Planning your wedding day or thinking to get married?
Why not get married in Church?
Now is a good time to book a wedding in one of our seven churches. These not only offer historic buildings of outstanding beauty for your special day but a church wedding can add a spiritual dimension to your marriage by including God and looking to Him for blessing, help and guidance. The Church of England also has very special vows or promises that are made in public that will help you to stay and grow together.
Although there are some legal requirements as to who can be married in a church in our Benefice, we will always aim within these requirements to be as flexible and accommodating as possible. So if you are planning or just thinking about getting married in the coming year or so please do get in touch with Adrian Watkins, our Rector for an informal chat, even if you are not yet sure whether to have a church service. If you do get married in one of our churches we will work with you on choices to be made on the content of your service so as to ensure that your day is personal, memorable, meaningful and beautiful. And after the service is over we hope you will feel a lasting connection to the church – not just a building but as a welcoming and supportive local community of Christians.
Here are the answers on some questions you might ask yourself:
Q. Can I marry in church?
A. Yes, providing you fulfil certain qualifying connections such as if one of you is living or has lived in the benefice, or by having a certain family connections, or by regular attendance at a benefice church for 6 months.
Q. Do I have to be baptised?
Q. How do I book a Church?
A. Contact the Rector or contact us.
Q. I am divorced can I still marry in church?
A. This is often possible please discuss with Revd Adrian.
But you can certainly have a “Service of Prayer and Dedication of a Civil Marriage” commonly known as a “Wedding Blessing”.
Q. How much would it cost?
A. The present fee is £415. If you require the organist, and/or bells there will additional charges.
Q. Can I get married any day?
A. Yes, it must be between 8:00am and 6:00pm, and not clash with other church services.
Q. Can we be involved with planning the service?
A. Yes, you will be involved in making choices for the service though there are legal parts of the service that must be complied with.
Q. Do I have to get married in white?
A. No, that is not necessary.
Q. Do I have to have an organist, flowers and hymns?
A. No just the Rector or other ordained priest and close family and friends.
Q. What are Banns?
A. Banns are an announcement in church on three Sundays of your intention to marry and a chance for anyone to put forward a reason why the marriage may not lawfully take place. In certain circumstances where banns are not appropriate, the marriage may be by special licence.