St Andrew’s is a wonderful setting for your wedding - and we would be delighted if you chose to have your special day here.
There are a few important things to consider however.
Firstly, the law states that you may get married in the church in the parish in which one of you is resident. Parish boundaries are sometimes quite difficult to discover, but a really useful website is www.acny.org.uk
when you arrive at the site, type in your postcode and it will tell you which parish you are in. If that parish has a link on that site you will be able to click on it to find out more information about a particular church. If one of you live within this parish, then you may get married at St Andrew’s.
Living in the parish is not the only circumstance where you can get married here. It’s possible there are a number of churches that you can get married in legally, as a bride and groom-to-be can marry in a church away from where they live if either of them can show just one of seven connections with the parish. Those connections are listed here
The website yourchurchwedding.org
has lots of information about getting married in church and is well worth a look!
If you have any questions regarding getting married at St Andrew’s then contact Fr David
. He would be delighted to hear from you and talk through some further details or answer any questions you may have.
One common question is “how much will it cost?”
The answer to that question is dependent on what you would like within the service.
The basic fees for the wedding service are approximately £450 (although they do vary slightly from year to year) On top of this there are fees for an organist, flowers, lighting and various other sundry fees. The average church wedding including all the above fees would be in the region of £450 - £600 although as stated previously this can vary. Fr David will be pleased to go into further details when you contact him.
At a marriage service
* The bride (often with her father), and the groom (often with his best man) will join the Priest at the altar in the presence of their family and friends. The Priest will welcome everyone and usually a hymn is sung. Sometimes friends of the couple give readings from the Holy Bible or other sources.
* The Priest will ask anyone in the congregation, and the couple, if they know of any reason why the marriage should not take place
* He will ask the couple to join their hands and to make their marriage vows to each other. He will bless the wedding rings and the couple will place rings on each other’s fingers as a sign of commitment.
* He will bless their marriage and, with his stole, tie a knot around their right hands to symbolize that they are now “one flesh”. He will invite the couple to show their love with a kiss.
* The couple, two witnesses and the Priest will sign the marriage registers before the couple leaves the church to celebrate with family and friends.