Imagine your wedding ceremony in one of New Zealand's most beautiful historic buildings.

Closed for seismic strengthening

Old St Paul's is closed to the public for seismic strengthening work from Saturday 4 May until late 2019.  Please contact us to discuss venue hire for your wedding for January 2020 onwards.

Old St Paul’s welcomes everybody to celebrate their special day in this beautiful historic venue.  Personalise your own traditional or modern wedding ceremony, a religious or civil service, a same sex wedding, or renew your vows – everything is possible. Impress your guests with this stunning venue for hosting modern elegance in a traditional setting.

Beautiful stained glass windows and the glowing wooden interior of this architectural masterpiece make this heritage venue a perfect backdrop for your wedding photography too.

Check out our photographs and video and then talk to us about your options!

Look through our wedding information pack (includes floor plans) for further information (pdf, 1.1mb).  

A wedding at Old St Paul's
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Hiring Old St Paul's for your Wedding Ceremony

Venue hire includes:

  • The hire of Old St Paul’s and grounds for 1.5 hours
  • The services of our Wedding Co-ordinator, who will work with you to ensure your ceremony at Old St Paul’s will be unforgettable
  • A choice of pew decorations
  • A wedding rehearsal with your celebrant/minister, your wedding party and our Wedding Co-ordinator to ensure your special day will be relaxed and stress-free.

Price: NZD 950 incl GST (1 May - 31 August)  & NZD 1,150 incl GST (1 September - 30 April).

Additional hour

Why not book an additional hour to have extra time for photography of the occasion?

Price: NZD 250.00 incl GST.  


The services of our musician who will help you choose from traditional or non-traditional pieces played on the organ or grand piano.  Special requests can be accommodated. A facility to play music from almost any electronic device is also available. This includes a music rehearsal.

Price: NZD 250 incl GST.


For almost 150 years, the Old St Paul’s Bellringer Guild have rung to signal the arrival of the bride to the church and as the couple leaves the church to signal their new life together. The bells add a wonderful touch to your wedding.

Price: NZD 300.00 incl GST. 

Historic Thorndon wedding package

Historic Thorndon wedding package

Combine your wedding ceremony and reception in Wellington’s leafy green suburb of Thorndon.

Old St Paul's and the Thistle Inn are two outstanding heritage buildings both built in 1866.  A short stroll from one another, they are situated in the heart of Thorndon on Mulgrave St. Together they bring a rich history of 152 years of celebrating life’s special occasions.

Price: From $3720 depending on your choice of reception menu, and number of guests (minimum of 30 persons applies).

Old St Paul’s - Ceremony

Hire time 3pm-4.30pm, for 30-100 guests.  Includes

  • Wedding Coordinator
  • Wedding rehearsal
  • Pew decorations

Thistle Inn - Reception

Hire time  5pm-12am, for 30-100 guests.  Choose from two options for catering

Package one from $99 per person

  • Bubbles & 2 canapes on arrival
  • Set menu for entrée and main
  • Cake-cutting
  • House beer & wine

Package two from $149 per person

  • Bubbles & 3 canapes on arrival
  • Set menu for entrée, main and dessert
  • Cake-cutting
  • Premium beer & wine

Terms and conditions apply.  The offer is subject to availability at both Old St Paul’s and the Thistle Inn.  Valid 01 October 2018 – 31 December 2019. The minimum number of guests is 30, with a maximum of 100. 

Flowers, organ and piano at the church, bells, and dance bands are priced on request.  

For more information about the Historic Thorndon package, please contact the Wedding Coordinator at Old St Paul's, tel (04) 473 6722 or email

  • Ceremony

    Enjoy your ceremony in this beautiful historic venue.  Image: Heritage New Zealand

  • Adorable pair, bride and flower girl

    How adorable are these two?  Image: Anna Munro

  • A magical moment

    A magical moment.  Image: Amy Schulz Photography

  • Exchange of vows

    Exchange your vows surrounded by the spectacular architecture at Old St Paul's.  Image: Colin McDiarmid

  • Here comes the bride

    Here comes the beautiful bride!  Image: Anna Munro

  • Bridal party

    A bridal party with elegance and style! Image: Amy Schulz Photography

  • Beauty and serenity at Old St Paul's

    Serenity meets beauty. Image: Amy Schulz Photography

  • Ceremony at Old St Paul's

    Since 1866, Old St Paul's has been a beloved historic wedding venue in Wellington.  Image: Adrian de la Fuente

Dates available!

There are wedding dates sooner than you may think.

Ask us when


Use these forms to confirm your requirements for your special day.

Booking Old St Paul's (pdf, 442 kb) - to confirm your wedding date and time, and other general requirements.

There are dates available over 2018-2019!  Check availability with our Wedding Coordinator.