Last night I went to Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, to listen to some of the members of Trio of Trebles singing. While I chatted to them afterwards on the Cathedral steps I thought about who, other than Charles and Diana, has been married in this incredible place. Can anyone apply to get married there?
The choir on the steps of St Pauls
Weddings take place in the Chapel of The Order of the British Empire which is in the crypt of St Paul’s, but first you need a Special Licence granted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The bad news is that your licence application will only be considered if you fall into the following categories:
- Members of the Order of St Michael and St George
- Members of the Order of the British Empire
- Holders of the British Empire Medal
- Members of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor
- Children (but not grandchildren) of the above
No wonder you never see confetti on the steps…!
The Earls Court National Wedding show was a whirlwind of unique services and beautiful products, making each wedding bespoke for each bride. Here are a few of the companies we met up with. Here is a chance to gain inspiration for your wedding.
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Find the amazing Wigorina String Quartet at the NEC this weekend! You will never consider any other quartet!
If you’re marrying in church, you’ll need to choose at least two hymns, and possibly up to four, depending on the length of the service. Your minister or the church music director will be able to make suggestions, but here are some of our favourites. If most of your guests aren’t regular church goers, try to stick to more well known choices with easy tunes. Remember, some words are associated with more than one tune, so do make sure that if you have a favourite, the organist knows which tune you’re expecting.
- All Things Bright and Beautiful
- Come Down O Love Divine
- Father Hear the Prayer We Offer
- Give Me Joy in my Heart
- Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
- Lead Us, Heavenly Father, Lead Us
- Lord of all Hopefulness
- Make Me a Channel of your Peace
- Morning has Broken
- One More Step Along the World I Go
- O, Praise Ye the Lord
- Now Thank We all our God
- Praise my Soul, the King of Heaven
- The King of Love my Shepherd is
- Lord of the Dance
For civil ceremonies, don’t forget that you won’t be allowed songs or music with any religious connotations. If you’re not sure whether a certain piece is allowed, check with the registrar beforehand to avoid disappointment on the day.