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2. Weddings

If you are thinking of being married in church and particularly at St Margaret’s, please first look at the Church of England’s guidance (Your Church Wedding) which outlines the necessary criteria for being married in a parish church. You have a right to be married in the church of the parish in which you live, where you regularly worship or where you are a member of the Electoral Roll; if you would like to be married in a different church, you will need to show that you have some link with the community there. All the details are on the website.

If you feel that you are able to provide evidence of a connection, please be in touch in the first instance with the Administrator in the Church Office who will take your contact details and ask the Vicar to be in touch with you to arrange a conversation. 

You are advised not to book a reception venue until you know that it is possible to be married in the church of your choice. You should also leave plenty of time for any legal preliminaries to take place.

If it is agreed that your marriage should take place at St. Margaret's Church, 
the prospective bride and groom will be expected to meet with the Vicar on at least three occasions, depending on circumstances.

  1. To agree the date and time of the wedding and to have a general chat about what you would hope the service to be and the particular elements and customs we have.
  2. To arrange for the public announcement that the marriage is taking place [ie 'the Calling of Banns']. As well as to agree the musical content of the service and any readings you may wish to be included. To put together the Order of Service.
  3. Usually in the week before the wedding a rehearsal takes place. At this the bride and groom must attend together with Parents, Best Man, Bridesmaids and any other person performing a function at the wedding.


In normal circumstances you will need to choose the following music.

A. The Bridal Procession

B. Two hymns

C. Music to be played whilst the registers are being signed

D. The Wedding Procession



After proper consultation it may be possible for the professional photographer to take a limited number of photographs during the service. It is also possible, again after consultation with the parish priest for the service to be video recorded.


Fees for weddings in Church are not standard. At St Margaret's the quoted fees will be to cover the cost of:-

Clergy Fees

Church Fees

Organist Fee

Flowers in Church*

The Parish Clerk's Fee

Printing of Order of Service

Administration Fees

*The flowers in church are always arranged by our own flower ladies and it is never possible for this work to be carried out by anyone else.

Our aim at weddings is to make sure that couples are married in a seemly and reverent manner. We take an enormous amount of care to see that weddings are personalized so that the couple will always remember the amazing and wonderful day of their marriage.


Order of Service

In the majority of cases we print the Orders of Service. If however couples choose to have them printed elsewhere after consultation wi th the parish priest the Order of Service follows this pattern.

The Parish Church of Saint Margaret, Rottingdean

The Marriage between bride and groom

Date of Wedding

Bridal Procession


1st Hymn

The Marriage

Reading, if desired


2nd Hymn

Signing of Registers

Wedding Procession

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