Why choose a Church wedding?

Couples choose a wedding in church for a number of reasons
For some people, family tradition is the most important reason. They choose to get married in the same church as their parents and grandparents before them. This sense of family history means that the church is the ‘right place’ for their wedding and helps them realise how precious this moment is in the life of their family as well as in their own lives. 
For others, it may be that taking their vows in a sacred place gives them a sense of the significance of the step that they are taking and strengthens their resolve to be true to each other.  

For some, it may be that their Christian faith leads them to ask for God’s help and support as they begin their married life together. They want their Christian family, the Church, to pray for them as they come to this significant point in their life. The support of the Church and their belief in God is vital as they commit their lives to each other.

What about you?
If you are reading this then you might be thinking about getting married and wondering whether All Saints Church is the right place for you. You do not have to be a regular churchgoer or even to have been christened. You can get married here if just one of the following bullet points applies to at least one of you:    
  • one of you lives in the parish of All Saints Kettering. (If you are not sure then go to http://www.achurchnearyou.com/parishmap.php and enter your postcode.)
  • one of you has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months
  • one of you was baptised in this parish      
  • one of you was prepared for confirmation in this parish   
  • one of you has at any time regularly gone to normal church services at All Saints for a period of at least 6 months
  • one of your parents, at any time after you were born, has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months 
  • one of your parents, at any time after you were born, has regularly gone to normal church services at All Saints for a period of at least 6 months 
  • one of your parents or grandparents was married at All Saints church.
At one time, you had very little choice about which Church was available for your marriage without making complicated arrangements but now there are probably a fair number of churches for you to choose.

What about a second marriage?
If one of you has been married before then this does not necessarily disqualify you from getting married at All Saints Church. The Parish Priest will discuss the matter with you and may offer to marry you in Church or offer to conduct a Wedding Blessing after a Civil Ceremony.

Is it expensive?
We try to keep costs down so the usual package of statutory fees and parochial fees for a wedding at All Saints is set to a maximum of £535 in 2015, assuming you both live in the parish of All Saints. This includes the statutory fee of £441 plus organist, flowers and the fee for you to video the ceremony. You might prefer to make your own arrangements for flowers or music.
You will get a full breakdown of costs at the first meeting you attend to discuss your wedding. 
If one or both of you live in another parish then you must have banns called in your parish church. The fee is £41 payable to each church concerned. You will be given a certificate when the banns have been called three times and this has to be passed on to the Fr Tim Dawson (Vicar at All Saints). Without the certificate your marriage cannot take place.


The Church of England has an excellent website to help you plan your wedding. Just go to http://yourchurchwedding.org/ 
If you want to find out more about getting married at All Saints then please ring
the Fr Tim on 01536 394473 in order to arrange a meeting. Even better, come along to All Saints next Sunday at 10.30am, find out what we are like, and talk us over coffee afterwards. 


This hymn was chosen by a couple who were married at All Saints Church. It really captures the joy of a Christian marriage. It is sung to the same tune as ‘Morning has broken.’

Come to a wedding, 
Come to a blessing, 
Come on a day when happiness sings! 
Come rain or sun, 
Come winter or summer,                                              
Celebrate love and all that it brings.                  

Thanks for the love, 
That holds us together, 
Parent and child, and lover and friend; 
Thanks to the God, 
Whose love is our centre, 
Source of compassion, knowing no end.

Love is the gift, 
And love is the giver, 
Love is the gold that 
Makes the day shine; 
Love forgets self to care for the other, 
Love changes life from water to wine.
Come to this wedding, 
Asking a blessing, 
For all the years that living will prove; 
Health of the body, 
Health of the spirit, 
Now to you both we offer our love.

Words: Shirley Erena Murray © 1992 Hope Publishing Company. 

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