We are delighted that you have chosen to be married at Hexham Abbey and we look forward to accompanying you as you make your plans. The day should be wonderful in every possible way and you’ll no doubt be undertaking many preparations to make it so, but it is only the start of your lifetime together.
Deciding to be married at Hexham Abbey is choosing to begin your married life with an act of Christian Worship during which you make your commitment to each other and ask for God’s blessing on your relationship. As such you are not hiring a building for the day but adding your page to the Abbey’s 1,300 year history.
You’ll find further information below, however, the best thing would be to arrange a to have a chat with one of the clergy – we look forward to meeting you both.
Following the renovation of our former Priory Buildings, we are now able to offer a suite of beautiful rooms for wedding receptions so it will be possible to have both your wedding service and reception at Hexham Abbey.
To view our current Wedding Reception Packages click here
If you have any questions or would like more information please get in touch.
- Sally McRobie, Abbey Administrator
- T: 01434 602031
If one of you:
- has at any time lived in Hexham parish for a period of at least 6 months, or
- was baptised in this parish, or
- was prepared for confirmation here, or
- has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in Hexham Abbey for a period of at least 6 months, or
that one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
- has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months, or
- has regularly gone to normal church services in Hexham Abbey for a period of at least 6 months, or
that one of your parents or grandparents:
- was married here
then you can be married here by Banns. There is no need for you to contact the Registrar or anyone else as Church of England clergy legally act as Registrars at marriages in parish churches. The Banns will normally be read in the Abbey in the period before the wedding at the 10.00am service on three successive Sundays.
If either of you live in another parish they will need to be read in that parish too within the three months before the wedding and the clergy here must have the banns certificate from your parish before the wedding takes place. It is your responsibility to see to this.
You will be informed as to the dates when your Banns are to be read at the Abbey and we would encourage you, perhaps with friends or family, to come to hear them being read.
There are alternatives to Banns which the clergy can explain.
If one, or both of you, has been divorced and wish to be married in the Abbey, you should discuss things with the Abbey Clergy before making further arrangements. The Abbey follows guidelines issued by the Church of England to help you reflect on the issues involved. This reflection will happen before a firm booking can be completed.
When agreeing with you the date and time of your wedding the clergy need to take into account existing commitments in the Abbey and the time that will be needed for setting things up for you. Therefore, it is helpful to come with some options.
In January each year couples are usually told who will be conducting their forthcoming wedding. That member of the clergy will then become the primary contact for the couple and will normally see the couple two or three times; one or two longer sessions to go through the service and talk about marriage and relationships; and normally a short rehearsal with others taking part.
For planning your service, we highly recommend that you use the Church of England website which has lots of good ideas and help.
Hexham Abbey has a peal of 10 bells and the bell ringers are happy to ring for weddings. The bells are usually rung for approximately 20 minutes at the end of the wedding and can very much enhance the occasion as well as being very traditional. Details of the fees are given above and the bells should be booked with the Abbey’s Administrator as early as possible.
It is possible for you to make a video recording of your wedding in Hexham Abbey. There are additional fees payable to the musicians and you will need to sign an indemnity form. The company and any individuals recording a video will need to obtain the relevant licences. However it would be greatly appreciated if you could ask your guests in advance to refrain from making recordings of the service on their phones or cameras.
Confetti is brilliant fun at a wedding but, please, only throw it outside in the street.
We permit, with supervision, professional florists to provide displays. Please contact Mrs Sheila Dance directly about your requirements, including the suggested colour scheme, and she can provide you with relevant costs. It is customary that flowers are left in the Abbey for others to enjoy during the following week and so to give thanks for your wedding.
Where there are two or more weddings over a weekend we encourage Brides to talk to each other so as to come up with a common theme and therefore share the costs.
For flowers at your wedding, please contact Sheila Dance (Flower co-ordinator) 01434 607335
The clergy are happy to talk to you, generally at the initial meeting, about the costs involved. The fees for 2014 are as follows.
|Wedding options and costs|
|Service without Music||£392|
|Service with organ||from £520|
|Service with boys choir or girls choir||from £808|
|Service with full Choir||from £968|
|Other Choir arrangements, i.e. combined or small group||from £648|
|Blessing of a civil marriage||from £212|
|Orders of service sheet||from £40|
• Fee levels may vary depending on the musical requirements.
• If a video of the service is made, then a musicians’ performance charge will be added.