Weddings

We are delighted when couples seek to have their wedding service at St Mary’s. Every effort is made to make the day the happy occasion it ought to be.

We are praying that everyone who gets married at St Mary’s will experience the deep love of God, who binds you together. If you choose to get married in church you are also saying that you want God to be part of your relationship. Christians believe that the love you have for each other is a reflection of God’s love for all his people on earth. You will have ups and downs like any other couple, but Including God in your marriage is the best thing you can do – he invented it!  And you will know that you can look to him for help and guidance and that his love will sustain you in the years ahead. You will also have the support and encouragement of your Christian church family to rely on.

Can I get married at St Mary’s?

You can get married here if you live in the parish, or have a “qualifying connection” to the church. If neither of you live in this parish, by law you must show you have a qualifying connection to St Mary’s. This process will have to be explored before the wedding can be confirmed. This website (a very helpful resource on church weddings!) gives details of such connections:

http://www.yourchurchwedding.org/youre-welcome/more-churches-to-choose-from.aspx

What do I need to do before I can get married at St Mary’s?

Before you can get married you will need either a Licence, or to have your Banns read out in church on three consecutive Sundays during the three months preceding the wedding. Both Licences and Banns are valid for three months.

If one of you lives in another parish, then the Banns must also be read in the Parish Church of that parish. The latter parish will, after the required three readings, issue a Certificate which you should collect and bring to St Mary’s Church no later than four weeks before the wedding.

.Booking your wedding at St Mary’s…

This should be done once you are sure of your preferred marriage date. You should contact Revd mike Leigh (363205)

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