Preparing for your Wedding Service of Holy Matrimony
As the Pastoral Introduction to the Marriage Service (Common Worship, 2000) tells us ‘a wedding is one of life’s great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy.’ On this, your wedding day, you make serious promises and commitments and receive God’s Blessing on a life-long covenant before witnesses.
The Wedding Service of Holy Matrimony is largely traditional, sacramental and very moving; and the Priest, Organist, Wedding Co-ordinator and Wedding Vergers share a wish to make your day unique and one to be treasured. Therefore, the Order of Service, choice of hymns from the Hymn Booklet, and the music at the beginning and the end of the service, and during the signing of the Marriage Certificates should be undertaken with great care to reflect the dignity and joy of the occasion. Your choice of readings too, scriptural and secular, should be meaningful and special to you.
Yes, of course, your reception, flowers, photographs, transport and personal needs are important, as also your choice of Bridesmaids and Best Man. However, you have chosen to be married according to the Church’s Rite of Marriage, so planning your service for your wedding day should be exciting and challenging. So, remember, we are here to help you in this wonderful and joyous task of thorough preparation for your special day.