Your Wedding at Saint Luke's Stone Cross.
If you are reading this, then it
may well be that you are considering getting married here at St. Luke’s. If
that is the case, all of us here will do our best to help you plan for your big
day. This section of the site contains some useful information and practical considerations
that should help you as you start to make plans!
Can anyone be married here?
Marriage in church is governed
by a mixture of church and state laws, and there are a number of criteria that
will need to be met before you can be legally married at St. Luke’s. This might
sound a bit negative and daunting, but it’s not as bad as it sounds!
To be married here, one or
both of you must be resident in the Parish or, be named on the Church Electoral
Roll. (This is not the same as the civil electoral roll). The Church Electoral
Roll is only open to regular worshipers at the church. If there are exceptional
personal or other reasons, it is possible to be married in any church by
‘Archbishop’s or Special Licence’ Please get in touch if you think this might
apply to you.
What if I or my Partner have been married before?
Don't worry! The Christian faith is all about forgiveness and being given a second chance in life. If you or your partner have been married before, contact Fr. James and he will be happy to talk things through with you and should be able to put your wedding in the diary!
Practicalities & Fees.
there are no legal reasons preventing a church wedding you will want to get in
touch with Fr. James sooner rather than later, to discuss things
further and arrange a date. Churches, as with all marriage venues get booked
very quickly and often several years in advance, so try not to leave things to
the last minute. Also please try and resist booking your reception before you
have spoken to the church!
The cost of a
church wedding is not as prohibitive as you might think. For example the total
fees for 2017 including all legal and Church Fees, Flowers, Organist, Servers
and the use of the church amount to £715, a small fraction of the cost of the
average wedding when reception venues, photographers and honeymoons are taken
Getting to know us at St. Luke’s:
wedding is very special, in that your marriage is not only celebrated in the
presence of your family and friends, but more importantly, in the presence of
God. The people at Saint Luke’s will want to wish you well for your wedding and
keep you in their prayers, and it would be good if we all got to know you a bit
before the wedding. Our main Sunday service is welcoming and friendly and we
would love to have you with us. In choosing to celebrate your marriage in
church, you are asking God to bless your marriage, and as such it makes sense
to make a commitment to attending church services, and perhaps exploring
further your Christian faith. Please do speak anyone here if you have any
questions. Children of all ages are very welcome at St. Luke’s and we have a
lively Sunday school during the first half of the service if you have children
and would welcome a bit of peace and quiet!
We hope to be able to welcome you to St. Luke's in the near future!