Church Requirements

Documents required by the Church



Pre-Marriage Course
The parish is not offering a pre-marriage course this year, however you may complete this online at This has been fully approved by the Diocse of Westminister.

Getting Married in England:
Civil Registration: Certificate for Marriage
Must be applied for by each couple from each couples respective Council Registration Office. You must make an appointment and be interviewed. The Certificate for Marriage document is held and displayed publicly for 21 days after which you must collect them. It is advisable to begin the process of obtaining your Certificates for Marriage at least four months before your wedding. Both Certificates for Marriage documents should be given to the priest as soon as you receive them. You cannot be married without them.

Getting Married Outside This Parish
If you are planning to marry outside the Archdiocese of Westminster, i.e. in another city or town in England or in another country and you have lived at your current address for more that six month, the priest of your parish is required to gather all your documents and forward them through the Chancery (Diocesan Office) who will then send them on to diocese and church in which the marriage is to take place.

Civil Requirements for another Country
If you are getting married in another country, you must find out all that you need to do to comply with the Civil Authorities requirements for your marriage. Contact the relevant Embassy or High Commission for information.

Time of Wedding at Sacred Heart Church
Usually Saturdays earliest 1.30pm and latest 3pm
Weddings can take place on weekdays but not on Sundays.

A rehearsal may be arranged for a few days before the wedding. It is important the all the main people involved should be present. Readers should also be present at practice. This is an appropriate time to bring envelopes with the registrar’s fees and offerings for the Church, priest and sacristan.

Priests often hear the question, “How much does a wedding cost, Father?”
The answer, of course, is that there is no charge for the sacraments. The sacraments are dispensed by the Church as gifts from God to the community. There is, however a long standing custom of free will offerings made by the faithful on the occasion of certain sacraments. These offerings reflect both gratitude to God and appreciation of the ministry of priests.

The official fee for the registrar is £40. Cheque payable to ‘Margaret Kiely’

Church Offering
An offering of £150 is suggested towards the cost of providing church facilities. Cheques made payable to “Sacred Heart Church

By arrangement with Ann Palmer through the Parish Office 0207 624 1701
Cost of flowers agreed with Ann and £50 charge for preparing flower arrangements.

An offering of £20 is suggested

Negotiate directly regarding fee
Mario Alphonso – Piano/Organ – (m 07960 550 693) 020 7624 1701
Helen Blake –Organ/Piano (m 07946 533 776) 020 8933 2512
Roy Emerson – Organ (m 07973 517 788) 020 7267 5858
Christopher Matthews – Organ 020 8458 6262 (



Time Keeping
You are expected to arrive on time so that the wedding can begin at the time agreed with the Church.  Lateness is very disrespectful and delays everything else that follows your wedding in the Church. It is common courtesy to arrive on time. Allow for traffic, fittings, hair styling, and above all photographs.  Please warn your photographer that he must not delay the beginning of your wedding ceremony.

Recording and Photography in Church
Only the official photographer should move around the Church during your wedding and then only with extreme care and with the prior agreement of the priest conducting the wedding.

NO confetti may be used inside or outside the church.

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