Weddings

Your Wedding Day

Congratulations!

We look forward to being able to help you make the most of your day and your future together in marriage. This page contains some of the practical helps regarding your wedding in Fetteresso. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.

Notice of Marriage

About six weeks before the wedding date, you must give notice of your intention to marry to the local Registrar. This is a necessary legal requirement. You will be told to collect the Marriage Schedule during the week before the wedding. Please note that without the Schedule the marriage cannot take place. It is a good idea to bring the Schedule to the church for the rehearsal.

Music for the Service

You should discuss the choice of hymns and processional music with the minister and organist. The Church Organist (Ian Gillis) will be able to advise and guide you through music selection and hymn choices.

Flower Arrangements

Please contact the Church Office to arrange a time before the wedding for the flowers to be placed / arranged in the church. The arrangements can be collected from the church the next day or they can be left in the church. You should decide and advise what arrangements you will made regarding the flowers afterwards.

Photographs and Video Recordings

To avoid any distractions, we ask that the photographer and/or video recordist should consult with the Church Officer/minister before the service begins.

Fees

Fees are payable for the services of the Church Officer and Organist and we would ask that non-members of the church make a contribution towards the heating and lighting costs of the church. The fees, in addressed envelopes, should be handed to the Minister at the time of the rehearsal. These are:

Organist £65

[Payable to Organist]

Church (payment includes Church Officer) £220 (non-members)

[Payable to Fetteresso Church]

Wedding Rehearsal

The Minister will arrange for a rehearsal prior to the wedding. Apart from the Bride and Groom, the Bride’s Father or guardian, the Best Man, the Bridesmaid(s) and any other interested parties are invited to meet at the Church to rehearse the procedure at the service. The Marriage Schedule and hymn sheets should be taken to the Church at the time of the rehearsal with the relevant fees.

General Wedding Service Outline

Music - choice for entry

Welcome

Prayer

Hymn:

Reading(s)

Reflection

Marriage and Blessing

Signing Register

Prayers

Hymn:

Benediction

Music - choice for exit

Your Vows

BRIDE

I .............. in the presence of God

and before those gathered here, now take you ..............

to be my wedded husband.

To have and to hold from this day forward,

For better for worse, For richer, for poorer,

In sickness and in health, To love and to cherish you,

for as long as we both shall live.

This is my solemn vow to you.

GROOM

I ................... in the presence of God

and before those gathered here, now take you ...................

to be my wedded wife.

To have and to hold from this day forward,

For better for worse, For richer, for poorer,

In sickness and in health, To love and to cherish you,

for as long as we both shall live.

This is my solemn vow to you.

The Wedding Day

Groom

The Groom and Best Man should come to the Vestry about 25 minutes before the service is due to begin. They may want to welcome guests at the door, but should make their way to the front of the church at least 10 minutes before the service to wait with the Minister until the Bride arrives at the Church.

Bride

The Bride will enter the Church at the main door where the Church Officer will be in attendance. After all photographs have been taken, the Church Officer will in- form the Minister, who will indicate to the Groom and Best Man to come forward and stand on the chancel area facing the Communion Table. The Minister will then go to the vestibule to meet the Bride. The minister will then come forward and invite all to stand as we receive the Bridal party. The processional music will then begin and the Bridal party come down the left-hand aisle. The Bride will be on the right arm of her father or guardian. When the bride reaches the front of the Church, her father or guardian will leave her and take his place in the front seats. The Bridesmaid(s) and Flower Girl(s) stand to the left of the Bride.

Signing the Marriage Schedule

This takes place following the marriage ceremony (see Order of Service outline). A table is set up on the chancel with the Schedule ready for signing. The Minister will invite the Best Man and Chief Bridesmaid to sign along with him first. Then the Bride and Groom will follow on to sign. The Bride will take a seat to sign.

Leaving the Church

At the conclusion of the service following the Blessing, the organist will play processional music and the Bridal Party, led by the Bride and Groom will turn on the chancel and proceed down the Aisle to the front door of the church.