We are delighted when people choose to be married at All Saints’. On this page you will find the essential information you need. You may also like to take a look at these websites, which include help with hymns, bible readings and choices for your wedding ceremony: Your Church Wedding, and Chelmsford Diocese.
All Saints’ Parish Office is open on Wednesday evenings from 7.00 – 8.00 pm for marriage enquiries. If you go round the back of the Church into the Church Centre, the entrance to the office is through the first door on your left. Alternatively you can call 01245 352274 at these times, or leave a voicemail message when the office is closed. Or you can contact Revd Susan Iskander, 01245 356720, email@example.com.
Why Get Married In Church?
There are many reasons why a church wedding is extra special – the moving words of the marriage service, the music and prayers, the beauty and atmosphere of the historic church building, the way the priest makes your wedding very personal and memorable for you, and the sense that your marriage is truly blessed and has that all-important spiritual dimension.
Can We Get Married At All Saints’?
Yes, if one or both of you will be living in the parish on your wedding day (you will find a map showing the parish boundary on the How to Find Us page), or if you come regularly (at least once a month) to Sunday services at All Saints' for at least six months before your wedding. You can also be married here if you or your family have some other special connection with All Saints’, for example:
if one of you has previously lived in the parish for at least six months;
if one of you was baptised or prepared for confirmation at All Saints’;
if one of your parents has lived in the parish or come to All Saints’ church services, for at least six months since you were born;
if one of your parents or grandparents was married at All Saints’.
If you are unsure about this and would like to discuss it further, please speak to one of the clergy. You should also talk to them if either of you has been married before, or is a foreign national, so that these issues can be properly addressed.
There are some legal requirements for a church wedding, please go to the Your Church Wedding website for details. These include the need for you to provide evidence of your nationality (such as your passports). If you are both citizens of the UK, another country in the EEA (European Economic Area), or Switzerland, then you can get married following the publication of banns in church. If one or both of you are not an EEA or Swiss national, you will need to obtain a superintendent registrar's certificate, through a process which we can explain to you.
Preparing For Your Marriage
Once you have decided that you would like to be married at All Saints’, please come to the Parish Office to book a date and time for your wedding – you can be married on any day of the week. You will be given some more information, about fees, having your banns of marriage called, and options such as having an organist, choir, bell ringers, church flowers, and video recording. We will also ask you to come to one of our Marriage Preparation Days, which are held twice a year on a Saturday in the Church Centre.
About two months before your marriage the priest who is going to marry you will arrange to meet with you and plan your wedding with you, helping you to decide which readings, prayers or hymns you would like to include in the service. About a week before, you will have a wedding rehearsal in the church, and then it will be your big day!