How do I go about booking my wedding?
In the first instance, by far the easiest way is to contact the Vicar, Revd Paul Reynolds, on (0115) 922 9600. Alternatively, you can contact the Parish Office (0115) 953 0137 who will gladly pass on a message for him to contact you.
Must I live in the parish?
In order to be married at Saint Michael’s either or both of you will need to satisfy one of the following conditions:
(a) live within the ecclesiastical parish,
(b) be an active member of the congregation with your name entered
on the electoral roll, or
(c) have some prior family connection with the parish; for instance, at some
stage either you, your parents or your grandparents will have lived and/or
worshipped here in Bramcote.
To view the parish boundary, please refer to the bottom map on the Directions page.
The Vicar will be very happy to guide you through these requirements.
How much will my church wedding cost?
The basic statutory fee for providing a church wedding is currently (2011) £287.50. This figure is fixed by the Church of England nationally, and approved by parliament.
Additional fees may be added by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) to cover the cost of any additional services which you might require, such as: an organist, choir, musicians, bell ringers, verger, statutory licences, and for the provision of any PA/AVA equipment and an operator. All such fees are fully detailed once we know your specific requirements.
As a rough guide, a wedding including the above additional services currently (2012) will cost in the order of £595.00.
Banns read in other churches, or Licenses issued, are charged separately by the parishes concerned or by the statutory authorities.
All fees are reviewed each year in January.
Giving notice (The Legal preliminaries)
It is always necessary to give public notice that you wish to be married.
Within the Church of England this is almost always done by calling your banns on three occasions during the main (10:45am) Sunday Morning Service. We normally do this 6-8 weeks prior to the date of your wedding.
If you and/or your fiancée live in another parish, you must also arrange for banns to be called there. We can, in all probability, provide you with the name and telephone number of the person you will need to contact.
The law recently changed with respect to the form of preliminaries required for non-EU nationals. Please contact the Vicar directly for advice should you fall into this category.
What if I’ve been married before?
If you are a widow or widower, there is no restriction on you being married in church. However, if you have been divorced, and your previous partner is still living, we follow the Church of England guidelines on the marriage of divorced people. If you wish to explore the possibility of re-marriage, please contact the Vicar to arrange an informal meeting to discuss the specific circumstances surrounding your previous marriage.
Can I change the date or time after booking?
If you have to make changes after booking we will do all that we can to fit in with your new arrangements. However, at certain times of the year we will already have a number of other weddings booked into the church diary, and so it may not always be possible to guarantee an alternative date or time.
Whatever the particular circumstances, please ensure that you advise us of any proposed changes to your arrangements, as soon as possible, so that we can help you as much as is practically possible. It is particularly important that you advise us immediately should you decide not to proceed with a wedding at Saint Michael’s.
Please be aware that the most difficult booking to arrange is often the Reception venue, particularly if you’re using a very popular hotel, so it’s advisable to get a few alternative dates and times from them before making a firm booking with us.