Please read these notes carefully. They have been prepared from many years’ experience of assisting couples prepare for their wedding day.
An appointment to see the Minister must be made prior to booking. Please find church office opening times listed at the bottom of the page.
This is very much your own celebration with family and friends. If you wish the Minister to attend, you should invite him in the normal way. You should remember, however, that constraints of time often make it impossible for the Minister to attend wedding receptions.
Photography within the church is strictly controlled. A professional photographer may take a photograph (without flash) from the east gallery during the first hymn. No photographs (with or without flash) may be taken from the congregation until the appropriate point in the ceremony when the minister will invite the guests to take a photograph. There is no restriction on photographs at the church door after the ceremony. Image on the left is of the gathering space
Video recordings may be made provided that there are no lights or remote microphones and that the video camera remains in a fixed position in the north gallery. Please note that there is a copyright fee payable to the Organist when a video recording is made.
Flowers are very welcome and we would be grateful if some flowers could remain for the following Sunday and thereafter will be distributed by the Minister to appropriate recipients. Please do let us know if you will not be leaving any flowers.
The following hymns are often used at wedding services. It is normal to begin with a psalm or hymn of praise and to end with a marriage hymn, but it is your wedding, this is a starting point. The numbers refer to The Church Hymnary Fourth Edition (CH4) which can be found in the church.
Hymns of Praise
63 All people that on earth do dwell
124 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
200 Christ is made the sure foundation
147 All creatures of our God and King
132 Immortal, invisible, God only wise
127 O worship the King all-glorious above
139 Praise the Lord, ye heavens adore him
137 All things bright and beautiful
160 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
179 Ye holy angels bright
181 For the beauty of the earth
14 The Lord’s my Shepherd
182 Now thank we all our God
272 Father of peace and God of love
478 Behold, the amazing gift of love
519 Love divine, all loves excelling
212 Morning has broken
696 We come dear Lord to celebrate
700 As man and woman we were made
189 Be still for the presence
Please discuss with the organist, Derek Clark before printing your order of service.
Fees are payable for all weddings held in Helensburgh Parish Church. The normal fee is £480 which consists of a contribution (£300) towards the upkeep of the church and fees for the Church Officer (£80) and the Organist (£100). If you would wish to book additional rooms, all prices listed under the “Room Booking” section apply.
For members of Helensburgh Parish Church and their immediate family a reduced fee of £380 is payable.
A non-returnable deposit of £100 is payable at the time of booking and the balance of all fees must be paid to the Church Office at least 2 weeks before the wedding.
When members of the Church Choir or additional musical services are required, this will be the subject of a private arrangement between the Organist and the wedding party.
When a video recording of the wedding ceremony is made, an additional fee of £100 is payable to the Organist in lieu of copyright (audio recording £50).
The Minister receives no part of any fees and there is no charge for his services.
The Church Office is open
Monday 9.30am – 1.00pm & 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Tuesday 9.30am – 1.00pm
Wednesday 9.30am – 1.00pm & 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 9.30am – 1.00pm
Friday 10.00am – 1.00pm & 1.30pm – 3.00pm