Spiritualist Weddings

Spiritualists' National Union Ministers and Officiants are fully trained to carry out marriage ceremonies, which includes the necessary legal binding vows.

In most SNU Churches a Registrar would be needed to witness and record the vows, although some Churches have an 'Authorised Person' who records the marriage in the same way as a Registrar.

Remember that when vows are exchanged in the Spiritualist service those in spirit world are also invited as a witnesses. Special people in the spirit world who cannot be there in spiritual form, bringing the love which continues to flow from them.

If you are not a Spiritualist, you need to consider whether this service is suitable for you, as it treats those present as accepting the Seven Principles and having an understanding of Spiritualism.

What steps do I take to arrange my marriage in an SNU Church?

  1. Contact the Church Committee to ask permission for both the ceremony to take place in the Church and for the person of your choice to officiate.
  2. Agree a date with the Church Committee and with the person whom you wish to take the service.
  3. Unless the Church has an Authorised Person who can witness and record the wedding on the day, you must book the Registrar for the date required. You must also complete the legal arrangements at the Registry Office for the bands to be posted.
  4. Costs for which you are responsible:
    • The Church fee for the use of the premises.
    • The Minister's or Officiant's expenses.
    • All fees as advised by the Registrar.
  5. When the date, time and place have been arranged, there will be a meeting with the person taking the service. There will be several things to decide: hymns and/or music, any extra personal vows if you wish to make them, etc.
  6. You will need to contact and make arrangements with the Church if you require flowers or have other requests.
  7. The wedding day is only the beginning of your marriage, which we hope will be long and happy. Please read our Seven Principles, with particular attention to the 5th one, so that you may consider the significance of your important promise before God.

 

Further information
If you wish to contact one of our Ministers or Officiants, they would be prepared to see you with no commitment on either side so that you can discuss your wishes.

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