Wedding Arrangements in St Peter’s, Stourton 2019
We are very pleased that you have chosen to get married in St. Peter’s Church. Here is some information to make your day go smoothly and to help you plan.
There is parking on the road outside the church, but please try to avoid parking here if possible. We will issue you with a page of permits which will allow your guests to park for free in the National Trust Car Park. Feel free to copy as many of these as you need. Your guests will then be able to walk down via the footpath through the ticket office without paying. Please ask your guests, if they are NT members, to scan their cards for the parking, and at the ticket office, as that will help the National Trust recover some of their costs. There is a shuttle minibus for those who would not be able to walk up or down the path to the church. Contact Stourhead Office on 01747 841152 if you have any queries about this.
We will make sure there is space outside the church for the wedding cars to park. Please let us know how many wedding cars there will be.
Please note that the church is part of the Church of England and is not part of the National Trust. The NT have generously agreed that bride, groom and photographer may enter the gardens for free for photographs. Please note that this does not include access to the grass bridge. Any other guests who wish to enter the gardens will need to purchase tickets for that purpose. If you wish to take wedding photographs in the gardens, please complete and return the National Trust Wedding Party Booking Form and ensure your photographer completes and returns the National Trust Photographer Permission form.
If you have any queries about Stourhead gardens, please contact Stourhead Office on 01747 841152.
Use of the Church
It is possible, though very unlikely, that there will be another wedding taking place on the same day in the church. We will let you know in plenty of time if this is the case, and will try to avoid this happening. There will be plenty of time between the two weddings. If it does occur, there may need to be some liaison regarding flowers.
There may well be other ceremonies taking place in the Stourhead Gardens, but this shouldn’t interfere with your day.
On the day itself
The ushers should be in the church, with the orders of service, at least 45 minutes before the ceremony so that they can greet the guests. Please ask your guests to be in church in good time before the ceremony is due to start – at least 10 minutes. There should be no drinks or snacks in the church.
The bridegroom should arrive about 30 minutes before the service, and will be seated 10 minutes before the start time. The bride should try to arrive in good time (aim for 5 minutes before the start time), not least for the sake of the bell-ringers and the groom…
Confetti may be thrown, but we ask for this to be at or below the archway, and it must be biodegradable.
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the parish office –
We will be thinking of you in the months ahead, and praying that you may know God’s richest blessing on your wedding day, and in your marriage.
Mrs Crin Fearon & Mrs Jane Parker
– Churchwardens of St. Peter’s. Church, Stourton