Weddings at All Saints Whitstable

Thanks for reading this. It contains all the most important information necessary in order to book your wedding All Saints. Please can you read all of this information below as it is all important if you are considering having your wedding at All Saints. Thank you. Below is information about how to book, the ID you will need with you when you book, and also the need to have a connection with All Saints or with Whitstable before you book, though there is a way to marry as explained below if you do not.


Please note - booking weddings at churches has become increasingly complicated recently due to government regulation as well as new rules created by the Church of England (both of these are entirely out of our control!). 


It is probably a good idea for you to call Simon our vicar on 01227 272308 or email him at tillotsons@gmail.com after you have read the below information just to confirm you have all the relevant details in place before coming to book your wedding at All Saints. 



Or you can contact the vicar through Whatsapp at 07833 448287


He is sometimes on holiday, but never for more than two weeks at a time and due to the legal complexities it is best to discuss this with him before coming along to book. 


Also our church booking system is likely to be suspended for some time due to the Cornovarius epidemic, so we have to do the booking in a different way anyway.

 Please though read the below information but do call him just to check things before you come to book the wedding. Leave a message on his answerphone if you are out. Thank you! 


Also, if you do not have the relevant links with Whitstable (see below) but have your heart set on a wedding here, you can agree to attend church once a month for a period of six months and book your wedding on that understanding. Talk to Simon about this. If you fail to complete the six months attendance, you will still be eligible to a church blessing after doing the legal bits at a registry office in the morning. This can be a perfectly good option. 


If you live in Whitstable, or have links with Whitstable in the way described below, there is no need for you to attend church before your wedding, though we do like you to come and hear your banns read the month before your wedding, and Simon will explain this more.



Please read more below



WHO CAN MARRY AT ALL SAINTS WHITSTABLE?


It is important to check that you are legally able to marry at All Saints Whitstable as not everyone is permitted to marry here. This is due to national church rules.


Please can you read this next bit carefully!

This is a check list that you can use to confirm if you are able to be married at All Saints. It would be worthwhile running through these questions before you come along to book your wedding.


If none of these below apply to you the only way the couple can get married at the church is if they attend an Anglican church in Whtistable regularly for six months.


Some couples do choose this route. Attendance once a month for six months would be seen as sufficient and some couples come all the way from the other side of  London to do this!


 Please talk to the Vicar if you are interested in exploring this option before coming to book by emailing him at tillotsons@gmail.com or calling him on 01227 272308.


SO - in order to book here are some questions we need to ask you please!


1. Would you mind confirming if either of you has been married before?


IF THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION IS YES PLEASE CALL THE VICAR ON 01227 272308 BEFORE COMING TO BOOK YOUR WEDDING OR EMAIL HIM at tillotsons@gmail.com. He will explain why this is when you speak to him.


IF THE ANSWER IS NO TO QUESTION 1 PLEASE PROCEED TO QUESTION 2.


2. Would you confirm that are both British by nationality and are eligible to a UK passport ?


IF THE ANSWER IS YES TO THIS QUESTION THEN PLEASE PROCEED TO QUESTION 3.

IF THE ANSWER IS NO PLEASE CALL THE VICAR ON 01227 272308 BEFORE COMING IN TO BOOK YOUR WEDDING. This is because of the issue that weddings vary in their legal procedure with non UK citizens depending on which country you are from. 

His email is tillotsons@gmail.com


3. If either of you haven't been married before and you are both UK nationals we arrive at question 3.   


 Does one or both you live in Whitstable (the area including Seasalter, Whitstable and Swalecliffe and some outlying areas, check with Vicar if you live in an outlying area please) and have lived here for at least six months?


IF THE ANSWER IS YES TO THIS QUESTION AND YOU ARE NOT PERVIOUSLY MARRIED OR NON UK CITIZENS then you are entitled to marry at All Saints. Please contact Simon by phone now on 01227 272308 or email at tillotsons@gmail.com to discuss the next stage in the process.


IF THE ANSWER IS NO PLEASE GO TO QUESTION 4




4. Has one of you ever lived in the parish of Whitstable for more than six months?


IF THE ANSWER IS YES TO THIS QUESTION then you can contact the Vicar in the way outlined at point 3 to plan your wedding. If the answer is no , please go to question 5.



5. Has one of your parents ever lived in the parish of Whitstable for more than six months or worshipped regularly at one of the churches here for more than six months?


IF THE ANSWER IS YES TO THIS QUESTION then you can contact the Vicar in the way outlined at point 3 to plan your wedding. If the answer is no , please go to question 6.



6. ARE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING TRUE?

a) One of you was baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish;

b) One of you has at any time regularly (at least once a month) attended public worship in the parish for six months or more; (remember you can agree to do this as part of booking your wedding)

c)  One of your parents or grandparents were married in the parish. (All of these refer to Church of England services)


If none of these apply there is still the option of 


a) Attending church for six months and therefore qualifying to marry at the church - you would only need to attend once a month and several couples each year do this


b) Having a registry office wedding ceremony before a wedding blessing (the vows are different and you enter the church together but it is still a lovely service) . You do not need to have any qualifying connections to go down this route. 


It is important to speak to Simon about this if you wish to go down  either of these routes. Email him at tillotsons@gmail.com or call him at 01227 272308

FEES FOR MARRIAGES AT ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH,WHITSTABLE

For weddings services between 1 January and 31 December 2020

Statutory Marriage Fees (these are not optional )                                   £463

Wedding certificate                  £11

Banns fee when

you live in the parish                £31

Certificate of banns for weddings at other churches                      £14

Non Statutory Fees  (these are all optional and extra but you are strongly advised to have the verger, and organist if you want hymns)

Flowers………………….........£80.00*

Fees for organ ........... £90.00                              

Fees for verger…. £40.00

Choir.............................  £130.00

Bells…   ......................    £130.00

Heating (October to April inclusive)…………………………........£40.00

The £50 deposit you pay when booking your wedding is deducted from the total when you pay the outstanding balance. It is not refundable if there is a cancellation of your wedding.

*This is the contribution asked if you wish to have specially chosen flowers for your wedding. Otherwise, the flowers on your wedding day, in the church will be the normal weekly flower arrangements. Please note we do not permit private individuals or businesses to come in and organise flower pedestals or arrangements at the church as it may conflict with another wedding on the same day or with the plans of our flower arrangers. However, pew ends may be brought in separately.

 

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