Getting Married

Welcome to our Getting Married page

We hope and pray that here you will find here all the information, needed to help you prepare for your Big Day!

Why Get Married at All Saints Ilkley?

A church wedding will add a spiritual dimension to your marriage. The ceremony includes God and looks to him for help and guidance. God’s blessing is the main attraction for many couples, whatever their beliefs. All Saints is a beautiful listed building full of history providing a truly meaningful place of prayer in which to make your vows. Our ministers can help you make your wedding personal, memorable and meaningful – you can be involved in making choices about your ceremony.

Preparing for the Service

There are many frequently asked questions; from ‘What do Christians believe about marriage?’ to ‘How do we book the church?’ and ‘What are the legal requirements?  Our Wedding Brochure answers all these and more of the questions couples ask us.

The Marriage Service

This begins with the arrival, traditionally of the bride and groom separately.  The minister will welcome your family and friends and read an introduction explaining what Christians believe about marriage. Declarations are made – the promises you make before God, yours friends and families, then turning to each other as bridge and groom you make your vows before exchanging a ring or rings. You are now proclaimed husband and wife and then follows the readings and the minister will give a short address.  Th signing of the register next, followed by prayers, the final hymn and blessing and then your procession out of church.

Readings, Hymns & Music

We have suggested some readings from the Bible together with others (poems/extract from a novel) and these can be found in our Wedding Brochure. Most couples choose to sing hymns at their wedding, to help please visit the following website and listen to tunes and words. Hymns for your wedding The bride’s walk down the aisle to enter church and your, as newly weds procession out of church both require  music, you can choose from traditional or modern.  Click on to the two links to listen to snippets of suitable music. Church Music      Wedding Pieces

Your Wedding Day

In order to get to know you properly, it would be lovely to see you regularly in church so that when your marriage takes place, we actually know you as friends. As the big day approaches you will be asked to attend a rehearsal in church. This gives you the change to calm any nerves and ask and have answered any outstanding questions. We work to maintain a joyful and worshipful atmosphere in the wedding service. Reading our Wedding Brochure, will help you both take another step along the road of your commitment to one another. Christian marriage isn’t just about the wedding day and saying the right words. It is a lifelong commitment.