Beulah United Reformed Church
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Weddings at Beulah

You would be most welcome to have your wedding or relationship blessing in Beulah. Here is some useful information:
 

Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God;
             everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
                        Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.
                                    God's love was revealed among us in this way:
        God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.
        Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.
                        God is love, and those who live in love live in union with God,
                                       and God lives in union with them.


                                                1 John 4:7-9.11&16.


We try as best we can to make your wedding YOUR wedding. There are legal requirements which are fixed, but the vows, the music played the readings can all be chosen by you. People who come to us for their wedding service can be very tense, but there is no need. We aim to create a service which is relaxed and meaningful and a bit different. We also don’t mind wriggling children! If members of your families or friends want to take part in the service by reading, or leading one of the prayers or even singing a solo (!) then they will be most welcome.

Getting married in church is different from getting married in the registry office. The difference is not that it’s more ‘traditional’ or ‘proper’ or even more lasting. The difference is that you make your vows before God. If you love one another then we believe God’s love is at work in your lives. Coming to church to get married offers us all a chance to recognise and celebrate your love for each other and God’s love for you. It offers you the chance to commit yourselves to each other whatever joys or sorrows lie ahead.

The charge for 2011 for a wedding in Beulah is £250, this includes ministers fee, organist and the authorised person’s fee. We can also provide flowers at an extra charge.


Registering your marriage.
 

You must register your upcoming marriage at:

Register Office
City Hall, (North West Entrance)
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3ND
Tel: 029 2087 1680 or 029 2087 1684
Fax: 029 2087 1699
Email: Registrars@cardiff.gov.uk




We want the wedding service to be as much a part of your day and the planning of your day as any other part of the celebrations. There are a lot of websites offering ideas and resources for couples planning the marriage ceremony. Have a look and see what ideas they give you. Often couple have friends or family to take part, sometimes reading or singing or leading prayers. We have the facility to play pre-recorded music. I can suggest hymns and biblical readings if you’d like that. I can give you a copy of the hymn book. It all depends on how much you want to play a part in shaping the service. Most of the ideas couples bring usually come into the part for the readings and reflections. Often musical contributions have also been included while the couple have been signing. You will find here a typical outline to a marriage service, but we can alter it to suit your ideas and plans.Please feel free to shape the service as much as you wish. There are certain legal requirements but it is important to us that the service reflects your ideas and thoughts. We encourage you to think about hymns and other songs or pieces of music we can play in the service. Perhaps there are some songs that make you think about a particular moment in your relationship. Or perhaps there are songs that express what you understand love to be about. These might be used in place of hymns during the service or for you to come into and go out to. If you have some ideas for bible readings or other readings in the service let us know. We will also arrange a rehearsal a few days before the wedding so that we can go through the service and your parts in it. It is useful to have all the wedding party at the rehearsal, best man, bridesmaids etc. so that everyone is familiar with where they have to go and what they have to say. But we recognise this is not always possible is people are coming from away.

Outline Order for a Marriage Service

Entry of the Bride

Welcome

Hymn

Statement about the Church’s understanding of Marriage

Legal Declarations

Promises

Vows

Exchange of Rings

Declaration of Marriage

Readings

Reflection

Prayers

Hymn

Signing of Register

Exit of the couple


The Wedding Vows.

At the heart of the wedding are the vows you make. There is a legal format to the beginning and end of the vows. But, the rest of the wording is for you to decide. We have a number you could choose one from, or you could write your own.

1.
I call upon these persons here present to witness that I …… do take thee …….. to be my lawful wedded wife/husband: in accordance with God’s holy will, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death us do part. This is my faithful promise.
 

2.
I call upon these persons here present to witness that I …… do take thee …….. to be my lawful wedded wife/husband: and to stand by you through sorrow and happiness, through adversity and joy and to help you in your life and in our life together through patient love and understanding till death us do part. This is my faithful promise.

3.
I call upon these persons here present to witness that I …… do take thee …….. to be my lawful wedded wife/husband: I will love and cherish you, respect and honour you; I will support you in good times and in bad; I will share your happiness as my own, and comfort your sorrow as my own for all the days of my life. This is my faithful promise.

4.
I call upon these persons here present to witness that I …… do take thee …….. to be my lawful wedded wife/husband: I come to you with all my love. I offer my hand to you, as a pledge to stay with you no matter what shall happen to us. I promise to love you, cherish, trust and respect you. I promise to support you in your work and help build a home together. I pledge my heart and soul to this journey we begin together today. This is my faithful promise.

 
 

This page last updated: 17 March 2015

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