Enquiring about weddings at St. Margaret’s, West Hoathly and All Saints, Highbrook
Most Important …
The most important question about getting married is not where the wedding takes place. Clearly the vital part is your relationship and whether it is growing towards a lasting, healthy and, for many, a Christian marriage. But once the decision is taken, here is some practical information about weddings at St. Margaret’s and All Saints.
The First Step …Find out whether you qualify for a marriage service in St. Margaret’s or All Saints by phoning 01342 810757 and arranging to speak to the Vicar. He will take contact details and ask the necessary questions.
No dates are discussed at this stage.
People legally entitled to get married here are …
- Those who are already active members of St. Margaret’s or All Saints, having attended regularly for at least the last 6 months or more. They can apply to join the church’s Electoral Roll.
- Someone who actually lives within the boundaries of the Parish of St. Margaret’s, West Hoathly and All Saints, Highbrook.
- Someone with evidence of a certain family or personal ties with St. Margaret’s or All Saints.
A Few Questions …
Q. What about anyone divorced with his or her former partner still living?
- A. The Church of England offers marriage in church to those seeking their first marriage, so any couple where one has been divorced is invited to have a conversation with the Vicar who can explain the position and any possibilities. The Vicar will be pleased to arrange that conversation.
Q. What about those enquiring who were not British?
- A. Applications for a Marriage Licence are referred to the Bishop’s Surrogate who gives legal advice. The contact details are provided by the Vicar.
Q. An idea of the cost?
- A. The basic charge for a wedding (currently £381.00) is fixed by the Church of England nationally. Further fees, for musicians, etc. are added by the church council. A list is included in the booking pack. Banns read in other churches or Licence are charged separately.
- Make your church booking first, and then the reception venue afterwards. Otherwise disappointment and practical difficulties can arise.
- When arranging a date discuss this with the Vicar, as well as finding out when the church is available.
- The marriage service is always best when it happens in the familiar surroundings of the couple’s spiritual or family home church. The church is far more than simply a convenient venue.
- Anyone living in the parish not already attending St. Margaret’s or All Saints is encouraged to come to the Services beforehand (8am, 10am or 6.30pm Sundays at St. Margaret’s; 9am and 6.30pm All Saints). See service times.
- Marriage Preparation is provided for those getting married here. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for dates and other details.