So you want to get married at St Peter’s – congratulations!
A church wedding is a joyful and deeply meaningful sacrament which is to say that it is one of the most sacred occasions in the lives of individuals and of the Church.
Over the years hundreds and hundreds of people have been married at St Peter’s. We see them as part of our church family and we pray for them. Many of them worship with us, sometimes Sunday by Sunday, in due course bringing their children along too. At the other end of the spectrum some only visit us on a rare visit to Edinburgh after many years. All are welcome here!
Christians believe that a church wedding is a blessing. We see it as part of our mission to create and maintain a beautiful place, dedicated to God where people can come together at one of the most intense moments in their lives. Jesus said that his disciple Peter was the rock on which he would build his church. As this church is dedicated to St Peter we are keen to encourage people to grow in faith and to build their married lives on a sure foundation.
Weddings are beautiful celebrations, but all the planning and preparations can be stressful for the prospective bride and groom. So, here is some practical information to help ensure that everything goes smoothly at the service on your special day.
Please contact the Rector before dates are finalised with reception venues, to ensure that the officiating minister (the rector or priest) and the building are available on your chosen date.
The Wedding Schedule
Without this essential document, the marriage cannot go ahead! At least 2 months before the date of your wedding, you need to make an appointment with the Registrar. You will be given a form entitled Marriage in Scotland and an application form for a wedding schedule. This has to be returned to the registrar with payment 4-6 weeks prior to the wedding.
The schedule is the legal document that must be signed by the bride and groom, officiating minister and the witnesses during the wedding service. It is a good idea to nominate someone to return the schedule to the registrar for you after the wedding within 3 working days of the ceremony.
Please give the Marriage Schedule to the officiating minister before the wedding day (ideally at the rehearsal), so that the Church Marriage Register can be written up before the ceremony.
The Form of Service
The officiating minister will discuss and approve the form of service at your marriage preparation meetings. They will advise you regarding the choice of readings, hymns, etc and also with the preparation of a printed Order of Service. Please submit a draft Order of Service to the minister for checking a week before it goes to print.
St Peter’s is fortunate to have a professional organist and director of music, and an excellent choir. Their services can be available for your wedding. Please consult our organist (after a 10:45am service) about suitable processional and recessional organ voluntaries. Should you wish to use your own organist, permission must be sought from the St Peter’s Organist. You still need to pay her the appropriate fee. If you wish the choir to lead the hymn singing and/or sing your choice of anthem, please discuss its availability with the Director of Music. Anthems are often sung during the signing of the Register.
Parking is not permitted in the church grounds, but there is a car park in the St Leonard’s area (to the east of the church) as well as on-street parking (taking account of local parking restrictions).
Most brides wish to have the flower display in the church enhanced for their wedding and this can be done by your florist. Please make arrangements for access to the church with the Rector.
We are happy to allow photography during the service, provided that it is unobtrusive, from a static point, and non-flash. Flash photography may only be used during the signing of the Register and the procession out of church. Please feel free to use the church garden for photographs. Any video recording of the service needs to be agreed with the minister in advance, and if agreed, will mean that the Organist and Director of Music fees will be doubled, owing to Copyright Law.
|Church wedding fee||£300|
|Director of Music||£100|
|Heating||£50 (if required)|
The Church Wedding Fee and heating costs can be paid by cheque (payable to “St Peter’s Church”) on, or before the wedding day. The other fees should be paid in cash, so that the musicians and verger are paid on the day.
This will be arranged by the officiating minister at a time to suit you in the week leading up to the wedding. For this we need:
- Bride and Groom
- Best Man and Bridesmaids
- The person giving the bride away (if appropriate)
- The Marriage Schedule and final Order of Service
- (Other family members are also very welcome to come along)
At the rehearsal, we shall go through the service in some detail so it will take about an hour. Please wear something warm, especially in winter, as the church can be chilly when it is not being used for services!
Please do not hesitate to contact the Rector using our online contact form or the details below.
Revd Canon Fred Tomlinson,
3 Bright’s Crescent,
0131 667 6224
0131 629 9085
|Director of Music:
Rupert Forbes 0131 664 3030
59-63 George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh EH1 1RN
0131 529 2600
St Peter’s Church Office
0131 662 9171
We look forward to welcoming you to St Peter’s for your wedding!