Weddings

Who can get married at St. Peter's?

For a couple to get married at St. Peter's normally one person must either live in the parish or be on the church electoral roll.

In some cases others who have a strong link with the church, but do not live in the parish, can be married if they have a Qualifying Connection with St Peter's. This will need to be explored in an interview with the Rector, but in short one person will need to be able to say Yes to one of these Connections:

  • I was baptised in the parish (by a Church of England service/form of baptism)
  • I have been confirmed (by a Church of England service) and my confirmation is entered in a register belonging to a church or chapel in the parish
  • My parent or grandparent was married in the parish by a Church of England service
  • I have had my usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months
  • My parent has had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months during my lifetime
  • I have habitually attended public worship at Church of England services in the parish for at least 6 months
  • My parent has habitually attended public worship at Church of England services in the parish for at least 6 months during my lifetime

Where one person has been married before and the previous partner is still alive normally a Service of Prayer and Dedication after a Civil Marriage is offered, though in certain circumstances a full church wedding may be possible under new Church of England guidelines.

Reading of Banns
Banns are read in church as a public way of establishing that there is nothing preventing you legally marrying. They are read three times on successive weeks and if no one raises an objection then we can issue a Banns Certificate to say that we have done so. There is a fee for reading of banns and issuing the Banns Certificate.

 IF EITHER ONE OF YOU LIVE IN THE PARISH, the usual legal formality is to have your banns read here.
This will take place at the 10.30 am Service at St. Peter's Church on the three dates given to you.
We encourage you to be present to hear them as many times as you can however if you have to have banns read in another parish as well (see below) then this may only be once or twice.

IF ONE OR BOTH OF YOU LIVES IN ANOTHER PARISH, then you must go to the vicar of that parish and ask him to read your banns there. When they have been read, he will give you a certificate on payment of the fee. I must have the certificate before I can take your wedding service.

Banns are ususally read six weeks before the wedding for three weeks so that there is plenty of time to ensure that they are read correctly and that a certificate can be issued.

To apply to have your Banns read at St Peter's please download and complete the following form.

Rehearsal
This takes place during the week before the wedding  (eg usually the Thursday or Friday evening before a Saturday wedding). We go through the wedding service at St. Peter's Church. The following people should be there: bride and groom, best man, bridesmaids and the bride's father. Please bring your orders of service and the fees if you have not alraedy paid them.

Fees
Please pay the fees at or before the rehearsal. The Verger, Organist and Choir Fees are paid in cash on the day of the wedding, and it would be helpful to have their fees in cash placed in separate marked envelopes. Please make out a cheque for the other fees to St. Peter's Church.

Please contact us for an indication of the fees and costs for your wedding.
 
If you think you may wish to get married at St Peter's please download and return an application form.

Flowers
Please contact the office to put you in touch with our Flower Co-ordinator who is responsible for flowers in church. Please check whether there area any other weddings on the same day; you could share the cost and agree on colours.

Music
Please contact the office who will put you in touch with our organist.
You need to choose:

  • Organ music to enter and leave by.
  • Music during the signing of the registers.
  • Hymns: Usually two or three of your own choice - a guide to suitable hymns can be downloaded here.

Order of service
It is a good idea to have an order of service printed. I can provide a sample order, along with words to common hymns and songs if that would help.

Bible reading
There are a number of suitable Bible readings to choose from and a list to guide you can be downloaded here.

Photographs
Please ask your guests not to take photographs during the service itself. A marriage service is an act of worship, and we try to maintain an atmosphere of worship. Photographs may be taken as you come into church, at the signing of the registers and going back down the aisle at the end of the service.

Please contact me if you have any questions about your wedding. If for any reason you decide to change the date of your wedding please let me know as soon as possible, as we will need to check availability.

If you think you may wish to get married at St Peter's please download and return an application form.

I look forward to sharing with you in your wedding day, and trust that you will get in touch if I can be of any further assistance in your planning.
Rev Doug McHardie: rector@saintpeterschurch.org.uk