St Peter's Church is a beautiful setting for any wedding and is a great place to make your vows to each other before God. In order for your wedding to take place in our church you must meet the legal requirements set by the Church of England.
To be married at St Peter’s Church, Mancetter, one of you must either live in the Parish or have a “Qualifying Connection” to it
one of them was baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish;
one of them has ever lived in the parish for six months or more;
one of them has at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for six months or more;
one of their parents has lived in the parish for six months or more in their child’s lifetime;
one of their parents has regularly attended public worship there for six months or more in their child’s lifetime;
their parents or grandparents were married in the parish.
Documents you’ll need
All couples will need to show their passport as proof of nationality. If you don’t have a passport, there are other documents which would be acceptable, so ask about this.
If either or both of you are divorced, you will need to bring your decree absolute for the vicar to see.
You may also be asked to provide evidence of your connection to the church, such as utility bills which show you live or have lived in the parish, or your parents’ marriage certificate if they were married there.
Banns of Marriage
We will let you know the dates of the three Sundays when your Banns are to be read out at St Peter’s Church, Mancetter. Please do come along to hear them read out – it will help to ensure that the details are correct.
Banns need to be read in the parish where each of you lives as well as the church in which you are to be married, if that is somewhere else. After the 3 reading you will need to collect the certificate(s) and hand it to us (Jane and Caroline). Without it, you cannot be married! There will be a fee payable to that Church(s) for the certificate. Please note that these Banns cannot be read out more than three months before the date of the wedding.
Flowers in Church
It would be appreciated if you would discuss any requirements for floral displays with Mandy Coult. Please email Mandy:
We can arrange for an organist to play at your wedding – please discuss your choice of hymns. For your entrance and exit music, and during the signing of the register, you have the choice of music played on the organ or CDs may be played through our sound system.
Please contact Keith Whitehead 07872388267 or Sharon Whitehead 07725465678
We will arrange a mutually convenient date & time for a wedding rehearsal, near to the actual day. This will usually require the couple, both sets of parents, best man, bridesmaids/page boys, ushers etc – any who are able to attend.
They can be paid in instalments although the full balance would need to be paid in full a week before the Wedding date..
If you wish to pay by cheque, payment must be received at least one month before the wedding.
A non-returnable deposit of £100 is payable at the time of booking. This will be deducted from the total when your final payment is requested.
We do not want your special service disturbed and so photographs are only allowed to be taken during the signing of registers and as you leave the Church.
We do allow a video to be made of the wedding service provided the photographer films from a position agreed with the member of clergy and is discreet. Professional recorders require a copyright licence.
We are an Eco-Church and would appreciate your guests being asked not to use foil confetti as it does not biodegrade and clogs mowers – thank you.
As far as your wedding service in Church is concerned, the following arrangements need to be in place at least THREE MONTHS before your Wedding Day:
Music (organist requirements – hymns & CD’s)
Order of Service sheet
Other things that need to be finalised before the rehearsal are:
Witnesses (2 required)
Number of rings being used
Number of bridesmaids
Who is ‘giving’ the bride away
Any other specific requests for the service (eg named people involved or mentioned in the service / prayers)
Please visit https://www.yourchurchwedding.org/ for more information about church wedding