Please make sure that you phone 2 weeks before the wedding to arrange to have a key
to do the flowers. People have holidays and may not be available at short notice.
It is fine to decorate the Church for your wedding, you can do so yourself or employ
florists such as Michelle’s who excel at wedding flowers and can be contacted here.
What is allowed?
Pedestals with flower arrangements are fine. It’s normal to have two or three. Please
remove the stamens from lillies as the vicar has hay fever. It’s okay to use plastic
flower arrangement holders that clip over the ends of the pews. Large flower pots
with box trees are acceptable outside the entrance to the Church, but they can fall
over in even moderate winds. If there are candles in them the ushers must take responsibility
for lighting them (eg taking their own matches or lighters) and blowing them out.
Also, Christmas trees are allowed in season.
What is not allowed?
Ribbons around the pew ends are also fine, though they have a tendency to fall off.
Please note that it is unacceptable to use sellotape or drawing pins to attach them.
Please make sure that you plan this in advance. As Church is a building dedicated
to God, some parts of the building are more holy than others because of what happens
there: the font, where baptisms happen, the pulpit where the Bible is explained,
and the communion table where the bread and wine are consecrated. These special places
are not allowed flower arrangements. Please do not put flowers actually on the altar,
lectern, pulpit or font. You may put flowers by them though.
When is it usual to do the flower arranging?
It’s normal to do the flowers the day before the wedding, but please note that Friday
is the vicar’s day off and he will not be available to let you in. Please plan well
in advance and don’t forget to bring the details of who you will be meeting, where
and at what time.
After the service can we take the flowers away with us?
Wedding couples are invited to leave flowers in Church as a sign of appreciation,
and also the Church congregations can enjoy them. If you do wish to take them away
please contact the vicar to let him know in advance and arrange for the ushers to
put them in the porch, immediately after the service ends otherwise when the vicar
has left and locked the Church you will not be able to get them.
To gain access to Wentbridge Church your florist needs to contact one of the following people to borrow a key. Mrs Gwen Stephens on 01977 600559. Please try to phone two weeks in advance of needing access. It is fine in Wentbridge to have arrangements on the window ledges, and to light the candles on the window sills, but this is your job, as it extinguishing them, to prevent a fire risk at the end of the service.
Kirk Smeaton Church
It may be possible at Smeaton for church members to do flowers for you. The minimum fee would be £60. There may be flowers in Smeaton Church even if you do not wish to do your own, depending on the time of year. (Traditionally there are no flowers in church in Lent or Advent.)
If getting married at Darrington church please inform Mrs Julie Graham if you are having flowers or not, as soon as possible so she can arrange the flower rota accordingly. Please also tell her if you are taking the flowers afterwards. There may be flowers in Darrington Church even if you do not wish to do your own, depending on the time of year. (Traditionally there are no flowers in church in Lent or Advent.) To gain access to Darrington Church please contact Mrs Julie Graham on 01977 791099 who will loan you a key, or Mrs Vi Briggs 01977 705371 who will let you in.