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Planning Your Wedding

Who will conduct your wedding?

One of our team of ministers will conduct your wedding and will be happy to work with you in preparing it.  If you are planning to print your own order of service, you will need to get on with discussing this with one of us sooner rather than later. We normally hold a gathering in January of all wedding couples for the year ahead to give people an opportunity to meet the clergy, be given information about their wedding and hear some music options.  You may wish to discuss other things as well (such as forms of marriage preparation or explorations of what the church believes about God and marriage).

 Rev Anne McCormick 11 Church Lane Limber (01469561082) (Mob 07903749266)   anneoflimber@btinternet.com

So now you’re engaged…

Legal requirements

Finding a church

Planning the ceremony

Can I get married in Church?


Couples where one or both partners are living in the parish area (nearby the churches) are likely to be able to be married here.

Couples who have links to the parish for instance, if they were baptised here or their parents were married here, can also be married here under a qualifying connection. You can find this out at a booking. The parish you live in can be checked using the web site a church near you.

Couples where one or both partners have been married before will need to contact one of the clergy for a conversation and show a copy of their decree absolute before making a firm booking

Couples where one or both are not British citizens will need to contact one of the Clergy
for a conversation before they can go ahead with a booking.

How much will it cost?

Our fees for a wedding vary each year but you can find an up to date list on the PDF wedding information sheet (link)

Our current fees are between £500 and £600 - a small amount of the total cost of a wedding today. The fees can be paid in instalments. We do not want them to become a barrier to people choosing a church wedding.


What are Banns of Marriage?


This is the legal notice of your wedding read out at services on three Sundays.  If one or both of you live in another parish, it is essential that you arrange for Banns of Marriage to be read out in your home parish, and that you collect a certificate to say that this has been done.  They will charge you a legal fee to do this.  We usually read out your Banns of Marriage on the second, third and fourth Sundays two month before your wedding (i.e. we do this in June for weddings in August, and so on).  We do this at the 10.30 a.m. service (at St Michael’s or St Nicolas’) or the 6.00 p.m. service (at St George’s). Our administration of this is included in your wedding fee and does not require a certificate.



What will the service be like?


The Church of England has set words to be used at its’ services but it also has a lot of room for couples to add their own special touches with music, readings to make in a unique occasion. The service we used can be seen in full complete with a wedding service planner on the Church of England website.

Can we have photographs and video recordings ?


You can do this provided this doesn’t become the main focus of the service, or distract the organist, or get used on a commercial basis.  Professionals and amateurs are acceptable but will need to discus with us where to stand and the protocols in each church.


Do we have a rehearsal?


After we have done all the other preparation, we usually arrange to run through the service with the two of you (or with a much larger group if you prefer) near the time of the wedding.  This isn’t like rehearsing a play (you don’t have to remember anything on the day!) but rather an opportunity to run through things and for us to have accurate notes of how this particular wedding is going to go.

The rest


We are delighted you are considering a wedding with us and we know it’s a daunting thing to organise. Don’t panic.  We have a lot of experience helping couples prepare for their weddings. We will make every effort to make it a memorable special occasion that runs smoothly.

Suggested Music

Readings and other choices

What Music can you choose?

Your Identity

 

We need to be sure you are who you say you are, and that you live where you say you live!
So please bring things like passport, driving licence and recent bank statements with your address on them when you first come to see the person who will take your wedding.