Priest in Charge: Reverend
Tel. 01843 869169 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Support Assistant: Simon Perry
Tel. 01843 866061 email: email@example.com
The Parish of
Peter’s Church Hall
Hopeville Ave BROADSTAIRS, Kent
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.
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.
During this meeting, please both bring your passport (and a photocopy)
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Director of Music and Organist, Mr Patrick Dunn, email firstname.lastname@example.org and he is happy to discuss
with you your musical requirements.
Flowers, Diana Taylor, 01843 867414.
11. If you wish to change the Wedding date
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.