We are delighted that you may be considering being married in Claines Church. You
will probably have many questions to ask about the process of arranging your wedding
with us. This page is meant to help explain the process and answer some of your questions.
We also hold Marriage Preparation days when you can meet Clergy and other couples
to help you with your planning.
Read the full text below, or click on specific questions:
If you are hoping to be married at Claines Church please telephone Rachel Cramp –
Churchwarden – 01905 457749, and then come to one of our Church services when you
will be able to meet a member of the Clergy. They will check whether you are eligible
to be married at Claines (see the qualifying connections below) or advise you how
you can qualify by attending church regularly for a minimum of six months.
Marriage is a legal institution and therefore marriage law must be maintained.
Here are some of the main legal questions which face couples seeking to be married
in Claines Church.
A. Is there any legal reason why we might not be able to marry each other?
If you are related to each other you might need to consider this question. For advice
contact one of the clergy.
B. Can we marry in church if one of us is divorced?
You need to discuss this with the clergy, but if a former marriage has been dissolved
it may still be possible to marry in church.
C . What are the qualifying connections, to be married in Claines church?
An engaged couple are welcome to be married in church in a parish if just one of
one of them was baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish;
one of them, at any time has lived in the parish for at least six months;
one of them, has at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for
at least six months;
one of their parents has lived in the parish for at least six months in their child’s
one of their parents has regularly attended public worship there for at least six
months in their child’s lifetime;
their parents or grandparents were married in the parish.
D. Do we need to obtain a Licence to get married?
Under normal circumstances this will not be necessary. You will need to obtain a
banns certificate from the parish in which you or your partner lives (if it is not
Claines Parish)—this is a legal requirement in most cases.
If you have legal questions which have not been answered by the information above
you should ensure that you speak to a member of the Clergy at the earliest possible
Once you have made contact with the Churchwarden and attended a Church service, you
will be invited to attend a Saturday Surgery, when you will meet the Vicar, to discuss
your wedding in more detail and agree on a date and time for your Wedding Ceremony.
These are usually on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays in the month. You will be asked to
complete an application form. This form acts as confirmation of the arrangements.
At this point you will be asked to pay a non-returnable £40 deposit.
The cost of the wedding in church depends on what you would like to have: choir,
bells, organist etc. (As a rough guide in 2013 the cost of a wedding in church can
vary between £556 and £955).
You will be sent a detailed costing sheet in January of the year you are getting
married. When you receive this please check that the information regarding your booking
is correct, complete the sheet, showing what you would like the church to provide
for you and return it to the Parish Clerk.
Payment is requested TWO MONTHS before the wedding. A cheque for the full amount
(less the £40 deposit) outlined on the form should be sent to the Parish Office (ALL
CHEQUES PAYABLE TO ‘Claines PCC’).
If you choose to have floral arrangements in church for your wedding please speak
to Pat Harris who runs our Flower Guild. She will be pleased to talk through your
specific colour requirements and in the eventuality of a number of weddings on the
day of your wedding, will liaise between the couples.
Unfortunately it is not possible for other florists to arrange the flowers within
Pat Harris can be contacted in Church, or alternatively she can be contacted by telephone
on: 01905 451305
We encourage couples to think carefully about their wedding service and to make choices
about who should be involved in the service; what should be read in it and what music
should be played or sung. Our organist Ivan Oliver can advise on music and hymns
and can be contacted after an 11 o’clock service, on most Sundays. The Clergy will
be happy to help and advise you on your Order of Service.
With the costing sheet which you receive in January, you will be invited to contact
the clergy to arrange a meeting, so that you can talk through the arrangements for
your Wedding Service. In that meeting you will have the opportunity to express preferences
for music, hymns, readings etc. at your service. It is important that this meeting
should be held between three and six months before the wedding is due to take place.
During this meeting we will arrange a time for a rehearsal of your wedding service
– often this will be on the Sunday evening before the wedding, after the Evening
You will also be invited to attend a Wedding Preparation Day, part of which will
include time in Church, to look at the practicalities of your service.
Your banns of marriage must be read in your parishes of residence and in Claines
Parish. They should be read no more than three months before the wedding. It is YOUR
responsibility to arrange for the reading of the banns in other parishes, and to
collect from them a certificate of Banns which should be presented to us at the wedding
Your wedding day is a most important day for you and for your whole family. If you
have questions about any aspect of your wedding please contact one of the people
named below – we will be only too pleased to help you in any way possible.
For general enquiries telephone Rachel Cramp – Churchwarden on 01905 457749
For specific enquiries telephone Rev Jo Musson – via 01905 780200
Address for information:
The Parish Office
Claines Parish Hall
MORE INFORMATION ON YOUR CHURCH WEDDING
If you would like to find out more information about getting married in church including
helpful ideas about planning the ceremony please visit the Church of England's website