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Other Information for Weddings

Other information includes hymns, readings, bells, flowers and more.

Wedding Contact Details

Please see below for phone numbers for flowers, organists and bells whch you may require for your wedding:

Flowers

The arrangement of flowers in the churches takes place in agreement with those responsible in the three churches. Please contact the relevant person to discuss your requirements. Please get in touch even if you intend to use an alternative provider.

Ditchling

Bridget Blomfield - 01273 842459 or blomf@talktalk.net

Westmeston Brenda Hall -  TBA

Organists

  • Ditchling – John Sandford, Tel: 01444 233552
  • Streat – Lynette Walker, Tel: 01273 891005
  • Westmeston –

Bells

  • Ditchling - David Cragg, Tel: 01273 845383

Wedding Order of Service

The link below is to the sample wedding service. To view this document click on the link below and select Open to view the document or Save to save it to your computer. The document is in MS Word format allowing you to edit it.

Flowers, Organists, Choir & BellsFlowers, Organists, Choir & Bells

Wedding Music

Music, including hymns and other music before, during and after the wedding service, is important.  John Sandford explains how he advises wedding couples before the big day.

Wedding Flowers in St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

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Information on flowers in St Margaret's Church, Ditchling including a plan of the church and positions of shelves and stands for flowers.

Readings for Your Wedding

Here are some suitable readings for weddings.

Old testament readings

Genesis 1: 20-20 Creation of woman
Genesis 1: 26-28 Male and female He created them
Genesis 9: 8-17 The rainbow and God's covenant with Noah
Joshua 24:15 As for me and my house we will serve the Lord
Ruth 1: 16-17 Wither thou goest I will go
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 For everything there is a season
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 Two are better than one
Psalm 8 O Lord,how majestic is thy name
Psalm 34: 1-3 Let us exalt his name together
Psalm 67 May God be gracious to us and bless us...
Psalm 95: 1-7 Let us sing to the Lord
Psalm 100 Make a joyful noise to the Lord
Psalm 121 He will keep your going out and your coming in
Psalm 127 Unless the Lord builds the house...
Psalm 128 May you see your children's children!
Psalm 136: 1-9 His steadfast love endures forever
Psalm 150 Praise the Lord!
Proverbs 3: 1-6, 13-18 Let not loyalty and faithfulness forsake you
Proverbs 31: 10-12 A good wife is more precious than jewels
Isaiah 30:21 This is the way, walk in it
Isaiah 32:2, 16-18 Each will be like a hiding place, like streams in dry land
Isaiah 54: 10-14 My steadfast love will not depart from you
Isaiah 61: 10-11 Clothed in salvation...as a bride adorns herself with herjewels
Jeremiah 33: 10-11 There will be heard once more the voices of the bride and bridegroom
Hosea 2: 19-20 I will betroth you to me forever

New Testament Readings

Matthew 5: 1-10 The Beatitudes
Matthew 5: 13-16 You are the light of the world
Matthew 6: 19-21 Where your treasure is, there will your heart also be
Matthew 7: 24-29 A wise man built his house upon a rock
Matthew 22: 36-40 The greatest commandment
Mark 10: 6-9 What God has joined together let no man put asunder
John 2: 1-12 Jesus' first miracle at the wedding in Cana
John 15: 1-8 I am the vine and you are the branches
John 15: 9-17 Love one another as I have loved you
Romans 12: 9-12 Let love be genuine
1 Corinthians 13: 4-13 Love
Ephesians 3: 14-19 May you be grounded and rooted in love
Ephesians 5: 21-33 Wives submit to your husbands, husbands love your wives
Colossians 3: 12-17 Put on love, which binds everything together in harmony
1 John 4: 7-8, 12 Beloved, let us love one another
Revelation 19: 5-9 The marriage of the Lamb

There is a useful book entitled Readings for Weddings by Mark Oakley. It is available from Weddings for Readings book from Amazon.

Choosing Hymns for Your Wedding

Having the right hymns can make a real difference to your wedding. How do you go about choosing hymns? Here is a list of some of the more popular hymns used at weddings:

  • All things bright and beautiful
  • Amazing grace
  • At the name of Jesus
  • Dear Lord and Father of mankind
  • For the beauty of the earth
  • Give me joy in my heart (Sing hosanna)
  • Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer
  • Immortal Invisible
  • Jerusalem
  • Lead us Heavenly Father
  • Lord for the years
  • Lord of all hopefulness
  • Lord of the dance
  • Lord the light of your love is shining (Shine, Jesus, shine)
  • Love Divine all loves excelling
  • Make me a channel of your peace
  • Morning has broken
  • My song is love unknown
  • Now thank we all our God
  • O Jesus I have promised
  • O Lord my God (How great thou art)
  • O Perfect Love all human thought transcending
  • O Worship the King
  • Praise, my soul
  • Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
  • Tell out my soul the greatness of the Lord
  • The King of love my Shepherd is
  • The Lord's my Shepherd

Links to Pages and Websites with Wedding Information

Below are links to pages and third party websites with more information including suggestions for hymns, music and readings that you could choose:

  • www.2-in-2-1.co.uk. Go to the 'Wedding Centre' section of their site for lots of suggestions about hymns.
  • www.confetti.co.uk which includes the words and music of the more popular wedding hymns as well as suggestions for readings.

A Guide to Video Recording & Music Performance at Weddings

The Church Council has discussed at length the need to have an appropriate, clear response to the desire of couples and families to record special services held at the Church. Under the Law all recording can only take place with the permission of the Vicar. The Parochial Church Council has decided that when such permission is granted it must be in accordance with the form incorporated below. A fee of £25 will be charged for this permission; the money raised by this will be restricted for the organ fund towards the cost of future maintenance and repairs.

The Organist & Choir - Under the guidelines published by the Royal School of Church Music it is a requirement that when a recording is made of the performance given by a musician or the choir the fee payable for their services shall be doubled.

Copyright & Recordings - Most music is currently, or was at some time, covered by copyright and this protection lasts for 70 years after the death of the writer or composer. Copyright protects the interests of the copyright owner. The right to make copies of a work, or to authorise others to do so, rests solely with the owner of the work. In the context of a wedding or other special service, music can be used in a variety of ways: for the entry of the Bride, hymns, musical interludes etc. all music used could be protected by copyright and, therefore, permission from each and every copyright owner is required before the wedding ceremony/reception can be audio or video recorded. The alternative is that the couple themselves can purchase aWedding Video-Recording Licence prior to the wedding.

Who is Responsible for the Copyright Licence? Under UK law it is generally understood that the videographer (professional or amateur camcorder owner) need to be licensed or the person(s) requesting the recording to be made (the wedding couple/family) need to be licensed to record material still protected by copyright. Many professional videographers hold licences obtained directly from the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) and Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL). These licences should be checked prior to the wedding ceremony to ensure that licence cover is current and appropriate for the recording being made.

Where do I get a Licence to Cover Friends or Family Who May be Recording the Service? A license can be found from www.VideoLicence.co.uk. They specialise in these licences and can provide you with the necessary application form. The cost of such a licence will typically be in the region of £20.