Weddings


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For many people, a civil ceremony is too brief and impersonal, yet they also feel out of place with a traditional church wedding service. They may not be churchgoers, or even 'religious' in the conventional sense, but they still feel a reverence for the vows made, and a wish to express their faith in life, in one another and in their future together.

How we can help

Horsham Unitarians have Ministers or lay persons authorised by the Registrar to formalise weddings at the Church. Within the legal requirements, the wording and Order of Service can be of your own choosing. We can help with the selection of prose, readings, prayers and poems for the ceremony. If you would like some musical content, we can arrange for an organist or pianist to play for you.

Important Information

You must visit the Registrar in the district where you live between 12 months and 21 days before your wedding, as you cannot marry without the appropriate certificate. If you live in different areas this may mean visiting different Registrars. The two official witnesses to a wedding must be aged 16 or over. The person conducting your wedding at our Church must be a representative of the Unitarian Church, either a Minister or an authorised lay person.

What happens next

If you are interested in finding out how we can help with your wedding please contact us on 01403 256788 or email us using the CONTACT FORM. You will be asked a few basic details including the date on which you would like to be married. If the date is free, a provisional booking can be made together with an appointment for an informal discussion. No firm booking can be make until this meeting has taken place. Generally three meetings will take place before the wedding. The first is an informal discussion of the options available: at the second the plans will be finalized and the third takes the form of a rehearsal. You can see the Church, Church hall and gardens on any Sunday before or after the service or by arrangement with the minister. Our church dates back to 1721 and apart from the Parish Church, is the oldest place of Christian worship in Horsham. The peaceful garden was formed out of the extensive grave-yard which at one time surrounded the church. In 1976 it was dedicated as a Garden of Remembrance, and is open to all.

Sunday Services

If you are considering a wedding at our Church, we warmly welcome you to attend a Sunday Service. We meet every Sunday at 10.30am and the services last approximately one hour followed by tea and coffee.