The Church of Scotland
Burntisland Parish Church
a living church in an historic building
“This Church exists to bring people to Jesus, grow disciples, love one another, serve the wider community, and to glorify and worship God together.”
We are always delighted to have couples getting married here.
We will be pleased to hear from couples planning a wedding. Do get in touch with the minister (Alan Sharp 874303). Or better still come to the service any Sunday morning, the minister is always available after the service - there is usually a cup of tea in the hall.
It is of first importance that the couple do love each other and are prepared to commit themselves to a life long relationship. Think long and hard about what you are doing. Insist that we run a marriage course for you!
What is The Marriage Preparation Course?
A five session course set in a fantastic atmosphere. You will be served with a candlelit meal and/or coffee, tea and dessert in a romantic setting while listening to practical talks that are informative and fun, either given live or played on DVD. There is never any group work and you will never be asked to share anything about your relationship with anyone other than your partner.
Why do the course?
If you’re like most people you prepare and plan for many things in life: education, career, retirement and holidays. And most couples spend up to 250 hours planning their wedding, but very little time, if any, planning for married life. There are many things you can do to begin building a lifelong, happy marriage. Investing in your relationship before you are married will reap rewards for many years to come.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Do we have to come to church?
Its not that hard to come to church! We invite couples to attend a church service, (Sunday 11am at the Church or 6.30pm at Solid Rock) as soon as possible after making the booking, and then you may well find that you are happy to come back. You must also come back and see the minister at least 8 weeks before the wedding to confirm the arrangements. Similarly you don't have to do the marriage course but given the pressures that most couples encounter - you would be daft not to prioritize attending!
Will you marry us in a hotel or elsewhere?
You can have your wedding in one of the most beautiful and historic churches in Scotland - at almost no extra cost! But yes, if one of the couple live in Burntisland then I am happy to perform the ceremony.
Do you marry divorcees?
As a church we believe that marriage is intended by God to be a life long relationship. We also know that we make mistakes, or things just don’t work out and so we are prepared to give folks a second chance.
What is the legal requirement?
You must go to the registrar, at least 8 weeks before the wedding. There is a small fee and the registrar will require your birth certificates. If there are complications, ie previous marriages, non UK residents, lost birth certificates.... go to the registrar as soon as possible and find out what is required. The registrar will prepare a certificate which must be picked up before the wedding and brought to the church.
Warning: the marriage cannot legally take place without this certificate.
What does it cost?
The cost is £150 for church, minister, organist, and beadle. If cost is a problem then tell the minister, we would not want anyone to feel unable to afford to get married in church. This will be the smallest bill that you get - you will pay much more for a wedding dress, cars, photographs....... Watch your costs – don’t spend miserable years paying off a wonderful day!
How long does the service take?
The service takes just under 30 minutes, along another half hour (going on six hours....) for pictures.
Is there a rehearsal?
We normally have a rehearsal in the week before the wedding. The service is simple and straight forward but the rehersal helps to calm nerves?
What music will be played?
The organist will normally play the traditional bridal marches as you enter and leave the church but other music can be chosen. There are usually two hymns ie "The Lord's My Shepherd", "Amazing Grace", "How Great Thou Art", "Praise My Soul the King Of Heaven", "The King of Love", "All Things Bright and Beautiful", or "Love Divine". Other hymns can be chosen but please consult the minister to avoid unsuitable words or unsingable tunes.
What about videos and photographs?
You are welcome to video the service. We ask only that the cameramen is discreet. The photographer may take a few pictures without flash from the gallery but no other photographs during the service please as it can spoil the moment.
Any thing else I should know?
Arrive on time on the day, the groom and the best man should be here 15 minutes before the service. The wedding service will not proceed if either party arrives under the influence of alcohol.
Burntisland Parish Church