Congratulations! If you are planning or thinking about a Church wedding or a blessing after a civil service, there are lots of ways in which the church team can help you - please do get in touch. For such a special day, our Churches can offer a very special service for you and your guests.
Please contact the church in plenty of time to discuss your wedding. If you do not live in the parish, have been married before or are not a UK citizen then the process of planning your wedding will take a little longer and the sooner we can start the conversation the better.
You have choices in how your wedding ceremony shapes up, making it uniquely yours. With the help of the clergy you can make choices for your ceremony, such as: which hymns you’d like; what music you’d like to have playing as you walk in and leave the church; whether you’d like other music played at certain points; which Bible reading(s) you’d like; if there are any other readings or poems you’d like; if you have any special requests for prayers; if you have a special request for the ‘giving away’ part of the service.
You have choices about who does the readings and prayers, which can be a lovely way to involve your family and friends - and about who you choose to witness the signing of the registers. There are more optional things which you may like to add to the basic service. These things will usually cost extra on top of the legal fee, and include: whether you have the organist to support the singing of hymns and having flowers and flower displays provided by the church.
If you are marrying at St Martin’s or St Peter's, you can talk all of this through with our office staff as well as the clergy. The Church of England website www.yourchurchwedding.org can help with some of these choices too offering a unique online Ceremony Planner to help you choose hymns and readings. You can even listen to the hymns first.
We wish you every blessing for your forthcoming marriage.