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You can make amazing vows, or promises, in a church. These vows, made in public, will help you to stay together and grow together. God and your church are there for you to help you keep your vows.
The Minister has a very particular role to play in your wedding. They can blend ancient tradition and modern experience to reflect your story. Because of the relationship with the minister, your wedding can be made personal, memorable, meaningful and beautiful. They will ensure you are involved in making choices about your ceremony.
Our church is a place of beauty with many centuries of history. Imagine all the couples that have married in Newbattle Church, some of whom may well be your family. You can feel you’re becoming part of history itself, the bigger plan, by marrying in the same place as your relatives. We know these sorts of connections can make your day even more special.
For some people, a church simply seems like the proper place to get married. Churches can be described as 'peaceful', 'serene', or having an atmosphere that makes marrying there a particularly special experience.
The first step in making arrangements for a wedding service is to meet with a member of the Ministry Team. There are practical things like dates (even ministers have holidays!) and legal matters, if you have been married before. Please do not book anything until this meeting has taken place!
In Newbattle parish, we are committed to giving you the best possible chance of taking vows that last a lifetime. For this reason, we ask all couples to attend our Marriage Preparation meetings. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we see this as an essential part of couples’ planning for their marriage – you really do need to be there. They are very informal and are run by a couple who themselves have been married for a number of years. Previous couples that have attended these meetings have found them helpful, and enjoyable. David and Carolyn will contact you to arrange to meet you.
You will enjoy your wedding day much more if you are relaxed and “at home” in the church in which you are being married. Regular services are held at Newbattle (Family Friendly—10.00 am), Newtongrange (Traditional—11.30 am) and Mayfield & Easthouses (Traditional—11.30 am).
It’s available from any member of the ministry team. It’s designed so that everyone in the church who needs to know about your wedding is informed.
It is essential that the minister is informed of any changes or alterations!
Or six weeks before if you are divorced – you should go to the Registrar, Fairfield House, 8 Lothian Road, Dalkeith, Midlothian EH22 3ZN; 0131-271 3281 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) to collect the relevant forms.
Ask for help from the officiating minister, organist, or close friends or family, if you were unsure what music you would like. There are many websites that provide lyrics and midi files of songs and hymns. We always advise that couple chose hymns and songs that are well known (or use a well known tune) and are appropriate for the occasion.
Ask for help from the officiating minister in choosing these, so that we can discuss what you would want to promise in front of God. Sample vows are available upon request.
On the day of the wedding, the ushers should arrive 30 minutes before the time of the ceremony. The groom and best man should be there 20 minutes beforehand. The groom’s parents should be there 15 minutes before, and the bridesmaids and the mother of the bride 10 minutes before the service. The bride, and whoever is giving her away, should be on time!
We will distribute these after the next Sunday service of worship, to people who are ill or elderly in the parish, unless you wish to keep them. Please advise the church officer about this at the wedding rehearsal.
We want you to have a good record of your wedding. The official photographer can take photographs in the church during the signing of the register and as you walk down the aisle at the end of the ceremony: If you wish we can provide the opportunity for friends and family to take photographs at a point during the service, usually after the exchange of vows.
Someone with a video camera can get a clear view and good sound quality in each church: behind the piano at Mayfield & Easthouses; in the gallery at Newbattle; and in the transept at Newtongrange.
Your wedding is a service of worship. Please respect this by ensuring that:
A few days before the wedding it is usual to hold a rehearsal to run through the service, so every one is comfortable and familiar with what is going to happen.
The Marriage Schedule: you will need to collect this from the Registrar during the week before the wedding. It is absolutely crucial: no Schedule, no wedding!
The fees. If you have not already contacted the Treasure
Orders of service, if you are producing one. However, it’s fine to use the hymnbooks at the church if you prefer.
The bridal party! Everyone needs to feel comfortable in the church, so bring the bride, groom, best man, bridesmaids, the person accompanying the bride down the aisle (usually her father) and anyone else who would otherwise feel “left out” of the rehearsal
Fees for the use of one of the churches are:
Church Officer £50
If you are paying by cheque, it should be made payable to “Newbattle Parish Church”
Phone: 0131-663 3245
Newbattle Church - is a Grade B listed historic parish Kirk, built in 1727 surrounded my mature woodland. The church is situated on Newbattle Road (200 yards from the entrance to Newbattle Abbey College), Dalkeith, EH22 3LJ
Getting married is like setting out on a journey. Myself and every member of the ministry team commit ourselves and the people of our church to caring for both of you throughout your marriage. You can come to us to share the good times and the tough times, knowing that we will support you in our prayers and in whatever other ways we can.
Newbattle Parish Church (Church of Scotland)
Scottish Charity No SC035087