Why get married at St Augustine’s?

Our church will provide you with a beautiful, historic venue for your wedding – a place where thousands of couples before you have chosen to make their vows and dedicate their lives to  each other in love.

Getting married in Church adds that special and unique spiritual dimension to your wedding as the priest prays for God’s guidance and God’s blessing on you as a couple. Remember that if you marry in a secular venue or a Registry Office you are not allowed to have any ‘religious’ dimension to your wedding.

In getting married in church, in front of your family and friends, you are making your vows in the presence of God, who will be there for you, as we will be here at St Augustine’s, to support you in good times and in bad, and to help you keep the vows you have made.

Our clergy between them have taken hundreds of weddings – so they know what they are talking about!  They can offer support and advice as they play a crucial role as they work with you to make your day personal, memorable and meaningful for you.

There are lots of choices for hymns, readings and music for the service to make it special.  At St Augustine’s we take our music seriously and employ a professional musician as our Director of Music and have a very good choir.

Frequently asked questions

Can I get married in St Augustine’s if I don’t live in the Parish?

If you can show that one of you:

  1. has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months, or
  2. was baptised (christened) in St Augustine’s or the now demolished church of St Hilary, Trowbridge
  3. is confirmed and your confirmation was entered in the register of confirmations for a church or chapel in the parish (this will usually be the case if you were prepared for confirmation in the parish), or
  4. has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in St Augustine’s or St Hilary’s for a period of at least 6 months

or

That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:

  1. has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months, or
  2. has regularly gone to normal church services in St Augustine’s or St Hilary’s for a period of at least 6 months

or

That one of your parents or grandparents:

  1. was married in the parish

…then yes, you can! If none of the above apply and you don’t live in the parish you can create a qualifying connection by worshipping regularly at St Augustine’s for a period of six months. Please speak to the clergy if this is the case for you.

When we come to see you to book our wedding do we need to bring anything with us?

All couples will need to bring their passport as proof of nationality. If you don’t have a passport, there are other documents which would be acceptable, so ask us about this.

  • If either or both of you are divorced, you will need to bring your decree absolute for us to see.
  • You may also be asked to provide evidence of your connection to our church, such as utility bills which show you live or have lived in the parish, or your parents’ marriage certificate if they were married there, for example. We will guide you on acceptable documents for your particular connection.

We are a same-sex couple, can we get married in St Augustine’s?

Although same sex-marriage legislation is now in force, it sadly remains the case that it is not legally possible for same-sex couples to marry in the Church Wales. Here at St Augustine’s, we wish this wasn’t the case and some of us are actively working to bring the changes necessary to enable this to happen. We would, however, be happy to offer a Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving after a Civil Marriage for you.

Whats does a church wedding cost?

Getting married in church currently (for 2018) costs £430.00 for the wedding service.

(This fee is set on 1st January every year and increases by only a small amount each year.  If a wedding is booked in 2018 for a subsequent year, couples must pay the correct fee in the year of their wedding.)

There are then local fees set by St Augustine’s for those who take part in the service and help to make the day special for you. They are due for revision for January 2019, please allow for a modest increase in the fees.

The Verger £40.00

(This fee is compulsory as the Verger opens up the church on the day of the wedding and tidies up afterwards)

The Organist £100.00

(Please note that this fee is doubled to £200.00 is your service is professionally recorded)

The Church Choir £100.00

The Bells £160.00

What about flowers in church?

There are fresh flowers placed in church for every Sunday, except during Lent and Advent, so you may not feel the need to order flower especially for the Church. However, if you want to colour co-ordinate our church flowers with your colour scheme, or ask our Flower Ladies to make extra arrangements for your wedding, please let us know.  You will be asked to pay for the cost of the flowers, and invited to make a donation to our Flower Fund. This works out much cheaper that having them professionally made up and delivered to church, although we are more than happy to work with outside Florists as well.

Organ Music

The organist will play music at the Entrance of the Bride and the Recessional. Please choose your music from the options listed below. Other pieces may be possible, but these must always be discussed with the Director of Music in advance. However, please note that not all music is playable on the organ. The organist will also play a selection of pieces before the service and during the signing of the register.

Entrance of the Bride

1) Prelude from Te Deum (M-A Charpentier)
2) The Prince of Denmark’s March (J Clarke)
3) March from Scipione (G F Handel)
4) Trumpet Tune (H Purcell)
5) Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (R Wagner)

Recessional

1) Gravement from Piece d’Orgue (J S Bach)
2) Toccata (T Dubois)
3) Alla Hornpipe from Water Music (G F Handel)
4) Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (F Mendelssohn)
5) Bridal March and Finale from The Birds (C H H Parry)

Hymns

It is usual to have either two or three hymns during the ceremony. The following list of suggestions are popular and well known hymns. These are all printed in the hymn books available in the church (hymn number in brackets). Other hymn choices may be made, but please remember that these will need to be approved by the priest and Director of Music. You should try to make sure that your hymn choices are well known and easy to sing (top tip – if you don’t know it, it is unlikely your guests will know it either!). Advice is always available from the Director of Music if you are unsure about which hymns to pick.

All people that on earth do dwell (334)
All things bright and beautiful (264)
Christ is made the sure foundation (205)
Come down, O Love divine (137)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind (353)
For the beauty of the earth (285)
Glorious things of thee are spoken (362)
Guide me, O thou great Redeemer (368)
I danced in the morning when the world was begun (375)
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (393)
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy (239)
Love Divine, all loves excelling (408)
Morning has broken (237)
Now thank we all our God (413)
Praise, my soul the King of heaven (436)
Praise the Lord! ye heavens, adore him (437)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation (440)
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want (459)
The following hymns are also suitable, but ARE NOT printed in the hymn books in the church:
Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)
Be still, for the presence of the Lord
Come to a wedding
Give me joy in my heart
Great is thy faithfulness
One more step along the world I go
We pledge to one another

Arranging your church wedding at  St Augustine’s Parish Church, Rumney.

Please fill in an enquiry form and we will get back to you at the earliest opportunity with an appointment for you to come and visit us to talk about your wedding plans. When you visit you will need to bring the following:

Photographic proof of identity – passport or driving licence

Proof of your address – a household utilities bill, council tax bill or bank statement

If either of you have been previously married, we will need to see the court copy with the official cost stamp of your Decree Absolute