Weddings

The formalities

Can we get married in St Anne's Church?

To get married in St Anne's you must have a connection with Bagshot. You have an acceptable connection if either of you meet any of the following:

  • you reside in Bagshot, or have ever resided in Bagshot for at least 6 months
  • were baptised at St Anne's
  • are recorded in St Anne's confirmation register
  • have at any time regularly worshipped at St Anne's for at least 6 months
  • any parent has, during your lifetime, resided in Bagshot for at least 6 months or regularly worshipped at St Anne's for at least 6 months
  • any parent or grandparent was married is St Anne's.

You will no doubt have realised that even if you do not have an existing connection then you can still create one by regularly attending Sunday services at St Anne's for 6 months.

We are not British Citizens

If either of you are not British Citizens then you will need to apply for a Common Licence. You will need to provide passports and evidence of your address(es) and that you have a right to be in the UK. If this appies to you, please let us know. We can provide you with more details and assist you with your application.

I am a divorcee

While the Church believes in the sanctity of marriage, it recognises that some marriages do fail and that it would be wrong to penalise those to whom this has happened. Clergy have discretion as to whether they will marry a person who has been divorced. The Church provides guidelines, key among which are that there should be "distance" between the new relationship and the circumstances that caused the prior marriage to fail, and that the proposed marriage should have every prospect of being "until death do us part". If either of you are divorced then please make us aware of this. The vicar will need to discuss your situation, be assured that this will be in the utmost confidence.

What are banns, and is there an alternative?

Church marriages are either "after banns" or "by Licence". Banns is the most common. An announcement of the proposed wedding is read at the principal Sunday service on three consecutive weeks in the church in which the wedding is planned to take place, and in the home parish of each partner (if different). The classic words "If anyone knows reason why these people may not lawfully marry, you are to declare it now" are used! The alternative is to apply for a Licence, the choice is yours. In either case, we will advise you what arrangements you need to make.

When can we get married?

Most weddings at St Anne’s take place on Saturdays, although we are usually able to accommodate requests for other days, with the exception of Sundays.

Will I need a Registrar from the County Council?

No. A marriage conducted by a Church of England minister does not need another Registrar to be in attendance.

 


 

Planning your wedding service

These notes are intended to give you some ideas as to the structure of a wedding service. We can give you more information including suggestions as to music and prose that are popular.

The marriage service is an act of worship, and in particular a time to thank God for bringing you together as a couple, and to ask Him to bless your marriage in the future.

Music

Two or three hymns are usually sung in the service. The opening hymn often says something of the love of God. The middle hymn may be a quieter one about prayer, and the final hymn is usually one of celebration.

There are three times in the service when instrumental music is likely to be required. Our organist usually plays at these times, but some couples choose to have a singer during the signing of the registers, or to use recorded music or songs for some, or even all, of these.

  • When the bride makes her entrance to the church.
  • During the signing of the register.
  • When the couple leave the church.

The choice in all these matters is yours. It is, after all, your big day and should be as you want. You will need to discuss music with the priest and our organist. They can offer their experience and make suggestions to help you reach your decisions. Following a Sunday service our organist can often be heard playing samples of wedding music and popular hymns as he discusses choices with a couple who are soon to be married.

Readings

There will be at least one reading from the Bible. You may have another reading during the service. This may be a poem or other suitable text. You will agree the readings with us, and we will be able to offer you suggestions if you wish.

Choir

Most couples find that it very helpful to have our choir lead the singing of the hymns. When you book your wedding, you will be asked if you want to have the choir as well.

Bells

Our bellringers would love to ring the church bells after your wedding service. Again, we can talk about this when you book your wedding.

Photographs & video

A record of your wedding is a lasting keepsake. We allow unobtrusive photography for personal use. There are issues of Copyright and Performing Rights with any recording, even that done on a mobile phone, and we will advise you regarding the licences and agreements you will need.

Flowers

We have an experienced team who can provide floral arrangements in your chosen colours to enhance your wedding. Because they are familiar with the Church they have an understanding of what looks most effective. Alternatively you may arrange for decorations yourself within our guidelines which are there to prevent damage to the building and furniture. You may remove, perhaps to your reception, flowers that you have paid for, provided that at least one pedestal of flowers is left in the Church for the following services.

Confetti

Your guests may throw biodegradable confetti outside the building.

Witnesses

You will need two witness for the signing of the register. They are usually the Best Man and Chief Bridesmaid, but can be any two adults who know you.

Car Parking

There are a limited number of car parking spaces in the grounds of the church. On-street parking is available on the surrounding roads.

 

 

 

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What it means to be a Christian.

Christian life is lived in relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and in common with other Christians in the church seeking to deepen that relationship and to follow the way that Jesus taught.

For Christians God is understood and known as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

…Father… God is love, caring for creation and for every human being as God's beloved child.

…Son… God is as he has revealed himself to be in the historical person of Jesus Christ. Jesus' life, death and resurrection holds the key to knowing and loving God, and to making sense of life, before and after death.

…and Holy Spirit… God is alive, loving and active today, inspiring faith, justice and truth, sustaining the life of the world, giving spiritual gifts to the church and bearing his spiritual fruit in the world - changed lives and a transformed society.

For details of services please see our Worship - Services page.

For details and variations please see the calendar in our Worship - Services page.

 

About this page

This page provides some notes about getting married in St Anne's church.

The first part provides a simplified overview of the formalities, most of which are prescribed in Law. This overview must not be regarded as a definitive statement and it is importance that you discuss your individual circumstance with the vicar.

The second part provides an overview of planning the day itself. We also have available a more comprehensive booklet to help you plan your day and the vicar will give you a copy of this.

 

Marriage Preparation Day

A particular feature of the church's programme is a Marriage Preparation Day, usually held in the spring. All those planning to get married at St Anne's during the year are invited, and the workshops and speakers help the couples to think through the many issues they may encounter in their life together.

 

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