Information for Wedding Preparation

This page provides some documents and links for preparing your wedding.

Marriage Prep

Firstly Marriage Prep. This is different to Wedding prep and it's all about laying the foundations for a successful and long lasting marriage. It considers all sorts of questions that might not come up in normal life, like managing conflict, money and time issues, priorities and how a couple might handle things like long term illness.

We can't offer this in 2021, but we recommend
couples consider is site (there are plenty of others
as well) which offers a course that can be done
at home.

Planning your service

In planning your service there are a number of elements to be considered and these can be discussed with your Minister. That needs to start three to four months before the day. At about three months before the legal steps need to start. These are reading of Banns of Marriage in our church and your local church or obtaining a common license. Couples will also need to plan music and readings for the service and possibly create an order of service for guests. You will also need to have a reader(s) and witnesses.


The Church of England website Your Church Wedding

has lots of information including suggested readings

and music and answers many questions.

In May 2021 changes were made to the way that marriages

are registered. Your minister can tell you about these. 


The following information is more specific to Carlford:

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Our short wedding information leaflet with contact points

This is the order of service marked with points where couples will need to make a choice, eg a piece of music, and the prayers and headings for the congregation.

If we don't have your details this is the form to use. It includes details of who will be named on the marriage document.