Some Final Notes

Music

Please note that the entrance and exit music has to be played on the organ. Possible pieces in (it’s quite a short walk) include: the traditional Bridal March by Wagner, Canon in D major by Pachelbel, Trumpet Voluntary by Clarke, Trumpet Tune by Charpentier, Trumpet Tune by Purcell, Trumpet Voluntary by Stanley, Overture to the Royal Fireworks Music by Handel, etc. All these except the first can also be used on the way out. Other possible music out: the traditional Wedding March by Mendelssohn, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel (better described as Sinfonia from Solomon as you’ll be leaving!), Grand March from Aida by Verdi, Crown Imperial by Walton, etc. All are available on Youtube or see Sally Drage after a service and she can play them to you. Whatever you choose does need to sound OK on the organ and be suitable for a church service.

It’s helpful to have the choir (usually about 16-18 robed singers in 4-part harmony) as they will lead the hymns, which does encourage the congregation. The choir will also sing one or two anthems during the signing of the register. You will need to provide copies of the order of service for them – though a posh cover isn’t needed, just the running order with the words of the hymns.

Your hymns should be well known and the words need to be suitable for a wedding. (‘Fight the good fight’ would probably not be a good choice!) When you contact Sally, she will send you a full list of suggestions.

Confetti

 Confetti may be thrown as the couple leave at the steps at the west gate. Please do not throw confetti in church, at the west door or on the pathways.

Ushers

Your Ushers are a vital part of your wedding day team. They should be in position in church no less than 45 minutes before the service starts, to welcome and direct guests, hand out service sheets &c, and generally be helpful

Car parking

Please ensure that one (or more) of your Ushers is in charge of parking.

Wedding guests may use any of the church’s three car parks. The nearest is situated to the south of the church: the entrance is to the right of the steps leading to the main west gate. The other car parks are in the churchyard on the other side of the A34 Congleton to Newcastle road.

The car parks at the Egerton Arms Hotel and at the Village Hall are private property and are for the convenience of persons using those premises. Wedding guests may use the Village Hall car park only if there is no other event taking place there. Under no circumstances may cars be parked on the village greens. Also, please do not park in the roads on either side of the big green.

Wedding cars may use the public open space in front of the main west gate.

Punctuality

Punctuality is a virtue. A very good virtue! Please remember that your photographer will want to take photos of the bride’s arrival and procession up to the church doors. Therefore, you will need arrive at least 5 minutes earlier than the time of your wedding.

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