Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage!
St Matthew's & St Michael and All Angels wants to help and support you, whatever stage you’re at with your planning. Please give Rev Jules a ring and she will be delighted to chat about your wedding, the legal requirements and the practical things that you need to start thinking through.
Seven steps to a heavenly wedding
From your first contact with us to your first anniversary and beyond, we’re here for you at every step.
1. Chose your church.
You can find your local parish church by outting your postcode details into www.achurchnearyou.com. If you want to marry in a different church there is a new law that opens up more choices for where you can marry. Speak to your Vicar.
2. Call the Vicar.
Let your Vicar know your good news as soon as you can and the three of you can fix a time to discuss what happens next.
3. Space to think.
Before your wedding, your Vicar may invite you to an event to help prepare you for married life together. It’s a no-obligation invitation, but one that many couples appreciate. It provides time and space to think about the vows and the difference they will make.
Banns are announcements in church of your intention to marry and a chance for anyone to put forward a reason why the marriage may not lawfully take place. On these occasions, everyone in your church will also be praying for you. It can be very special and moving, so go along if you can.
Near your wedding day, perhaps a day or two before, you will usually have the opportunity to rehearse the ceremony with those who are involved.
6. The Big Day!
Your Vicar will do all he or she can to make the day a personal, meaningful and spiritual experience for you and your guests.
7. First Anniversary and beyond.
Your local church will always be there for you throughout your marriage if you need it. Even if your local church is not the place where you married, they would be delighted to mark your first anniversary by praying for you both. All you have to do is ask.
The Church of England website http://www.yourchurchwedding.org/ offers an excellent place to start planning your special day. It has great suggestions for readings, hymns and music as well as lots of practical advice.
We have also produced these information leaflets that will help.