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The situation as at June 2017


Anyone wishing to be married in church after 2 March 2015 are legally required to provide evidence of their nationality as the first preliminary to planning the marriage. If both parties first produce specified evidence that they are "relevant nationals" then it will be lawful for banns to be read as a preliminary to marriage, or an application made for a Common Licence.
A relevant National is a British citizen, a national of a European Economic Area (EEA) member state or a national of Switzerland.

From 2 March 2015 the only normal form of preliminary for any marriage where either or both parties is not a relevant national will be a Superintendent Registrar's certificate (SRC).

Before applying for a SRC the couple should first contact the church where they wish to be married to ensure they are qualified to be married there. To apply for a SRC the couple should then both attend a register office. Both parties must have been resident for at least 7 days in a registration district in England and Wales before the day on which they give notice. The couple should bring with them evidence of their name, date of birth, nationality, and place of residence, and details of the place where they will marry and of their entitlement to be married there.

After the giving of the notice there will be a 28 day waiting period at least. Any non EEA national who has limited or no immigration status in the UK or who can provide no evidence they are exempt from the scheme, will be referred by the registrar to the Home Office. This could involve the Home Office extending the waiting-period to 70 days.

A SRC is valid for 12 months.

To be married at All Saints' by banns, after the preliminaries, usually either the bride or groom or both must live in the parish. If neither partner lives in the parish it is still possible to be married here by becoming members of the church with your name(s) on the electoral roll. This involves at least one of you attending services regularly (once a month is the minimum) for six months. You may also be married here if you don’t live here and you are not on the electoral roll but you have a significant historical connection with the church: least one of you was baptised here;
2. at least one of you was confirmed here (separately from being baptised)
3. at least one of you have had your usual place of worship in the parish for 6 months
4. a parent of at least one of you has had his/her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months
5. a parent of at least one of you has habitually attended Church of England public worship in the parish for at least 6 months
6. a parent or grandparent of at least one of you was married in the parish according to the rites of the Church of England

Anyone who would like to be married here, whose previous marriage has been dissolved and their partner is still living will need to meet the Vicar to discuss their situation in detail before arrangements for the marriage can be made.


For initial information please attend our Parish Surgery in St Thomas' Chapel, entrance via Church Street, E15 3HU on Thursdays from 8-8.30pm. The Surgery will be closed from time to time because of holidays etc, in which case ring 0208 519 0995.


Marriage is a gift of God and the service is an act of worship. Here at All Saints we have a sparkling heritage for weddings. We aim to make your wedding day one to remember with joy. To do this we regard it as a privilege to help organize your day and our hope is that you come to appreciate the Christian ideals by which we try to live our lives.
Getting married needs planning! As a rule of thumb the following gives a timetable that you should bear in mind.
* Wedding booked (between 6 - 18 months in advance).
* Reading the banns (if one of you lives in the parish and both are British nationals - within three months of the wedding).
* Deciding the order of service and music (two months).
* Wedding preparation with the minister by arrangement (usually two weeks before the wedding)
* Rehearsal in church (week before wedding).


The current fees will be given to you when you attend the parish surgery as part of your initial enquiry


Our organist will be happy to advise on music. Normally in a service there are two or three hymns. We always recommend having the choir. Please bear in mind the fact that having the choir greatly adds to the atmosphere of your wedding. Having three hymns and no choir can be a struggle, so, if you are not having the choir it is best to have one hymn!


We have at least two large arrangements at the front of the church. You might wish to provide extra flowers which is fine but please discuss this with us first. Extra flower arrangements stay at the church until all weddings have ended for the day to avoid delays.


We have a team of bellringers who are usually able to ring the bells for weddings for the current fee.


We have draft order of service below. If you have a printed order please have it checked with the Vicar before the final print!



There is ample opportunity after the service for photos. Only the official photographer is permitted to take shots/video during the service itself.


For the wedding of: 
Mr Sebastian Smith and Ms Susannah Smythe 
Saturday September 31st 2091 

Entry of the bride: Te Deum prelude - Charpentier



Praise, my soul, the King of heaven, 
to his feet thy tribute bring; 
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, 
who like me his praise should sing? 
Alleluia, Alleluia, 
praise the everlasting King.

Praise him for his grace and favour 
to our fathers in distress; 
praise him still the same as ever, 
slow to chide, and swift to bless: 
Alleluia, Alleluia, 
glorious in his faithfulness.

Father-like, he tends and spares us, 
well our feeble frame he knows; 
in his hands he gently bears us, 
rescues us from all our foes: 
Alleluia, Alleluia, 
widely as his mercy flows.

Angels, help us to adore him; 
ye behold him face to face; 
sun and moon, bow down before him, 
dwellers all in time and space: 
Alleluia, Alleluia, 
praise with us the God of grace. 

Preface and Declarations

Bible Reading


The Vows

Now thank we all our God, 
with heart and hands and voices, 
who wondrous things hath done, 
in whom his world rejoices; 
who from our mother's arms 
hath blessed us on our way 
with countless gifts of love, 
and still is ours to-day.

O may this bounteous God 
through all our life be near us, 
with ever joyful hearts 
and blessed peace to cheer us; 
and keep us in his grace, 
and guide us when perplexed, 
and free us from all ills 
in this world and the next.

All praise and thanks to God 
the Father now be given, 
the Son, and him whoreigns 
with them in highest heaven, 
the one eternal God, 
whom earth and heaven adore, 
for thus it was, is now, 
and shall be evermore 

Prayers at the High Altar

A Third Hymn


Signing of the registers

Solo: Ave Maria - Schubert 

Exit of the couple

Toccata from v symphony - Widor

Please enjoy this day; the church has asked us to remind you that only the official photographer/video operator is permitted to film during the actual ceremony.

Please switch off mobile phones

Please do not throw confetti in the church