Marriages and Baptisms

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The Ministers and Congregation of St Columba’s are delighted that you are thinking about getting married at St Columba’s. There is much to plan and consider before final decisions are made. Our overall aim is to help you make your wedding day happy and holy, memorable and meaningful.

First Steps

Request and complete a Marriage Application Form from the Church Office. Indicate your preferred date(s.) Once the form has been submitted one of the ministers will be in touch with you to organise a time to meet with you as a couple. This meeting is an informal opportunity for the minister to get to know you and vice versa.

The minister will explain the necessary legal procedure and the content of the marriage service. You will have the opportunity to ask your questions. It is expected that one of our ministers will officiate and be in sole charge of the service. The involvement of other ministers is possible, but should be discussed well in advance.

Following this initial meeting, minister and couple will confirm that the wedding is to go ahead on the agreed date. Please do not book your reception until you have checked that the church is available and the minister is happy to proceed.

The Building

Your wedding can be large or small, elaborate or simple. The main church easily accommodates up to five hundred people. Alternatively the London Scottish Regimental Chapel offers a lovely intimate space for up to fifty.

St Columba’s has lift and ramp access and disabled toilet facilities. The church is fitted with an induction loop system for those who use hearing aids.

Legalities

It is a strict legal requirement that notices of marriage should be given to the Registrar of Marriages in the registration districts in which both the bride and groom live. You will find your local registry office online or in the telephone directory. The Registrar will issue the Certificates of Permission to Marry. Once these have been issued please lodge them with the Church Office for safe keeping. The wedding service cannot go ahead without these documents.

Music for your wedding

St Columba’s has a fantastic organist, professional choir and access to other fabulous musicians. Music can be arranged with our Director of Music, Mr David Terry. He will consult you on music you would like before, during and after the service.

Some things to consider are;

  1. What music would you like before the service?
  2. What music would you like for the bride to enter to and leave by?
  3. What hymns, if any, would you like?
  4. What music would you like during the signing of the register?

Photography & Filming

We request that there is no photography during the service. Due to copyright law, if you wish to film the service this will increase the musical fees. This must be arranged in advance.

Flowers

You are more than likely to have flowers in the church for your wedding. Whilst we appreciate the donation of flowers after the event, we ask for only one pedestal to be left and if you have more than one in the church, the rest to be collected before the Sunday morning service.

We have two recommended florists in the Church

  1. Lalage Barran – 02086752277 or lalagebarranflowers@spitfireuk.net
  2. The Flower Stand Chelsea- 02073517996 or events@theflowerstandchelsea.com

Florists can confirm with the church office when they can gain access to complete arrangements.

Beadle

There will be a beadle on duty the day of your wedding. The Beadle is there is assist the minister before, during and after the ceremony, calm a nervous bride, explain to your ushers where they may direct your guests and ensure that everything runs smoothly.

Ushers and Seating

There may be no need to think about seating. If you are having a small wedding you may want your guests to sit where they feel comfortable. On the other hand, you may want to think about a seating plan beforehand. By custom the bride and her family/friends sit on the left hand side of the church (looking towards the communion table/front of the church) and the groom and his friends and family on the right. During the service the bride and groom will sit side by side on chairs on the lectern side of the church.

Each pew can sit eight adults comfortably. We encourage the attendance of children. If they wish children are welcome to use the Quiet Corner at the back of the church accompanied by an adult.

Receptions & Hospitality at St Columba’s

A wedding does not have to be the most expensive event ever! We can offer our excellent halls (Lower & Upper) at substantially cheaper rates than most alternative venues. Please speak with the church office if you want to discuss this in more detail.

Transport & Parking

Slone Square (Circle & District Lines), South Kensington (Piccadilly, Circle & District) and Knightsbridge (Piccadilly) are the closest tube stations to the church. If your wedding is taking place on a weekend it is worth checking that there are no planned closures on the local lines.

Parking at St Columba’s is very limited. There is limited Pay & Display bays space neighbouring the Church; £4 per hour with a two hour maximum time limit.  There are four Pay & Display bays in Milner Street which have a four hour limit. There is an NCP car park on Cadogan Place, SW1X 9SA, (£10) per hour and the Nell Gwynne House Car Park on Sloane Avenue, SW3 3AU (£5.)

 

Costs

Use of St Columba’s Church when the persons concerned are NOT members of St Columba’s.

When the service is in the Church:           £420.00

When the service is in the Chapel:           £210.00

Ministers Fee:                                            £120.00

Beadle’s Fee                                               £100.00

Music

Organist:                                                     £150.00

Singers                                                       £90.00 (per singer)

Other musicians can be arranged upon request.

 

Marriage Certificate Fee {per copy}         £7.00

 

Donations/Fees

Please note that there is no fee for MEMBERS of St Columba’s for the Minister or Associate Minister. However, you may consider giving a donation to “The Ministers Welfare Fund”. This is not for the Ministers Welfare but provides funds to be used for charitable purposes e.g. help for homeless people.

Should you wish for a collection to be made at the end of the service in aid of St Columba’s or a charity of your choice, please make the Ministers aware when you meet with them.

 

Rehearsals

In normal circumstances a rehearsal will be held in the Church 2 or 3 days before the wedding.

Contact Details

For any questions or queries please contact Lucy Llewellyn, Church Office Administrator on office@stcolumbas.org.uk or call 0207 584 2321.

 

Baptisms
Baptisms are celebrated at St. Columba’s on the first Sunday of the month as part of our morning worship service. To arrange a meeting to discuss baptism for yourself or your child please phone the church office.

Church Office Details:  020 7584 2321  or  email office@stcolumbas.org.uk
Church Office Administrator: Lucy Llewellyn

Hours: 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday