Information for couples considering marriage in our church
We are delighted that you are thinking about a church wedding in St Peter’s Church, as we believe that God is concerned with the whole of life, including relationships and families. If you decide to make your marriage vows in church, you will be affirming your wish for God’s blessing on your marriage. We want to help you in this most important stage of your life together.
These notes are intended to guide and help you through the process of planning your wedding. A Church of England Wedding is a legal service and the necessary legal preliminaries have to be completed for your wedding to be recognised by law.
1. Please provide your full contact details to Rev’d Jan Durrans who will then arrange a meeting with you, when dates can be discussed and forms completed.
2. During this meeting, please both bring your passport (and a photocopy)
3. We'll also need to establish your legal right to be married in St Peter’s Church. If neither of you has previously been married, we can marry you in your parish church if one of you:
i) has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
ii) was baptised in the parish concerned or
iii) was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
iv) has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
v) has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
vi) has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents or grandparents:
vii) was married in the parish
You will need to show proof of your qualifying connection
4. If you have previously been married, you will need to discuss this with the clergy so please bring all the original Decree Nisi Absolute documents with you.
5. To get married in a Church of England Church a Licence OR Banns Certificate(s) is necessary. BANNS are a Legal requirement to announce your intention to marry and are read out at the main service for three Sundays within 3 months of your Wedding date. Banns have to be read in each Church of England Parish in which you live. You must obtain a Banns Certificate from the clergy, having paid the Banns Fee, and give the Certificate to Rev’d Jan
No Banns Certificate = No Wedding. It is that important!!!
6. You will be given the Order of Service we use at St Peter’s and you will be asked to think about hymns, music, and readings that you would like to have for your wedding. You will also need to think about other details; e.g. organ, bells, choir, special requirements.
7. Five months prior to the wedding date, you will need to confirm and finalise the details of your Wedding Order of Service and the calling of the Banns of Marriage with the clergy conducting your wedding. This is also when you will arrange to pay the wedding fee, and arrange the date of the full wedding rehearsal which normally takes place a day or two before the wedding.
8. There may be times when it is not possible for the Priest in Charge to officiate at your wedding, in which case we will inform you and provide another priest who will make contact with you well before your wedding day.
9. The Director of Music and Organist, Mr Patrick Dunn, email email@example.com and he is happy to discuss with you your musical requirements.
10. Church Flowers, Diana Taylor, 01843 867414.
11. If you wish to change the Wedding date or time, then please contact Rev’d Jan Durrans as soon as possible so that she can confirm this is okay.
12. If you intend to move to a new address between completing the Marriage Application Form and your Wedding date, please contact the clergy immediately as this may prevent you from being legally married in St Peter’ s Church.
We wish you every blessing, as you prepare for your wedding.