Weddings at St. Luke's
7Marriage is a wonderful institution. Taken seriously by both people in a relationship it brings real blessing and joy. At St. Luke's we love to be a part of celebrating this momentous step in people's lives and we believe that marriages can be deeply enriched by learning what its creator God has to teach us about it.
Can I get married at St. Luke's?
Firstly, you need to 'qualify' in one of the following ways to be allowed to be married at St. Luke's:
a. One of you lives in St. Luke's parish. A parish is a legally defined geographical area around the church. To check whether you live in St. Luke's parish or to find which parish you do live in then just check out this website: www.achurchnearyou.com/index.php . You can also qualify if you or any of your parents have lived in St. Luke's parish for 6 months or more at any time.
b. You have been baptised at St. Luke's or you or any of your parents have attended the church regularly for six months or more.
c. Any of your parents or your grandparents have been married at St. Luke's.
Secondly, at St. Luke's I'm afraid we do not marry those who have been married before and whose previous husband or wife is still alive.
How much does it cost?
The cost in 2017 is £471. This includes everything you need for a wedding to take place at St. Luke's including playing recorded music. You will of course need to pay for and arrange for any extras that you want yourself. E.g. photographers, printed orders of service, flower displays etc..
What is marriage all about?
A wedding day itself can be a wonderful occasion. At its core, however, are some amazing and very serious promises that a husband and wife make to each other (see the sidebar). These promises involve committing to be together and faithful to each other until death parts you - no matter what life may throw at you. It is a massive commitment, but when it is taken seriously it brings wonderful blessings and a great foundation for family life.
What do I need to do?
If you are interested in a wedding at St. Luke's, then please contact Paul, the vicar, to arrange to meet up and confirm dates (we rarely say "No" to any date requested) on 01843 592562 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
The commitment is summed up beautifully in the promises that you make to one another in the wedding service itself: