Weddings 

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Millie and Toby were married in St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock by Millie's gran, Rev Nerissa Jones (who also married her daughter, Millie's Mum, some thirty years earlier! ) 
Some wonderful news in a challenging 2020

Whichever one of our beautiful churches you are considering, we are delighted that you have chosen to be married in church.

Planning and preparation for a wedding is a time of joy and exciting but it is also a very busy time, and for those wishing to marry during 2020, it was a frustrating time of delay and disappointment.  However, with many couples now looking forward to their weddings in 2021, we are hopeful that we can look forward to a wonderful year of ceremonies.  

We in this group of churches are here to help you in any way we can and we want to make sure that together we can help prepare a meaningful and personal marriage service to provide a wonderful start to your life together.

You may find Your Church Wedding, a Church of England website, helpful as it runs through everything you need to think about in planning your marriage, including the legal requirements. 

 

In the first instance we would love to meet you and talk about your wedding, so please contact us to make an appointment to meet, where we can talk about the next steps in this exciting journey.  You can email us by following the link at the bottom of this page.

You can get in touch at any time for advice, if you have any questions or just for a chat! 

With my very best wishes and prayers for your special day.

  

Rev Chris Grasske

David and Sarah's Autumn wedding was the last of 2020, here the happy couple are photographed with the stunning backdrop of Colmers Hill

We are taking bookings for weddings in 2022 and 2023, so do please get in touch if you want to discuss your special day and secure your date.  

Marriage Registration Changes

You may have heard that the way marriages are registered is changing.  This doesn't mean that you will have to do anything extra, but your marriage certificate will be a little different from those issued since 1837.  For the first time there is an opportunity to include not just your father's details, but also your mother's details - or a step-parent or adoptive parent.  While marriage certificates have been issued at the time of your wedding, they will now be issued by the Register Office and mailed to you following on from your wedding.  You are, of course, officially married at the time of your wedding, and we will provide you with an acknowledgement of this for you to take away.

We will explain all these changes, as well as provide useful information about your wedding, in our wedding preparation booklet, sent out with our booking forms.  You can contact us via the email link at the bottom of the page.

Wedding Preparation Morning

Providing any national restrictions allow, in the early part of the year of your wedding, you will be invited to our annual Wedding Preparation Morning, usually held in St John the Baptist Church, Symondsbury.  This year's morning was held on Saturday 17th April.  The sun shone and we were able to spend most of the morning in the tranquil surroundings of the churchyard.  

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Marriage Blessings

If you get married at a civil ceremony and would like your marriage blessed by God, we offer a Marriage Blessing. 
The Marriage Blessing acknowledges the commitment already made between husband and wife during a civil ceremony and asks for God’s blessing and guidance in your new life together.  

Because it is not a marriage service, banns are not required, there is no exchange of rings and there is no signing of the Register, but it can be designed to have a similar feel to a wedding with hymns, readings, flowers and even bells if you would like that, or it can be an intimate, low key affair.

You can have a blessing in any church of your choice, so long as the church and the vicar are free on your preferred date.

In the first instance, please contact us to make an appointment to meet Rev Chris, who can discuss Marriage Blessings and let you know what the next steps are.  You can contact us via the email link at the bottom of this page. 

 

Please get in touch if you have any questions.   

David and FIona were married in the Summer 2020 in
St Mary Magdalene, Loders.  Fiona pictured here entering the Church for the last time as a single lady. 

Many thanks to our couples for allowing us to share their beautiful pictures