Welcome to St Mary's Platt

Weddings at St Mary’s Platt

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Wedding photography by Chris Jeffrey

 

Welcome

If you are thinking of getting married, congratulations and we wish you well in your life together. We hope that on this page you will find everything you would like to know about getting married at St Mary’s Platt.

In order to make your wedding day extra-special we aim:

  • to help your wedding, and its preparations to be a stress free and enjoyable experience from start to finish
  • to help you with choices that will make your wedding an individual and special occasion
  • to provide you with opportunities to focus on all that your marriage will mean to you, as well as the wedding service itself.
  • to acknowledge that marriage is always a life changing experience (no matter how long you have been living with your partner) and to ask God, however you understand him, to bless you both as you start this new time in your life.

 

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Wedding photography by Chris Jeffrey

 

Who can get married at St Mary’s Platt?

Unlike commercial wedding venues such as hotels, historic buildings and monuments, there are restrictions on who can marry at a Church of England church. This is because each church provides pastoral care for everyone within a certain geographic area (the parish). Wherever you live your pastoral care is the responsibility of your local Church of England parish church, and this would normally be the appropriate venue for your wedding. With this in mind, you can marry at St Mary’s Platt church if –

  • you are a resident of Platt Parish or you are on the electoral roll of the church or you have a connection of six months or longer as a child or you have a connection through your parents or grandparents *
  • you are both marrying for the first time, or do not have a previous marriage partner still alive *

* please contact Sylvia Woodward, churchwarden and wedding secretary, if you do not meet both of these requirements because there are some circumstances in which it is still possible to marry at St Marys Platt, or to have a Marriage Blessing

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What’s involved? Countdown to your Wedding

To discuss what is involved and/or to book a date for your wedding, please telephone Sylvia Woodward on 01732 883914

Sylvia will arrange a time when you can both come for an interview to formally book your wedding date. For the interview, please bring with you:

  • your passports
  • the full names of your fathers
  • your father’s occupations
  • the name of the parish(es) in which you live if you do not live Platt*
  • the name of the church in which you were christened (baptised) where relevant
  • £100 (cheque or cash) returnable deposit

* You can find out which parish you live in by visiting the Church of England website:
http://www.achurchnearyou.com/

We need a deposit because we don’t want to turn someone away because you have booked a date that you don’t subsequently use.

In January or February of the year in which you are to be married, Sylvia will send you a letter detailing what you need to do before the wedding. This includes such things as deciding upon (where applicable) flowers (more about flowers) and music (more about music), dates your Banns will be called (What are Banns?), sorting out details of the service with the wedding secretary, Sylvia Woodward, the date of your marriage preparation session and a date for your wedding rehearsal.

Do come to Church to hear your Banns read.

Check your Order of Service with the priest taking the service before it is printed. S/he or Sylvia Woodward can help you with this if you are preparing one yourself.

Send the balance of your fees to Sylvia one month before your wedding.

Come to a marriage preparation session

Come to your wedding rehearsal, usually on the Thursday before your wedding.

Enjoy your Wedding Day!

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Wedding photography by Chris Jeffrey

 

What does ‘Calling the Banns’ mean?

Before you can be married in church you must have your Banns read or ‘called’ in three services here in St Mary’s Platt during the three months before your wedding day. They also need to be read in the Parish Church of the parish in which you live, if you do not live in Platt. This is a legal requirement, and calls on anyone who knows a reason why you should not be married to raise an objection, for example if you were still married to someone else! This is, of course, almost always a formality, but it is still a part of the legal process.

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Do you have to be married on a Saturday?

Not at all, indeed, couples often find that it is considerably cheaper to be married on another day of the week. We can’t guarantee a full choir on a week day, if you want one, but we can usually meet your needs.

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Is a church wedding expensive?

No, it can be less expensive than some Registry Offices or other premises licensed to conduct weddings

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What is a Marriage Blessing?

This is a service offered to people who are already legally married. It can be a big occasion for some, following a quiet wedding at a Registry Office. For others it will be a service to mark a particular wedding anniversary, or other special event.

Please discuss this with Sylvia.

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Flowers

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There are several options available to you for decorating the church on your special day.

OPTION 1 – STANDARD ALTAR FLOWERS

To have two altar pedestals (as per normal Sunday services), made in white or cream the charge is £75 and other arrangements are by request.

OPTION 2 – SPECIAL OCCASION FLOWERS

It is possible for the church flower arranging team to undertake additional special arrangements in the church, free of labour costs. The cost of these arrangements varies; please see the attached sheet with all the details. The cost includes all the flowers, foliage and materials.

You may if you wish employ a florist, or ask family and friends to arrange the flowers. There are no costs for this but all materials and containers must be provided by you or your florist. You are welcome to use the pedestals already in church.

In ALL the options the flowers may be removed after the service with the exception of the altar pedestals which must remain in church for the Sunday services.

Please download the wedding flower order form and when you have decided which option you would like please let the Vicar and/or Sylvia (the wedding secretary) know. Then could you please ring Mrs Sarah Varney-Burch (01732 884476) to discuss all the details for the option you have chosen. If you are having additional flowers it is often easier to meet in church so you can see where the arrangements might go. You can then complete and return the attached form.

NB Please still ring even if you are doing the flowers yourself then we can adjust our rota.

Thank you

The Flower Arranging Team

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Music

If you would like the organ to be played at your wedding, you should contact Sarah de Mattos (01732) 353487, who will arrange a meeting to discuss the music with our organist Sara Skyrme. (see the Contacts Page). Sara will be able to help you choose, if you are unsure what music you would prefer. You may also choose to have the church choir to lead the singing of hymns and to sing choral works during the signing of the registers. If you would prefer a soloist to perform during the signing of the registers, please let Sarah know.

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