Some final notes – music etc.


The music for the bride’s entrance and for the couple’s departure is to be played on the organ. Some couples have employed other musicians, e.g. a string quartet, but in our experience – and our organist is not just protecting her job! – this doesn’t work as well. Timings can go wrong or the music isn’t loud enough, so it doesn’t create a sense of occasion. Please note that there is a Parochial Church Council resolution that recorded music should not be used at weddings.

Suggested processional 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, Choral Song by Wesley, 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 be suitable for a church service and playable on the organ. It may be possible to arrange a piece, though this could cost extra.

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!) If you contact Sally,, she will send you a full list of suggestions.

It’s helpful to have the robed choir (usually about 16-18 singers) 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.


 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.


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 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.

Some useful local contacts.

Whitethorn Bed and Breakfast, Watery Lane, Astbury. CW12 4RR.
email:- Contact Joanne 07771 967352 or 01260 273371

The Egerton Arms, Peel Lane, Astbury, Cheshire. CW12 4RQ.
email:- ‘’ 01260 273946.

Wedding Photography.
S and S Photographers, 7,Park Street, Congleton. CW12 1EY. 07543 194010

Nigel Kirby Photography, 07592 651108 email www.

Catering for Weddings..
Astbury Village Hall,Peel Lane, Astbury. CW12 4RQ. 07857 234686

C.W. Catering ltd., 01260 281733 mobile 07788 907664
and online shop

The Egerton Arms, Peel Lane, Astbury, Cheshire. CW12 4RQ.
email:- ‘’ 01260 273946.

The Wedding Barn at Astbury. CW12 4RQ. 07738 900492.

Wedding Attire.
7th Heaven Bridal, 63, Lawton Street, Congleton, Cheshire. CW12 1RU. Tel. 01260 277123.
email website
Facebook /7thHeavenBridal and Instagram /7thHeavenBridal
Full range of bridal wear and accessories.

Astbury Church and it’s officials cannot and do not accept any responsibility whatsoever for any transactions or contacts carried out with the above.