You have decided to take one of the most important steps of your life! When we marry, we change from being the people we were; in a real sense we become part of a wonderful relationship that is so intimate that the Bible likens it to the relationship between Jesus and His Church. When you marry you will make vows to each other, in the presence of God, and before the witnesses whom you have invited. You marry each other, and true marriage is a life-long commitment binding husband and wife to each other.

Planning a Church Wedding

If you decide to marry in Church, you are declaring to God that you want Him to be part of your wedding day, and ultimately, your lives together in the future.

During a marriage ceremony you will make vows and promises in the presence of God. If you don’t believe in God, as a couple you must decide if a church wedding is really what you want.

At Strathblane, we would expect you to attend church before the marriage takes place and we would also invite you to attend our Open Door enquirers groups.

Please contact the minister as soon as possible when planning your wedding.


Quick checklist

Straight Away

Agree a date for the wedding along with the minister

Book the ceremony and reception

Draw up a draft guest list


One Year Ahead

Book your photographer and florist

Start looking at wedding dresses & other outfits

Consult with the groom, best man & bridesmaids about their clothing


Six months ahead

If you haven’t done so yet, start attending church

Make arrangements for the cake

Order wedding stationary

Finalize your choice of wedding dress

Book your organist and the honeymoon


Three months ahead

Make out your wedding gift list

Send out invitations

Book hired outfits and floral decorations

Contact the local registrar and apply for a marriage schedule

Contact the minister to arrange wedding preparation classes


Six weeks to go

Book your make up session and hairdresser

Decide on seating plans for the reception


Two weeks to go

Finalize reception arrangements & times for the meal, etc

Arrange a night for the Wedding rehearsal


One week to go

Collect your marriage schedule and give it to the minister on the

rehearsal night


 On the Big Day