The law concerning Holy Matrimony has changed within Church Life as well as being eased by secular authorities, not always to everyone’s liking!
The Church Rules regarding the marriage of divorced people was relaxed some years ago and is exercised at the discretion of the Parish Priest. Should he/she decline on doctrinal grounds the couple can request solemnisation by another priest. The priest and Parish in Guilsfield are liberal in this matter.
Marriages are usually booked 12 months or even 2 years in advance (because of booking a venue for the reception). The Parish Priest meets the couple around 4 times before the wedding when principles, Christian teaching and practise are discussed. The service, music, readings, hymns, choir, bells, organist and guest numbers are arranged as are the flowers, ushers, readings of Banns and rehearsal.
Hopefully the day will be clement weather wise but knowing British weather this cannot be guaranteed.
Total Costs for a full wedding are now £700, given that a room in Powys Castle is £3000 (registrar and reception more) our costs appear relatively reasonable.
Average number is between four and eight per year.
“Those whom God has joined together let no man put asunder.”