St Peter's, Westhampnett - Weddings



1. Booking
At St Peter’s we are very happy to welcome requests from couples who would like to be married, including those whose previous marriages have been dissolved. Please contact me, The Revd Rachel Hawes, the Associate Rector, (m: 07768875590, email:
As a guide, I would normally offer two preparation meetings during the three months prior to your wedding, and a rehearsal just before the wedding day, but do feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

2. Information online
The Church of England website is a useful source of information:

3. Fees
Statutory Fees for 2019

Marriage Service £ 455.00
Publication of banns £ 30.00
Marriage Certificate £ 4.00

Total £ 489.00

Extras (excluding recordings)

Verger ` £ 50.00
Organist £ 90.00 [£180 if the service is videoed]
Bells £ 15.00

Total £ 155.00

Cheques should be made payable to PCC of Westhampnett.

4. Legal Requirements
To be able to marry at St Peter’s you must have a ‘qualifying connection’ with the Parish under the Marriage Measure 2008 which provides that:

A person has a qualifying connection with a parish if–

(a) that person was baptised in that parish (unless the baptism took place in a
combined rite which included baptism and confirmation) or is a person whose
confirmation has been entered in the register book of confirmation for any church or
chapel in that parish;

(b) that person has at any time had his or her usual place of residence in that
parish for a period of not less than six months;

(c) that person has at any time habitually attended public worship in that parish for
a period of not less than six months;

(d) a parent of that person has during the lifetime of that person had his or her
usual place of residence in that parish for a period of not less than six months or
habitually attended public worship in that parish for that period; or

(e) a parent or grandparent of that person has been married in that parish.

I will be able to advise you on which of the conditions above is relevant to you.

5. Banns
When booking the wedding, you will be required to complete a Banns of Marriage form.

Banns are an announcement in church of your intention to marry and a chance for anyone to put forward a reason why the marriage may not lawfully take place.

Banns need to be read in the church in the parish where each of you lives, as well as the church in which you are to be married, if that is somewhere else. To find the parish church for the parish where you live go to and enter your postcode. Where banns are read in the parish where you live, the minister will issue you with a Banns Certificate to prove they have been duly read. (The Statutory Fee for this is currently £14.) I will need to see this certificate.

You must have your banns read in the principal Sunday Service (for St Peter’s this is the 9.45am Parish Eucharist) for three Sundays during the three months before your wedding. This is usually done over three consecutive Sundays but does not have to be.

I encourage you to attend church on the Sundays when your banns are read – the congregation would love to meet you and it will help you feel at home in the church before the wedding day itself.

6. Flowers
St Peter’s has a flower team who can provide flowers for you. The fee is:
£65 for two matching arrangements at the altar
£75 for a pedestal arrangement
(For other, and/or additional flowers, eg pew-end decorations, the fee will be by agreement, depending on your requirements).
If you would like more information please contact Anne Parker (mobile: 07905279742; email: ). Alternatively, if you would like to use your own florist please speak to Anne to arrange access to the church.

7. Music
Our Organist is Gavin Barrett (m: 07764 680681, email: ). He will be glad to play for you if he is available and, if not, will be able to arrange a substitute organist. He can offer suggestions for hymns, voluntaries before and after, and music during the signing of the register. Alternatively, if you have a friend or relative who you would like to perform, this can usually also be accommodated. 
8. Bells
If you wish to have the bells, they may be rung as the bridal car arrives at the beginning of the service, and at the end of the final voluntary. As the bells in our church can be heard both inside and outside the church, they cannot, however, easily be rung at the same time as the organ is played.

9. Order of Service
I will be able to work with you to produce an Order of Service. We can then give you a quote for printing it for you in the Parish Office. Alternatively, I can email the final version to you and you can send it to your own printer.

When preparing the Order of Service, you should think about who you would like to read at the service. It is a good way of involving your friends and family in the ceremony and you may want to put their names in the Order of Service.

10. Witnesses
You will need 2 witnesses at the Signing of the Register. I normally suggest that couples decide, in advance, who their witnesses will be because, again, it is a good way of including your friends and family in the service

11. Photographs and videos
You are welcome to use a photographer during the service and/or to video it. However, marriage in church is a religious ceremony and so there are some moments which are particularly special and sacred. To avoid unnecessary distraction, it is advisable to brief your photographer about being quiet and discreet during the service. I usually like to meet with them on the day of the wedding to agree where they will take their shots from.

12. Parking
Parking space outside the church is limited. Please tell your guests that parking in Westhampnett is unrestricted and they can park their cars on the north side of Stane Street or in Claypit Lane (first turning on the left after the church).

13. Any Other Requirements
If you have any queries regarding any of the above, or any other requirements, please do contact me.

With good wishes

Associate Rector

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