Weddings in Spain all require a civil ceremony first at which the couple become
husband and wife in the eyes of Spanish law.
marriage requires at least one of the couple to have Spanish residency.
Even when this is the case, it is not easy to proceed – you will certainly need
a person who is a fluent Spanish speaker to make the arrangements with the
local Ayuntamiento (Town Hall).
of the couple fall into the above category than a civil ceremony is necessary
in a UK Registry Office or in Gibraltar. Before proceeding with a church service,
we need to see your marriage certificate.
THE SERVICE OF DEDICATION
For this we follow the Order of Service authorised by
the Church of England of which we in this Diocese in Europe are a part. It is a
Christian ceremony in which the a newly married couple dedicate their marriage
to God. The service, in English, has much in common with the marriage service,
but the couple clearly re-affirm the vows made in the Civil Ceremony. In short,
we can promise you a memorable and enjoyable service. There are parts of
the service which are mandatory but plenty of opportunity for innovation
too. We take a lot of trouble in preparing for, and conducting such a
service, and will try to accommodate your particular requests if at all
In almost all cases we will
arrange a rehearsal a day or two before the service to ensure that all goes
well on the day.
Here are some points you will need to consider –
FIXING THE DATE: Please
contact us as soon as you can to ensure that the date and time are possible and
put in our diary. Do not presume we can do any date or time you book with
a reception venue. We suggest that if your service is
between June and September, you avoid the middle of the day as it can be well
over 40 degrees – and we don’t want people fainting! You should avoid
between 11.00 and 5.00.
ORDER OF SERVICE:
Most couples like to have a personalised printed
service. It is usual to include the words of any hymns you may wish to
have sung as well. PLEASE let us see
the draft before you get these printed – we are more likely to spot mistakes.
VENUE: Near Mojacar Playa
Usually, the service will take place in a
Church building – our own churches near Mojacar or at Llanos de Peral or at
Aljambra (near Albox) are readily available. By arrangement a local Roman
Catholic church can be used. If it is not to be in a
church we shall need to satisfy ourselves that it is possible to create an
atmosphere which is conducive to an act of Christian worship.
THE COST: At present the basic
cost for a service of Marriage Blessing is 400 euros. To this needs
to be added 50 euros for organist if you require one and a further 50 euros for
travel if the venue is a considerable distance from where we live. We ask that
you will pay this sum in euros at the rehearsal. If the person paying is
also a UK taxpayer, then we invite you to gift-aid your donation which gives us
a further 25% without any extra cost to you. We will provide a special
envelope for you to do this.
PHOTOGRAPHS & VIDEOS:
You are welcome to organise a photographer /Videographer.
But please only ONE photographer during the ceremony itself. If a VIDEO is
being made this can be a separate person. It is best if such a person were to
come to the rehearsal if at all possible. Photos on
this page courtesy of www.lylemallenphotography.com
PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE
It is customary to spend some time in preparing for
married life! We are happy to help with this, but this is not so easy here in
Spain when those concerned do not live here permanently, You could prepare by
reading: The 60 minute marriage by Rob
Parsons (Very easy practical book to read with end of the chapter
summaries for non-readers!) or another marriage preparation book, or make an
arrangement for preparation at your local parish church in England. Please remember we are here to support you in
any way we can.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU!