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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.

To help you in your choice of music, the organist(s) will usually play at lunchtime during the marriage preparation weekend where you will also be able to talk to them about your personal preferences.


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 an official photographer to take photos during the service, however for full details please contact our weddings administrator who will be happy to guide you.

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 contact one of the clergy to make a date and time for a rehearsal which will take about an hour. 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.


For any further information, please contact:

  • Iris Scammells
  • 01252 873503