A Traditional Heritage Venue With a Unique Modern Twist

Step inside this venue that wedding dream's are made of and be wowed by the clever reception transition.
Video credit: Jono Tucker 

  • Photography by Amy Schulz Photography

Built in 1866, Old St Paul’s is one of New Zealand’s finest statements of Gothic timber architecture.

Famed for its glowing wooden interior and illuminated stained glass windows, this fine Wellington venue makes the perfect ambient setting for a traditional wedding with a twist of modern elegance.

Old St Paul’s served as an Anglican parish church from 1866 until in the 1960s, when plans were made to build a new and larger cathedral. This threw the future of Old St Paul’s into doubt and the building was facing demolition. Thanks to enormous public protest, Old St Paul’s was saved, extensively restored and is now proudly cared for by Heritage New Zealand.

This popular wedding venue now has a greater capability to host ceremonies and receptions. “We simply turn the pews and create an exceptional seated dinner accommodating 50-100 people,” says Old St Paul's Wedding Co-ordinator, Aingie O’Luain. This clever interior design thought will truly wow your guests.

"Winter weddings are becoming increasingly popular, it’s all about embracing the beauty of winter and making your venue feel intimate, romantic and toasty on a crisp winter day.”

Old St Paul’s offers that ambiance as soon as you cross the threshold and because of its breath-taking ornate wooden interior; it needs very little dressing to create the perfect winter wedding feel. “Our goal in creating the Winter Wedding Package was to minimise a couple’s to-do list,” says Aingie, “and to cater for a lot of your wedding needs.”

Read on for more reasons to choose Old St Paul’s in Wellington as your space to say ‘I do’.


Old St Paul’s and a team of reputable Wellington wedding vendors have worked together to present two Winter Packages – the ‘petite’ (50 guests) and the ‘grande’ (51-100 guests) which includes two caterer options.*

Venue hire includes Old St Paul’s music director who can play your choice of music on the organ or piano.


If you’ve chosen Old St Paul’s as your venue, its likely you love the idea of the traditional setting, therefore you’ll love the traditional church bells! The Guild of Bell-ringers will announce the arrival of the bride and ‘ring’ again when the bride and groom leave the venue as husband and wife. The Candle Ceremony is a beautiful way to include family into your ceremony and signifies two families coming together.

The ceremony includes a set of three candles: two small with the names of the bride & groom, and the larger unity candle with both names, the wedding date, a picture of Old St Paul’s and a chosen verse. Typically, the bride & groom’s respective mother’s (but it can be anyone you chose) would light the candle bearing the name of their child, and the unity candle is lit together by the bride & groom.


“After last summer’s weather there could be a quick shift to inside wedding venues,” says Aingie. “Old St Paul’s is no longer a parish church and is cared for by Heritage New Zealand."

At Old St Paul’s we embrace marriage of everyone, and the church is now non-denominational, but still consecrated which means you can design your own ceremony – whether it is a religious or civil service, a same sex wedding or renewal of vows.

Visit Old St Paul's online here , and follow them on Facebook. The comprehensive Wedding Pack can be downloaded here.

Contact Aingie to discuss what you have in mind for your special day:

Aingie O'Luain
​Old St Paul's Wedding Co-ordinator
04 473 6722

*Offer available from Winter Season, 1 May – 31 August 2017/18. However we can also accommodate wedding reception’s throughout the Summer season and we still have availability for Summer 2018. If the package doesn’t cater for your needs, please do not hesitate to contact me and discuss what you had in mind for your special day.

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