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Weddings

There are many weddings in Merrylea Church each year. Generally use of The Church is granted to those who live in the Parish or who have a connection with the Church. This is at the Minister's discretion.

If you are thinking of getting married and wish to use the Church, please contact me and we can arrange to meet. I know that some couples have an anxiety about approaching a Minister, especially if they do not know him/her. Please be assured that I am easy to talk to and am not the type of person who makes such an interview an unpleasant experience. I look forward to meeting you.

I have reproduced below the sheet which I give to couples. I am sorry about the request for no confetti. There are just too many weddings in the year for the ground to recover from the confetti if it is allowed. Ultimately, the beauty of the grounds for your day is increased because the wedding prior to yours did not cause confetti to be spread all over the gravel and grass.

I hope that you enjoy planning your special celebration.



Notes to help you plan your Wedding

Legal Procedure

Application should be made to 22 Park Circus, Glasgow, six weeks before your wedding date. Both Bride and Groom have to submit a marriage notice along with their birth certificates. A Marriage Schedule is then issued.

It should be brought to the Wedding Rehearsal and left in the Vestry for the Service.

The Schedule is essential - without it the Minister cannot marry you. The Schedule must be returned to the Registrar within 3 days.

The Rehearsal

The rehearsal will usually take place one or two nights before the Wedding. The Bride, Groom, Best Man, Bridesmaids, and person giving the Bride away should all be present, if possible. Wider family are also welcome. Orders of Service, Wedding Schedule, and Fees should be brought to the rehearsal - it saves worrying about them on the big day.

Video/Photography

It is important to try to ensure that a wonderful video and photographic record of the day is achieved, if desired by the couple. The challenge is to enable this, whilst retaining the dignity of the service. The Minister is very experienced at working with this challenge, and is keen to ensure that all parties are pleased with the arrangements agreed.

During the wedding service guests are asked not to take photographs. Professional photographers require to consult the minister prior to the service. The nature and level of photography during the service will be discussed by the couple and the Minister prior to any instructions to the professionals. Normally, photographs are also taken at the signing of the Register, as the couple leave the church, and at the doors.

The use of video equipment must be discussed with the Minister. Locations for cameras will also be discussed with the couple prior to instructions being given to the professionals.

For copyright reasons The Church of Scotland Law Department has informed us that when a service is videoed the organists fee is doubled.

Organist

Please speak to the Minister for further information.

Hymns

Click here to see some ideas for hymns

Flowers

The Wedding party are responsible for the provision of flowers in the Church. The Church Flower Convenor will telephone prior to the service to establish whether or not flowers will be left in the Church. If they are let, they will be enjoyed by the congregation before being delivered to bereaved/housebound/Nursing home. There is no obligation to leave flowers – we simply ask so that further flowers are not organised for the Sunday service if wedding flowers are already in place.

Please ensure that access to the Church is arranged in advance for the delivery of flowers, usually with the Church Officer.

With regret we have to ask you to advise guests not to throw confetti in the Church or grounds.

Fees

2017 Weddings

Full payment of £550.00 is required to book the wedding. This covers fees for staff – organist, church officer and cleaner, and represents a contribution of c£300 towards the costs and upkeep of Merrylea Church. We trust you recognise that this is a small amount to secure the exclusive use of such a magnificent building. In the event of a cancellation a refund less £100 booking fee will be issued. Payment may be made by electronic transfer, cheque [payable to Merrylea Parish Church] or cash. All payments are to be made in consultation with The Minister as he holds the primary record of payments.

At the Church

The Ushers should be at the front door of the church at least 40 minutes before the start of the service. They are responsible for handing out the Orders of Service, and for assisting people to their seats.

The Bridegroom and the Best Man should arrive 30 minutes before the start of the Service, and proceed to the Vestry. They should have with them the ring or rings. The schedule should already have been delivered at the rehearsal.

But most of all enjoy yourself.



Contact Details

David Hood (Rev)

T: 0141 637 6700

 



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