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banns of marriage

in England and Wales, the public pronouncement in church of an intended marriage. Banns are necessary only if the marriage is to take place in the Church of England other than by religious licence or a superintendent registrar's certificate. In 1977 banns were abolished in Scotland, notice to the registrar being submitted in all cases.
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Church of England spokesman the Rev William Beaver said banns, which are currently read in church on three Sundays before a wedding, may be replaced by a 'pastoral welcome' where the priest asks the congregation to pray for the couple.
But he said the church may keep marriage banns as an option rather than ended completely.
He said doing away with posting banns could result in siblings marrying without realising.
Six weeks notice is needed for the Banns, that are read on the three consecutive Sundays preceding the wedding.
SEDGEFIELD Players are performing Strike Up The Banns - a comedy with a wedding setting - by Olwen Wymark at Sedgefield Parish Hall from Thursday June 26, to Saturday June 28, at 7.30pm.
The Church of England has also proposed to end the reading of marriage banns in its parishes.
The wedding banns for Robert Bernard Fowler and Kerrie Ann Hannon were posted last month alongside 14 other couples outside Scottish Borders Council's contact centre in the quiet town.
Inside, banns proclaiming the marriage of the couple were displayed on the wall - confirming they would tie the knot in the area three days before Christmas.
The holiday company take care of all the necessary paperwork, wedding licence, posting the banns, a wedding cake, bride's bouquet and buttonhole for the groom for an all- inclusive price of pounds 300.
To enter the draw just fill in the coupon below and send it along with a photocopy of your wedding banns (to prove you are getting married on February 14).
And as register offices take over from churches for the wedding ceremony, so we have lost the tradition of posting banns, three times; a tradition that forced couples to wait.
The Mirror can reveal that Hollywood heartthrob Clooney and lawyer Amal made a trip to Chelsea Register Office recently to formally - and very discreetly - get their wedding banns posted.