Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage.
Banns of marriage
A wedding in church is a legal occasion, as well as a spiritual one, and the system of “reading banns” is the way the church ensures that an upcoming marriage will be legal and valid. The banns are simply an announcement of the couple’s intention to marry.
They are read at Holy Trinity (first three Sundays in the month before the wedding, normally at the main morning service at 10.00 am), and they are also read at parish churches (that is, Church of England churches) if you don’t live in the Holy Trinity parish. If you are not a resident of this parish, you must also have banns read at the church of the parish where you do live. If you don’t know who your local vicar is, please ask the Church Office staff who will find out for you.
Please contact the church office for a banns form:
Tel 01603 622225 or email email@example.com
You may find the national wedding website helpful as you plan: www.yourchurchwedding.org
At the first meeting with one of our clergy, details of the wedding service can be discussed. You may like to choose a special Bible passage to be read - the clergy will give some suggestions if you need help in this.
The organist usually arranges to meet you both in church and give you help, if needed, in choosing hymns and music.
The flower organiser will gladly suggest colour schemes and special arrangements which can be made for your special day.