St Edmund's Church, Taverham
Practical arrangements for Weddings

If you have arranged with the Rector for your wedding to be held at St Edmund's Church, the following is a brief list of initial points which hopefully will help with your preparations.

Car parking
Car parking is available by permission of Taverham Hall School Trust. It is at your own risk, and we have unfortunately had thefts from there periodically. It may be best to enlist someone to keep an eye on the cars while they are there.

Disabled Access
There is a ramp for disabled people into the church but please ensure their car is parked elsewhere than the front of church during the service (to avoid photographs and the Bridal cars). An usher should be made aware if there is anyone with disabilities.

There is a lavatory situated behind the church, which will be unlocked during the service and the rehearsal.

Arrival times
Experience has shown it is best for at least one usher to arrive 45 minutes before the service is due to start, and for the Groom and Best Man to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the service.
For the Bride you need to be aware that the photographs taken before you enter the church take about ten minutes, and so it would be best to aim to arrive early!

Ushers are an important factor in ensuring the service runs smoothly. It would be helpful if at least some of them could be at the rehearsal, as they will need to know the layout of the church in order to direct guests to their seats and be aware of where the facilities are if needed.

The rehearsal takes place in church usually in the evening before the service, often at 6.00pm. This should include all the main participants in the service, including Bride and Groom, ushers, bridesmaids, best Man, parents of the Bride and Groom and anyone who will be reading in the service.

You may have someone you know who will play the organ for you, and someone to play a suitable solo during the signing of the registers. If not, our church organists are happy to oblige, but would require a fee of £60 to cover rehearsal time and ensuring they are available on the day. 

We always ask couples to contact our Flower Arranger (details available from the Rector) as she can always advise you and your florist on the items for flower arranging that are already available in church. If another couple are also getting married on the same day, we would encourage you to liase with them in order to share the cost of flowers, if appropriate.

The Rector and Churchwardens can be approached for access for your florist on the day. In addition our Flower arranger is herself available for arrangement of your flowers if you would require her to do so.

We recommend two or three main arrangements of flowers, plus if you require it pew end decorations.

Photography and video
We have no objection to the reasonable use of photography and video in church provided it does not distract the couple during the service, and also takes account of the fact St Edmund’s is relatively small (there are not many places where a photographer can hide!)

We have no objection to biodegradable confetti, but would ask guests to avoid metallic confetti (we have to pick up each bit on our hands and knees!). Also if confetti could be thrown on the gravel rather than the church steps that would be helpful.

The costs are paid to the Church of England and are revised slightly each year. Current costs (2013) are:

Conducting the service in church: £381
Marriage certificate: £3.50
Calling of the Banns: £21
Upkeep of the registers: £10
Verger's fee: £20
Organist's fee: £70

These can be paid by cheque (£435.50) made payable to 'Taverham PCC', with the exception of the organist's fee (£70) which is payable in cash on the day of the service.

A list of popular wedding hymns may be found here.

Bible readings
The wedding service at St Edmund's is always a Christian service, and we would always include a Bible reading as part of the service. Some possible Bible readings may be found here.

The words used in the service
The wedding service, including the words of the vows and prayers, may be found here.

If your wedding has been booked to take place at St Edmund’s, the Rector, Paul Seabrook, will be in touch with you in due course to arrange meetings with you for Marriage Preparation and also to deal with the arrangements for your wedding service. Please feel free to contact him if you need any further help in the meantime.