Getting married at St John's

Congratulations!

We are delighted to hear that you have decided to get married and that you are interested in exploring the possibility of being married at St John's; the information on this page should help give you an idea of what being married at St John's will involve. Once you have read this, if you wish to explore being marred at St John's further, please contact the Church Office who will deal with your enquiry in the first instance.

The Service

The service itself is, of course, the focal point of the day and there is a lot of fun to be had in making it your own.  For example, you can be inventive in your choice of music and hymns, readings, poetry and prayers.  You may also want to involve friends or family in reading or even performing.  One of the things you will be asked to decide is whether you would like the service to be in ‘traditional' or contemporary language.

We are here to help you with all these matters and there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss your options with the member of the clergy who will take the service and with our Director of Music.  Indeed, one of our clergy will expect to meet with you several times before the big day to discuss both the service and the meaning of marriage for you both. 

Practical matters 

Please note that under Scottish law no wedding can proceed without a Schedule from the Registrar of Marriages.  You must visit the Registrar to arrange this at least a month before the ceremony—although the sooner you do this the better for your own peace of mind.

If you wish Holy Communion to be part of the service, please mention this to the clergy.

Music

If you are to be married at St John's then the music for your wedding will be discussed with with the Director of Music at least six weeks before the ceremony.  This is particularly important if you would like the Choir to be present to ensure you have the appropriate number of choir members for the musical pieces you have requested.  The Musical Director will also advise on issues of copyright particularly when the ceremony is to be recorded. 

Time

Obviously the time of the service must not overlap with church services.

Flowers

If you would like flowers in church you can either contact Mrs Anne Goodwin, church flower arranger, or make arrangements with a florist.

Video and Photography

Photographs may be taken in the church after consultation with the clergy.  They may also be taken on church premises outside the church.  Videos may be recorded by arrangement with the Director of Music at an extra charge which covers only the public performance of the music in the service.  This fee does not cover any copyright music recorded during the service or at the reception. Please visit the PRS website for details of copyright licensing if recording your wedding.

Summary of Fees as at April 2015

The basic all-inclusive fee for getting married at St John’s is £950

This includes the fee for the Director of Music, and the heating, lighting and staffing of the church together with other church costs.
Optional extras in addition to this include flowers and a choir (see below)
For a small and simple service in the chapel only, the fee is £300.
The above charges do not include a clergy fee, which is left to the discretion of the parties concerned. 

Notes

* The church choir may be able to sing at your wedding at £30 per singer and £65 for an extra organist if required. The fee for the Musical Director and choir may increase if there is substantial musical input required for the wedding.  This will be negotiated on discussion with the Musical Director. 

* With the permission of the Director of Music you may invite someone else to play the organ for the ceremony.  In that case, a fee will still be charged for the services of the Director of Music. 

* The charges for flowers arranged by the church are as follows:

The cost of flowers and materials will be added to the above charges.

Useful addresses and Telephone numbers

Visit the main Contact Us page

Director of Music
Stephen Doughty: music@stjohns-edinburgh.org.uk

Flowers
Anne Goodwin: annedgoodwin@gmail.com                                                            

Registrar of Marriages
59-63 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh
EH1 1RN
0131 529 2600