Basic Wedding Checklist

clip_image002There are a number of important things that you need to do prior to your wedding in church.

To help with your planning, here is a basic list of some of those things:

  1. Provisionally book the date when you would like to get married:

Contact the Vicar (Revd Paul Reynolds) on (0115) 922 9600.

He will take your contact details (names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, etc) and arrange to meet with you for an informal chat at a mutually convenient time. At that meeting he will talk you through the whole process, explain the various options which are open to you, and provide you with a number of documents: (1) a Banns of Marriage Application form, (2) a Wedding Application form, (3) a copy of the full Wedding Service, (4) a sample Service Sheet, and (5) a Basic Church Wedding Planner.

  1. Come along to a Sunday Service:

You might want to attend a Sunday service. This will enable you to introduce yourself to the Vicar, meet the organist and verger, and view the church when it is full with people.

  1. Return your Banns of Marriage and Wedding Application Forms:

Once you have completed the two application forms, please return them to the Vicar at the following address:

Revd Paul Reynolds
The Vicarage
Moss Drive
Bramcote
NOTTINGHAM
NG9 3NF

  1. Attend a number of Wedding Planning Meetings:

Once the Vicar has your completed forms, he will meet with you to help you with all the practical details concerning your wedding service – including the order of service, flowers, music, photography and videography, choir, bells, rehearsal dates and times, Best Man, Bridesmaid(s), Ushers, Registration Witnesses, etc.  These meetings will also provide you with an opportunity to ask and resolve any particular questions you may have.  Do make sure that you put these dates in your diary!

  1. Book your places on the Marriage Preparation Course:

The marriage preparation course (not the same thing as wedding preparation) is designed to help you get the best start for your married lives together, and looks as issues such as: effective couple communication, dealing with conflict, making quality time for each other, and so on. The course runs in the spring of each year, and the Vicar will give you full details of the course at your first meeting.

  1. Make your various choices:

At subsequent meetings with the Vicar, you will need to make various choices concerning the following aspects of the service:

     THE BASICS

     Music
     What music do you want played coming into church and when leaving?
     Do you want this played on the organ, by a musical ensemble, or on a CD?

               IMPORTANT
               Please ensure that you have received approval for your musical choices prior
               to
booking musicians, soloists and ensembles.

     Hymns
     How many hymns do you want, and what is your preferred musical style?
     (The usual number is either 2 or 3)

     Bible Readings
     Which Bible reading(s) do you want?
     Have you chosen a friend or relative to read for you?

     Other Readings
     Do you also wish for a suitable poem or piece of prose to be read?
     Have you chosen a friend or relative to read for you?

               IMPORTANT
               Please ensure that you have approval for your choices in advance.

     Prayers
     What style of prayer would you like (formal or informal), and which prayers?

     ADDITIONAL EXTRAS
     (The following items may attract additional fees or charges)

     Organist
     Do you wish the church organist to play for you?

     Choir
     Do you wish the church choir to lead the worship or sing an anthem for you?

     Bells
     Do you wish the church bells to be rung at the end of the service?

  1. Pay the fees:

Please make sure that you have paid all of the fees associated with your wedding in advance of the rehearsal. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Bramcote PCC’.

  1. Arrange a rehearsal date and put it in your diary:

Your wedding rehearsal will usually take place a week or ten days before your wedding, and will be arranged for a mutually convenient date and time at one of the Wedding Planning Meetings.

Whilst anyone may attend the rehearsal, everyone playing an active role within the service (eg, Best Man, Bridesmaids, Ushers, etc) ought, ideally, to be there. It is also extremely helpful if the photographer is able to be present in order to view the layout of the church and to liaise with the Vicar as to how best to proceed on the wedding day.

  1. Submit your Banns Certificate(s):

If one or both of you live outside the parish then you should contact the Vicar of your local parish church and ask them to publish your banns of marriage. This will take place within three months of your wedding, and you may wish to attend.

Once the Banns have been called without objection you will need to collect the certificate issued by the minister and ensure that you hand it to the Vicar.

     IMPORTANT
     Please be aware, that without this certificate your marriage cannot proceed.
     Your banns of marriage will also be published at Saint Michael’s.

10.  Submit your Order of Service for proof reading:

Please ensure that you have provided the Vicar with a draft copy of your Order of Service so that we can check it before you go ahead with printing.


Some Useful Contacts:

     Organist / Choir          David Hanford            (0115) 922 8580

     Bell Tower Captain      Jonathan Portwood      (0115) 752 5879

     Flower Arranger          Hillary Brian                (0115) 939 2829

 

Revision 1.02 (May 2012)