Weddings

We are so glad that you are thinking about booking to get married at St John's Woodley. 
To book your Wedding, please call the Church office 0118 969 7956 to make an appointment.
We hope you will find this checklist helpful in making the plans for your wedding.
  1. Booking the date
Do this as soon as you can, so that we can book it in the church diary and with, where possible, a Clergy person to conduct the service. Unless there are very unusual circumstances, we can only agree to conduct a service for you if either one partner lives in the parish, or if you worship here regularly, and are on the Electoral Roll of the church. It is sometimes possible for us to conduct a wedding if either of you is divorced or has a former partner still living, and we will be happy to discuss this with you further.
  1. Banns
These will normally be called approximately in the month before the date of your wedding, usually on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays in the 10am service.  If one of you lives in another parish, we shall need to know the name of that parish before Banns are called here.
If one of you lives in another Parish, you must arrange for Banns to be called at the other church, which must be a Church of England. This must be done on 3 consecutive Sundays during the 3 months before your wedding, and you will have to bring a Certificate from the other parish to confirm that this has been done, before your wedding can legally take place.
  1. Marriage Preparation day
We expect all couples getting married at St John's to attend a Marriage preparation day, held on a Saturday in the early spring. Here you will meet the clergy team, and have an opportunity to look at the Marriage service.  This is also a good time to meet the person who will be conducting your wedding service.
  1. Planning the service
The person conducting your service will arrange with you the order of your wedding service. You will need to choose 2 or 3 hymns, and Bible readings, which you may wish to invite a friend or relative to read.  A date will also be arranged for a rehearsal - this is normally during the week before the wedding.  There is no Choir, but we can give you a list of singers you may like to book to sing during the signing of the registers.  Otherwise, the Organist will play suitable music.
  1. Video Recording
If you wish to have Video recording made of the service, you will be asked to complete a form asking you to agree to certain conditions. The form has to be countersigned by the person or representative of the firm making the recording.  We at St John's want to help you make your Wedding Day the most special day in your life.  You will be busy over the next few months preparing all the practical arrangements for the day itself, but we’d also like to encourage you to take time to prepare for the public commitment you will be making to each other, before God, for the rest of your earthly lives.
  1. Flowers
You may choose to have flowers in the church for your wedding. St John's are happy to organize this through their flower ladies. Please ask for more details.
Do use the time before your Wedding Day to talk together about the things that will be important to each of you for your future lives together after the day itself. You are going to take your vows in the name of God - so you will perhaps be wondering what sort of God He is, and what relevance He has for your daily life.
We believe that God created marriage between man and a woman, and He wants to help you make a success of your marriage.   So we invite you to come along to our Sunday services, where you will find a warm welcome, and discover more of God's love for yourselves.  Do come to hear your banns being read, normally at the main 10am Sunday service at St John’s.  We would love to invite you to explore with us the importance of the Christian faith and experience we share at the different churches in our team.
We pray with you, that your Wedding Day will be a happy one, and will do all we can to help you now and in the future.


For more information: Church of England Weddings