Marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman in an unbreakable relationship.
To be married in one of our churches:
you or your fiance must live in this parish, or
have a strong link with one of our churches.
Marriage is a public act. It is made public by:
the reading of Banns on three Sundays, or
by licence, or
Superintendent Registrar’s Certificate.
Things to think about.
With the help of your vicar, 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, like a CD 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 involve your family and friends.
There are more optional things which you may like to add to the basic service. These things will cost extra on top of the legal fee, and are charged at the church’s local rate. They include:
Whether you have the organist to support the singing of hymns
Whether or not you have a verger to support your guests and help with handing things out, or tidying things away
Having the church bells rung at the end of the service
Having flowers and flower displays provided by the church
Your vicar is trained and experienced to advise you on all of these things, and knows your church very well, so with their help, you will be able to make choices that you are all happy with.