Church of England Diocese of Winchester Barton Stacey and Bullington

6. Getting married

Whether or not you are a regular church goer, getting married in Church can give you an opportunity to commit your life to your partner, not only in the presence of your friends and family, but also in the presence of God. This is perhaps why many thousands of people every year still choose to Get married in a Church. Below are the answers to some questions you may be asking. If you have any other questions about getting married in All Saints Barton Stacey, please do get in touch. We are here to help you with the planning of your wedding and would love to talk.


Can I get married in Barton Stacey Church?

Anyone living in Barton Stacey, or who worships in one of the parish churches is legally entitled to get married in their church. If you do not live in the villages or worship at the churches, getting married here might still be an option. Please get in touch and we'll be very happy to talk to you about whether getting married in one of our churches might be an option for you.


Can I get married on any date?

There is a lot to think about when you are getting married, and it can be easy to leave the booking of the church until everything else has been settled. Whilst you may be entitled to marry in church, the precise date of your wedding needs to be agreed with Mark Bailey, the Rector, and will depend on other commitments in his diary. We do advise that you check with us that your preferred wedding date is free as soon as possible.


How much does it cost?

There is a required legal fee for any wedding taking place in the Church of England. These are updated every year, and the latest advice may be found here. This includes the fee for the minister, the church, the calling of your banns in our church and your marriage certificate. If you don’t live in Barton Stacey, you will also need to contact your parish churches and arrange for your banns to be read there, there is an additional charge for the publication of banns in your parish church.

The statutory fees for our churches do not include optional extras that you might want to consider such as bell ringers and an organist. Please speak to us about this.


Can I still marry in church if I have been divorced?

The Church of England believes that marriage is a bond made for life. However, we recognise that sadly, some marriages do come to an end. In certain circumstances the Church accepts that a divorced person may marry in church again. If you are divorced and would like a church wedding, you will need to arrange to speak to the Rector about your former marriage and about your hopes for the future and to discuss whether a church wedding is appropriate in your circumstances.


More information

If you want to find out more, the Church of England’s excellent website www.yourchurchwedding.org has lots of information about getting married in church and a very useful wedding service planner! 

Or get in touch via our contact page.