120 on French cross-back chairs with exclusive use of the church including a city view terrace.
Unsure if a church wedding is for you?
Factory51 is pleased to take you from ceremony through to reception in The Workshop function room. It’s a great idea to host both formalities in the one location to enable celebrations to continue without the need to travel. Guests will be welcomed down the private laneway to your beautifully set room as they witness your exchange of vows. After the ceremony, they will be invited for refreshments at your private marble bar whilst you have photos taken. Meanwhile, we draw the black velvet curtains and magically transform the space for your stunning reception.
Contact our Functions Manager Ellie if you’d like a tour of our space.
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