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Renewal of Wedding Vows

We are always delighted to offer couples the opportunity to renew or reaffirm their wedding vows to each other. This may be to celebrate an anniversary, such as a silver, ruby or golden wedding. It may also be something couples wish to do after a time of separation or difficulty in their marriage.

You are likely to have many questions about renewing your wedding vows at one of our churches. You are always welcome to discuss your plans with one of the clergy, but we have compiled some of the common questions that we are frequently asked to get you started.

Common questions

Scroll down the page to read each of the questions and answers in turn, or click on the links below to be taken directly to a specific question.

  1. Where can the service be held?
  2. Do we have to been married in one of your churches?
  3. What happens on the day?
  4. How do we arrange it?
  5. What does it cost?

Q: Where can the service be held?

A. We would normally only offer this service at one of our churches, though there may be good reasons (e.g. illness) which would make it appropriate for it to happen elsewhere.

Q: Do we have to been married in one of your churches?

A. No. Many of the couples for whom conduct services for renewal of vows are returning to the church where they were married. However, many are also local people who were married elsewhere and now want to reaffirm their wedding vows at their local church.

Q: What happens on the day?

A. In many ways that is up to you. Couples vary in the kind of celebration they wish to have as part of renewing their vows. At one extreme, it may be that you just want a simple prayer at the end of one of our regular Sunday services. At the other, you may want a full service at a time of your choosing, surrounded by friends and family. This might look very similar to a wedding service with hymns, readings, a talk, prayers as well the actual exchange of vows. Sometimes couples also want to give each other a new ring (or rings).

Q: How do we arrange it?

A. The first thing to do is to speak to one of the clergy after one of the services, at Vestry Hour (which is at Aston Parish Church at 5.30 pm on Sunday evenings), or by telephone.

The clergy will explain the process to you, and arrange for appropriate preparation for you.

Q: What does it cost?

A. This really depends on the kind of service you choose. There is no charge for a simple prayer at the end of one of our regular Sunday services, but for a service at a separate time fees are charged. Those shown below are the maximum fees agreed by the Parochial Church Council for 2015. Not all of these would apply in every case, and the amounts may be reduced for smaller or shorter services. There is usually a small increase in fees each year.

Aston Parish Church St Matthew’s Church St James Church
†Organist £80 £80 £80
†Organ £40 £25 £25
†Verger (to open and clear up) £35 £35 £35
† PA Operator £35 £35 £35
† PA Usage £40 £40 £40
†Contribution to maintenance and expenses £250 £150 £150
‡Deposit £100 £100 £100
Total £580 £465 £465

† These fees increase by one-third for services over 45 minutes and two-thirds for fees over 1 ¼ hours.
‡ The deposit is returned to couples on the day if the service begins within 15 minutes of the agreed time.

It is possible at Aston Parish Church to request that the bells be rung as part of your celebration. The scale of charges for this can be found in the marriage section of the website.