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Getting married in Plymtree

We are delighted that you are considering getting married at Plymtree’s Parish Church.  Your marriage will be a momentous step in your lives.  At Plymtree you can make your promises in a Christian ceremony at a place where people have been making their vows for over 750 years.  The building offers a wonderful location for your marriage and an atmosphere which we hope you will remember for the rest of your lives.

Select this link to take you to the YOUR CHURCH WEDDING web site of the Church of England which has lots of help in making your plans.

We hope that this document will answer some of the questions you might be thinking about.

Who can get married at the Church of St John the Baptist, Plymtree?

These are the legal regulations which answer this point:

You can marry here if one of you:

  • has at any time lived in the parish of Plymtree for a period of at least 6 months or
  • was baptised in Plymtree
  • was prepared for confirmation in Plymtree
  • has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in Plymtree Church for a period of at least 6 months or

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

  • has lived in the parish of Plymtree for a period of at least 6 months or
  • has regularly gone to normal church services in Plymtree parish church for a period of at least 6 months or

If one of your parents or grandparents:

  • was married in the parish of Plymtree

What is the marriage service like?

The Marriage Service from the Church of England’s Common Worship is the form that is usually followed.

What costs are involved? 

a)          Most charges are set down by the Church of England and are compulsory.  There is a breakdown of costs here.  In 2019 the basic cost of a wedding in Plymtree was £549

b)         There are other things which you will probably want to add:

1.         Organist

Music forms part of the ceremony.  Our organist is often available to play the church organ at weddings.  If he is not available it might be possible to arrange for someone else.  If we have plenty of warning then it is easier to find an organist.  The organist’s fee is £60.  It is a good idea for you to contact the organist to make arrangements.

2.         Bells

There is a peal of six bells at Plymtree and our bellringers can be asked to ring before and after your ceremony.  As from 2018 the fee is £140 to ring before and/or after the service and £70 to ring before only.  Please make your arrangements with the Captain of the Tower.

3.         Flowers

There are usually some flowers in Church for our regular services, but you will probably want something special.  Our team of flower arrangers might be able to help and the cost would depend on your requirements.  Please contact our flower coordinator to discuss your arrangements.  If you arrange for someone else to do the flowers, they should contact our flower coordinator to agree what is proposed.  We have to be careful about where and how flowers are arranged in our medieval historic building.

4.         General charges

A fee of £60 is added by the Church Council to cover extra duties before, during and after the ceremony.    The cost of maintaining our historic building is considerable.  Extra donations are always welcome.  A plate will be available at the door for donations from those attending the wedding.  Gift Aid envelopes will also be available to enable tax to be reclaimed from people who pay UK income tax.  Thank you for your support in this matter.

Other issues:

Music and hymns: The music during the ceremony and the hymns need to be discussed and agreed with the Church and the organist.

Readings: There is usually at least one reading from the Bible during the service and maybe something else as well.  Again, you will need to agree this.  It is a good idea if you choose someone you know to read. 

Service sheets: It is your responsibility to organise the production of service sheets.

Photographs: Please remember that the service is a serious event and the congregation is part of the event.  General photography is not permitted during the service, but one “official” photographer/video recorder might be acceptable.  Please discuss.  Photographs after the ceremony and outside the church are both in a beautiful setting.

Rehearsals: There is normally a rehearsal a day or two before the ceremony for the key participants.

Bookings: Please let us know your proposed dates and times as soon as possible.  You are more likely to be accommodated if you can do that. 

What to do next?

The first thing for you to do if you would like to discuss arranging your marriage is to contact the Mission Community Administrator.  Please do feel welcome to discuss your arrangements as they progress.  An easy way to do this is by attending Sunday worship when you can meet the relevant people and also feel at home in the church.  

Click here to go to the Church of England web page about marriage