God is love and we celebrate human love in all its forms. Holy Cross is a beautiful place for weddings.
Holy Cross is a great place to get married. It is a beautiful church, easily accessible and seating about 120. Holy Cross is set in fine gardens and within easy reach of a variety of venues for the reception. But a wedding is about much more than the special day.
Marriage is a decisive moment in your relationship. You make public promises to each other and you receive the blessing of God for the good times and the bad times ahead. Marriage is a great gift of God; the marriage vows help a couple live well together and it can help children to grow up in a secure environment (though the most important thing for living well and growing up well is love). Weddings are usually conducted in the church, according to the modern or traditional forms of the Scottish Episcopalian Wedding Service.
The Christian understanding of marriage has developed over time and today we welcome divorced people and same-sex couples to be married in Scottish Episcopal churches such as Holy Cross. Marriage is a Sacrament and at least one of the couple planning to marry at Holy Cross should be a baptised Christian.
Before getting married at Holy Cross the couple meets with the Rector a few times to discuss the meaning of marriage and plan the service. The marriage must be legally valid so you will need to complete marriage notices and give them to the district registrar between three months and 28 days before the service. In the seven days before your wedding, you will need to collect your marriage schedule from the registration office so that it can be signed during the service. The schedule must be returned to the registrar within three days of your wedding. More details of the legal requirements can be found here.
The Rector particularly welcomes enquiries about weddings. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There is no fixed fee for weddings at Holy Cross but we do accept donations. We are often asked for guidance on what to give. Some other churches ask for about £350–£450 for a wedding, but at Holy Cross what you give should depend on what you can afford and no one should hesitate for lack of resources. The fee for our organist is £75 and our flower team may be able to provide flower arrangements.