Getting Married? Planning Your Wedding

Planning your Wedding in our Benefice

"A wedding is truly one of life's great moments" or so the introduction to the wedding service in the Church of England says!  Here in our four parishes of Raunds, Hargrave, Ringstead and Stanwick we want to welcome you and help you to prepare for your wedding day in a way which enables you get the most from the service and the day. 

If you are planning to get married, would like to explore the possibility of a church wedding and bridehave no idea where to start do phone the Rector, Rev. Jon Aldwinckle on 01933 461 509 or email  I will arrange to see you, help you with finding a date, explain the legalities regarding who can be married in what church and tell you something about the cost.  If you decide to go ahead we can then explore the service and look at ways in which this can be made personal to you.  Of course the legalities need to be observed but music, readings and prayers and the degree of formality or informality can vary.

Banns of Marriage

The announcement of your forthcoming marriage has, by law, to be made in the three months before your wedding.  The "Banns" need to be read three times during the main Sunday morning service and it is advisable that you attend.  Without reading the Banns your marriage cannot take place.  If one of you lives in another parish you must also have the Banns read there.  You will need to contact your local church - and again we can help you find that if you don't know where to start - and arrange for the banns to be read there.  The parish priest will give you a certificate which you will need to give to the Rector before the wedding.

Music and Hymns

music  Music is an important part of any wedding.  We have some talented and experienced organists in our four churches.  It is really helpful to liaise with the organist as soon as possible after your wedding is booked.  Talk to them about music and hymns.  This way you can start to make the day personal to you and the organist will be confident you are getting the music you really want.


Fees are set by Parliament, and are available from Rev. Jon Aldwinckle.  The legal fees can be found on the Church of England website; Local fees for organist, choir, bells and verger are approved by each church council.  A returnable deposit of £50.00 is payable when booking the wedding.  This secures the day and time.  The balance of the fees should be paid six weeks before the wedding.  You are most welcome to pay in advance by instalments should you wish to do so.  In St Peter's, Raunds and St Laurence, Stanwick, we are fortunate to have choirs available.  This does enhance the music and adds much to the sense of occasion.  Unfortunately, at the present time there is no choir at St Mary's, Ringstead.  Arrangements can be made for a choir at All Hallows, Hargrave.



Fees for the bells are £150.00 for St Laurence, Stanwick, £150.00 for St Peter's, Raunds (8 bells £200.00), £100.00 for All Hallows, Hargrave.  St Mary's, Ringstead are awaiting repair at the moment.





Please do consult with the flower arrangers in the relevant churches before making your floral displayarrangements.  You may choose to bring in your own florist to make arrangements with the florists in the local church.  St Peter's does have a talented person (who organises the yearly flower festival) willing to prepare flowers to your specification for the cost of the flowers plus a donation to church funds.

Whichever you choose please do let the church flower arrangers know.  They can be helpful to you and communication with them can help to avoid a number of problems.  Please note Church furnishings and artefacts must not be moved for any reason whatsoever without explicit permission from the Rector or Church Wardens.


Service Sheets

It is important that you discuss music, hymns, form of printing and order of service with Jon before ordering your service sheets.  It is worth taking time to check that all the details are correct.


We are happy that photographs are taken in church but some rules are laid down.  During the service any photographs should be taken by the officially appointed photographer.  It is particularly important that flash photography is not used during the service.  Do talk to Fiona Exton about photographs and ask your photographer to do so as well.


Confetti is allowed, but the Church Wardens ask that you please stand some way back from the church porch, so that it does not blow back into the building.  You are asked not to use metallic confetti in the churchyard.  This creates a hazard for those using the paths through the churchyard.

Useful Contact Number

Incumbent Revd. Jonathon (Jon) Aldwinckle 01933 461 509
For Music and Hymns    
Hargrave Nicholas Pollard 01933 626 960
Raunds Maureen Windust 01933 622 220
Stanwick Peter Whittle 01933 624 989
Ringstead Rosemarie Coles 01933 624 262
For Church Bells    
Raunds & Ringstead Sam Chambers 01933 623 855
Hargrave Clive Jones 01933 461 568
Stanwick Sam Chambers 01933 623 855
For Flowers    
Hargrave Helen Parry 01933 622 959
Raunds Keith Gubbins 01933 624 384
Stanwick Jill Chambers 01933 622 671
Ringstead Sue Harris

01933 625 126

For Vergers & Church Wardens    
Stanwick Anne White  
Raunds Rita Chantrell 01933 389 457
Ringstead Rosemary Coles 01933 624262

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