Whilst we offer the full wedding service including a tailored, civil ceremony here at The Crown Inn, with the Pishill Parish Church mere moments from the Barn here, we do have a number of couples who will marry at the church and head across here for the rest of the celebrations.
Take a look at this breathtaking shot of one of our Brides up at the church below. (Piers Thompson Photography)
We want to ensure you have access to any option and this combination offers the best of both worlds for some couples, so let us share a little more about the church and a typical church wedding…
With the origins of the church dating back to the 12th Century there is history abound. The building that stands there today is a mid-1800 rebuild of the original Norman church with one of the stained glass windows was made in 1967 by highly acclaimed artists John Piper and Patrick Reyntiens.
Saying your vows in a church is a very traditional part of planning a wedding and is sometimes the preference over a civil ceremony, with a recent survey (https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-planning/organising-and-planning/wedding-survey-2016_1193.htm) suggesting that a quarter of couples plan a religious marriage ceremony.
There are legal requirements of a Church Wedding, which include the ceremony needing to take place between 8am and 6pm and being ‘witnessed’ by at least two people. Your intention to marry needs to be signified with the reading of your ‘banns’ in the weeks leading up to your wedding in the church where you plan to marry.
For those couples for whom the Pishill church is their Parish Church, there should be no prohibiters to marrying there. For those coming from further afield, you would need to get in touch with the church to explore any requirements that you might need to meet.
The cost of getting married in a church in England and Wales is around £500.00, so make sure you factor this into your wedding budget. This cost covers the expense of reading of the Banns, the Certificate, the Vicar and the use of the Church itself.
It works the same way as booking a civil wedding ceremony in that places will get booked up months in advance. Talk to your Vicar or the Church office as soon as possible, particularly if you’re hoping to marry in peak wedding season and get in touch with us for availability so that we can tie your celebrations together.
If you’re planning on writing your own Wedding vows, a Church ceremony might not be for you. In England and Wales you cannot change any part of the Wedding vows. You can include poems, readings or songs in your vows as long as your Vicar is okay with it.
Lots of Churches offer the chance to have a wedding rehearsal – this allows you, your partner and your bridal party to run through the service ahead of the big day so you know what to expect and when.
In essence, we want to cater to you to make your dream wedding happen, be that in the Barn or in a church, and either way, we will follow up with one amazing party to celebrate your union.
If you want to know more about our venue and how we can make your day special, whatever the season, get in touch with our Wedding and Event Co-ordinator Chloe: firstname.lastname@example.org