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Booking a wedding

Booking a wedding
To book a wedding please contact the The Revd Ruth Hind on 01845 567429. We would be delighted to hear from you.
If one or both of you live in the parish, and if neither of you have been in a previous marriage that has ended in divorce, then you have a right to be married in the parish church.

Even if you are divorced it is usually possible for you to be married in Church and on the rare occasions where this is not possible we would be able to offer a service of blessing as an alternative.

If you live outside the parish but still have strong connections here, for example, you grew up here or your parents still live here, then it may still be possible for you to be married here. Please contact Ruth to discuss the possibilities.

Also see the page "Your Church Wedding" which links to the Church of England website, and gives the full and up-to-date information on getting married in church.

wedding fees


Calling of Banns (Incumbent's fee) £15.00 (PCC fee) £7.00
Banns certificate (if wedding elsewhere) £12
Marriage service (Incumbent's fee) £126.00 (PCC fee) £134.00
Marriage certificate £3.50
(subsequent copy £7)
Local Church Fee £75.00

Organist £75.00
Additional fee for organist if video £25.00
Bells (if available):
On exit only £85.00

Please pay fees two weeks in advance of the wedding if possible, with separate cheques made payable to the Ripon and Leeds DBF (incumbent's fee) and the church where the wedding is to take place (PCC fee – i.e. “St Michael’s Kirklington LCC” or “St Lambert’s Burneston LCC” or “St Mary’s Wath LCC” or “All Saints’ Pickhill LCC”).

Organist’s and bellringers’ fees in cash please!

Banns have to be called in the Parish Church in which each of the parties is resident. If you are being married in Kirklington, Burneston, Wath or Pickhill Church, and one or both of you is resident elsewhere, please let the minister who is taking the service have the Banns Certificate from the other church before the wedding day. The Banns are called at morning services on three Sundays, approximately six weeks before the wedding day.

Flowers are your responsibility to arrange. You may have friends or family who wish to do the flowers for you or you may employ a professional florist. The Church has certain facilities, for example flower stands, which we can make available to you. We also have certain requirements for the positioning of flowers for Sunday services.

Please check with a Churchwarden concerning the occasion when you wish to have access to the Church for the wedding flowers to be set up.

Video recording is not always possible and can only be done with the specific permission of the minister officiating at the service. In addition, certain requirements as to copyright law and extra fees have to be met. If you are interested in the possibility of such a recording, please ask for our special sheet about it so that it can be discussed further with the minister.

why get married in church

A marriage service, wherever it is held, is a public declaration of love and commitment to your partner.
If you choose to get married in church, there is an added dimension – the assurance that God cares about your relationship and that God's resources and strength are available to help you. Including God in your marriage doesn’t mean that you will avoid all the usual ups and downs, but you will know that you can look to God for help and guidance and that God's love will sustain you. You will also have the support and encouragement of the Christian Church family.
As you walk down the aisle you will be walking in the footsteps of thousands of people who have seen the church as an important focal point in their local community, a place where they have shared their joys and celebrations as well as their sorrows. The church you have chosen may have a special place in your lives, or you may be new to your area and have not yet made links with your local church. If you haven't already, make time to familiarise yourself with your local church, its worship and its congregation. When you marry in church, you are not in a building that is run as a commercial venture, you are married amongst a community of Christians, some of whom will pray for you in the run up to the big day.

Your wedding day will be one of the most important occasions in your life, but if one day can involve so much time and energy, then think about how much more time needs to be given to your ongoing marriage relationship.
The marriage service now assumes every couple will have taken part in some form of marriage preparations. You will meet and get to know the Rector (vicar) in advance of the wedding. She will not only be able to help, support and advise you in your planning, but also take time to discuss with you the meaning of marriage and the promises you will be making to one another in the service.

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