Getting Married in Church
If you have recently become engaged, well let us be one of the first to offer you our Congratulations!
If you are now starting to think about how you can make the best possible start to your married life together, then your local parish Church would love 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 here?
YOU CAN, if one of you:
Live or have ever lived in the parish
Were baptised or confirmed in this church
Have ever regularly gone to church here
Have parents who have lived in the parish in your lifetime
Have parents who have ever regularly gone to church here
Have parents or grandparents who were married here
If these don’t apply to you, please speak to us anyway, 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?
A simple wedding without music costs as little as £510
A full church wedding, with organist and bells, costs around £900.
What if I am divorced?
No two marriage breakups are the same, so depending on the circumstances it may still be possible to get married in church, so please talk to the Rector.
What happens next?
If you are interested in getting married in church, or just want to know more please complete the online form here: https://stourvalleybenefice.myiknowchurch.co.uk/led/enquiryForm/wedding or call the Rector on 01787 277515.
The Rector will arrange to meet with you both, and will also be able to set a date, and then 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 also be a rehearsal in church, usually the day before your special day.
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 www.yourchurchwedding.org