Booking your wedding
Who can get married at St Margaret’s?
The Church of England has special rules regarding who can get married in a local church. These rules changed in October 2008 to make it easier to get married in a church you have a connection with. If you currently live in the parish or you used to live in the parish for more than 6 months, if you were baptised or confirmed in the parish or if your parents or grandparents were married in the parish, then you have a qualifying connection with the church. You are also able to get married in a church where you have been worshipping regularly for over 6 months.
We will consider remarrying divorcees, depending upon their particular circumstances. If either of you is divorced you will need to arrange a meeting with the Team Rector before booking a wedding.
How do I book a wedding?
To book a date for your wedding in church come to the Parish Office - located in the Parish Centre next door to the church - which is open every Monday evening (except Bank Holidays) between 6.30pm-7.30pm. During this time arrangements can be made and the necessary paperwork (Application for Banns) can be completed.
We do require a non-returnable deposit of £50 at this stage.
To avoid disappointment the church should be booked before booking your reception. Please note we do not conduct weddings on Sundays and the availability of choristers is less certain on weekdays.
What happens next?
About three months before the service we ask you to contact us again to arrange a meeting with the Team Rector, a rehearsal, and to begin planning the order of service. If your banns are being published (the most usual preliminary for church weddings) you will also need to contact the Vicar of any other parish in which one or both of you resides. They will also arrange to read your banns within three months of the ceremony and issue you with a certificate that this has been done. Please note the marriage cannot take place without this certificate.
What happens in the service?
The service usually lasts about ½ hour. It will include readings, prayers and hymns; vows will be exchanged; the registers signed and a blessing given. There can be between one and three hymns (two is usual) and you may wish to choose the music for the entry of the bride, the signing of the register and the procession out at the end. One Bible reading needs to be included. A second lesson can be added either from the Bible or another source. If a non–Biblical reading is chosen this must be approved by the Team Rector in advance. To see a selection of music suggestions please click here and for possible Readings please click here.
What “Order of Service” do we need?
Many couples arrange for an “Order of Service” to be printed along with other wedding stationary. Otherwise the Church can produce a simple, personalised service sheet for a small additional cost. If you are arranging the printing ensure that you send the Team Rector a draft and receive approval of the wording before printing. The Wedding Service includes a number of passages for the congregation which need to be included. For a sample Order of Service please click here.
Lillies are not allowed in arrangements at St. Margaret's Church. Please contact Margaret Staines on 0113 259 1352 to discuss details. Your florist can have reasonable access to the church as necessary to arrange your wedding flowers.