Congratulations on your engagement! What a huge and wonderful step you are are about to take together!
We are delighted that you might consider celebrating your wedding at your parish church and we look forward to learning how we might support and help you to make the most of your very special day.
Marriage is a very ancient idea. The Bible says that it goes back to the very beginning when God made humankind, male and female. (Genesis 2.24) 'For this reason a man will leave his mother and father and and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.'
Many people come to the church because they say that they are seeking 'a proper wedding'.
The vows in a Church wedding are traditional, solemn and important:
".... 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,
till death us do part."
These words are also foundational for a marriage which is life-long and life-giving.
But we all come from different backgrounds and have different experiences.
So some might feel that the Church would not welcome them. Many are surprised to discover that their perceptions were based on common myths.
- I can not be married in church if I have not been baptized
- I can not be married in church if I have a child
- Anyone who has been divorced is not eligible for a church wedding
Whatever your background, we welcome your inquiry about a church wedding and would love to meet you to discuss your plans. The clergy understand that every situation is unique and will spend time listening to you so that they know how best to support you at this important time.
The first step is to make contact with the church and arrange to meet the vicar
Please email Revd Wendy Thomson at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01354 692173 to make an appointment to discuss your plans. At the initial meeting, you will be asked you bring along some identification with you such as a passport or a birth certificate, and something with your address. If you are not a resident of Chatteris, you will be asked to describe a link you have with the town, perhaps through your parents or grandparents.
You will be invited to a wedding planning session
After you have booked your wedding date, please plan to join us for our annual Wedding Planning Session. This is usually held in the Bricstan Hall each year on the last Sunday in January from 2:30- 4:00 pm. During this session we review the wedding service and help you to personalize it just for you. Many couples find this a useful and fun opportunity to meet other couples and discuss their wedding. We will also set the dates for your Banns to be read, your wedding rehearsal, and answer any questions you may have.
What about the Marriage Preparation Course?
Many couples spend up to 250 hours planning their wedding, but very little time, if any, planning for married life. There are many things you can do to begin building a lifelong, happy marriage. Investing in your relationship before you are married will reap rewards for many years to come. This is optional but highly recommended free course which includes 5 sessions.
How much does will my church wedding cost?
Wedding fees are set nationally by the Archbishops’ council for the whole Church of England and are set out below for 2018.
The Marriage service £539.00
Musician (organ or piano) £ 60.00
Verger (to assist the vicar) £ 50.00
Total for wedding £629.00
Optional Extras may include:
Soloist (to sing during the signing of the registers and provide a vocal lead with the singing of hymns and songs): £80.00
Playing CDs (requires someone on the sound desk): £20.00
For more information about weddings in the Church of England, follow this link:
A second (or more) copy of your marriage certificate can be provided at a later date for £10.00 (fee may increase in June 2018)
If you are planning to be married at another church and need to have your banns called in Chatteris, please download the Banns of Marriage Application pdf file from the link at the bottom of this page (below). The fee for the publication of your Banns, as well as providing a certificate is £ 43.00. Cheques can be made out to Chatteris Parish Church P.C.C.
A Banns application form may be downloaded from the link below: