Weddings



We are delighted that you are thinking about being married in the parish of Walmer.

We pray that we can make your preparations as easy as possible so that you enjoy the day and all your hopes for your future together are fulfilled.

The following notes should help you as you plan for the day


Arrangements

Please contact the parish office so that your details can be passed on to Monica Hawkins, our Weddings Administrator.  She will arrange to meet with you and check whether the date you want is convenient and also arrange for your banns to be read (this is the legal side of your marriage. If you or your partner live outside the parish banns will have to be read in the parish church there as well - a small charge will be made for this. The vicar there will give you a banns certificate that you will need to bring to your rehearsal), to talk through the service and decide what you would like. The following may help you.

- Music. You may choose 2 hymns and music for the entrance, during the signing of

  the register, and at the end. You must speak to the organist about this especially if you

  would like a choir.
- Service Sheet. We must see a draft of any that you print yourself before you print them.
- Bells. We have a band of ringers who will be happy to ring at your wedding.
- Flowers. Our own flower arrangers are also happy to help.

- You will need to choose two adult witnesses who will be present at the wedding.

A rehearsal will be arranged for the week leading up to the wedding lasting about an hour. Please make sure your best man, bridesmaids, and anyone who might like to read attend.

You can have the service videoed but there will be an extra charge.

Fees/charges are listed below.


Preparation


You will also be invited to a 'preparation' morning for couples. It will include

- discussion starters with your partner about issues that relate to married life
- an opportunity to reflect on the Christian element of marrying in church

- the chance to ask any questions you may have about church weddings


Rules

Marriage in churches is controlled by the rules laid down by Canon law.

Canon B35(4) states that “When matrimony is to be solemnized in any church, it belongs to the minister of the parish to decide what music shall be played, what hymns or anthems shall be sung, or what furnishings or flowers should be placed in or about the church”.

Unless otherwise arranged with the vicar flowers will remain in church after the wedding.


2018 Fees


Fees are set by the Church of England and are subject to change from year to year. The church has no power to waive statutory fees

A £100 deposit should be paid to the Wedding Administrator on confirmation of a wedding date. The remainder of the fees must be paid to the Wedding Administrator in cash a month before the wedding.


Service Cash
Statutory £474.00
Admin/Verger £60.00
Organ (optional) £150.00
Choir (optional) £125.00
Bells (optional) £220.00
If Videoed (optional) £100.00
Heating (Oct-Mar) £50.00