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Marriage Service

Our marriage service guide presents the full order of a marriage service but there are a number of choices for you to make. This sample order of service provides an example taken from a recent wedding.

Wedding at St Mary's Church

Photograph used by kind permission of Perribrook Wedding Photography


We encourage couples to choose up to two of their own readings, one of which must be a Bible reading. You may wish to choose these from a list of popular wedding readings.


We also encourage couples to choose their own wedding prayers. We ask couples to choose one from each of the four sections:

  • Thanksgiving
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Faithfulness, Joy, Love, Forgiveness and Healing
  • Children, other Family Members and Friends

Alternatively, you may wish to suggest prayers from a prayer book.


Most couples choose two or three hymns, as well as organ music to be played as the bride enters and as the couple leave the church.

St. Mary's has an adult, robed mixed voice choir available to sing at most weddings. Congregational hymn singing is an important and integral part of the Wedding Service and the choir will provide choral support to lead the congregation during the singing of hymns.

They have a wide repertoire of anthems and songs from well known classical pieces to more recent compositions, which are suitable for the choir to sing during the signing of the registers. Due to the limited size of the choir on weekdays these anthems and songs are not available.

To help you in your choice of music the choir usually hold a Wedding Music Evening, to which you will be invited. During the evening popular wedding hymns and anthems will be sung. Our organist will also play a wide variety of music suitable for your wedding.


We have a peal of bells which you can choose to have rung at the end of the service as the couple leave the church.


We recommend you organise your own florist to arrange the floral decorations. We do ask and would be grateful if you would leave a pedestal arrangement for our Sunday Services.

Photographs and Video

We are happy for photographs to be taken once the service is over, at the signing of the Register and subsequently.

Wedding at St Mary's Church

Photograph used by kind permission of Perribrook Wedding Photography

If you are planning to video the service, you will need to sign our Permission to Video form, which will cover the need for you to obtain a copyright licence.

Service Sheets

If you plan to have Service sheets printed, we recommend you have them proof read by our Choir Secretary.


Please phone Rev. John Spiers to make a date and time for a rehearsal which will take about 40 minutes. At the rehearsal we need the couple together with best man, bridesmaid, and parents. Please bring with you a copy of your order of service, so we know the hymns and readings, and a list of the prayers you have chosen. We will walk through the service with everyone standing in the right place and saying the right words which will help you to feel more at ease on the day and for the service to run smoothly.