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.
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
On the Big Day