Getting Married in Church

If you are getting married, the Church wants to help and support you.

There are many wonderful venues for a wedding, but the  church  offers  more.  We  want  to  help  your wedding to be perfect, and to support you before, during and after the day.

Here are some questions people ask about getting married in church.

Who can get married at St Marys?

YOU CAN, if one of you:

  • Live or have ever lived in the parish

  • Were baptised or prepared for confirmation in St Mary’s
  • Have ever regularly gone to church at St Mary’s
  • Have parents who have lived in the parish in your lifetime
  • Have parents who have ever regularly gone to church at St Mary’s
  • Have parents or grandparents who were married in St Mary’s

If these don’t apply to you, please speak to us, as it may still be possible to be married in the church, or to arrange a blessing in church after a civil wedding.

Do you have to have been baptised to get married in church?

Is it expensive?
The fees for weddings in Church of ~England churches are set nationally. In 2019 the fee is £485 plus the fees for a verger, organist and bells


What if I am divorced?
It is still sometimes possible to get married in church, so please talk to the Parish Priest

What happens next?
If you are interested in getting married in church, or just want to know more, please contact our wedding verger

Lynne Ashcroft   on 01730 231709 or e-mail         The Parish Priest will meet with you and a date will be set.

As the day approaches, they will help you to plan the service, hymns, readings, and to prepare for your new life together as husband and wife.

There will be a rehearsal in church  normally the day before the wedding day.

We offer a Marriage Preparation day on the first Saturday in February to which all our wedding couples are invited, and indeed encouraged to attend  (reviews)

Whether your wedding is in church or not, the church thinks marriage is wonderful and important, and will help and support you before your wedding, and all through your life together.

There’s more information about church weddings at