Wedding Etiquette: Wedding Banns

Are you getting married in a church? If the answer is yes then you need to beware of the specific paperwork that needs to be completed before you take your vows. Today I’ll give you the low-down on what wedding banns are, why they are a necessity, and what happens through the process. And you thought you just had to turn up in your beautiful white gown and walk down the aisle, didn’t you!

So, what are banns?
An announcement in the church you will marry in of your intention to wed. It also gives the opportunity for anyone to give a reason why you and your partner should not legally marry. Now, this is a very ancient tradition, and usually most of the people who attend the church would have known the couple and therefore would have known if there was any lawful reason why they could not get married. Nowadays, more and more couples are choosing to wed in churches that they have not attended regularly or at all, so this shouldn’t really be an issue (fingers crossed lol).

Your banns are read out in the churches of where both of you live and also in the church you intend to marry in (if it is a different church). They are read out for three Sundays during the three months before the wedding.

There are specific fees associated with the reading of your banns. Currently, for each church your banns is read at this will cost you £21, and your banns certificate will cost £13. When booking your ceremony, you and your partner should be given a breakdown of the real time costs involved.

What if there isn’t enough time for our banns to be read?
The Common Licence procedure will be required. Again, when booking your ceremony, you should be advised if you will need a Common Licence.

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