Planning your ceremony

A guide to all you need to know for planning your church wedding. Covers hymns and music, readings, organising your banns, marriage licenses, types of service and taking photos and films of your special day.

Hymns for your wedding

Here you can listen to the tunes of some of the most popular hymns for weddings and read the lyrics for each one too.

Bible readings for your wedding

Some of the most popular Bible readings for weddings are listed here. You can read each one to help you choose.

Choices for your wedding ceremony

There are lots of ways to make your church wedding personal to you. Read more here about all the choices you can make.

Countdown to your church wedding

This guide suggests things you'll need to think about as you plan your church wedding over a two year countdown.

Also in this section

Ceremony Planner
Your wedding and Covid-19
We had our reception in church too
Our wedding was a gift from our guests
The rehearsal
Professional photography at a church wedding
Renewing your vows
Your children are welcome
Reading of banns
Additional readings
Other music for your wedding
Wedding ceremony words
Wedding blessings
Preparing for marriage
Wedding vows
Filming a wedding
How do I find my parish church for reading banns?
Can a vicar from a different church take our wedding?
Special Licences
Common licences
Do we need a marriage licence?
Superintendent Registrar’s Marriage Schedule
Bible readings for your wedding
Choices for your wedding ceremony
Hymns for your wedding
Countdown to your church wedding
The cost of church weddings
Legal requirements