Church of England Diocese of St.Edmundsbury & Ipswich Elmswell


Welcome and Congratulations. We are delighted that you are thinking of getting married at St John’s and would love you to come and talk to us. St John's is a great Suffolk wedding venue. 

Marriage has its origins in the creation of man and woman. The Bible’s teaching is that the marriage bond is a life long bond between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others. Those entering this way of life can expect the help of God to fulfil his purposes in marriage throughout their life together.

In the marriage ceremony, you will make a public declaration of lifelong commitment to love, honour and care for each other, in the presence of witnesses, many of whom will be those most respected and loved by you both, as you make your marriage Vows.

A very helpful resource for couples considering getting married in church can be found at This excellent web site should answer many of your questions.

These are the Marriage Ceremonies which can be held at St St John’s.

A Service of Marriage

An authorised service for the marrying of couples, who have never been married before, and who have not been through any type of legal marriage service.

As well as the Service of Marriage we also offer the following services:

A Service of Prayer & Dedication

A simple service designed for couples who have had a Civil Marriage Ceremony in the UK or abroad, and wish to have a church service afterwards.

A Service of Thanksgiving of a Marriage

This is a service for those who wish to renew their marriage vows.

Booking a Wedding

On receiving your enquiry we will contact you to arrange a meeting to go through the legal side of things. Before a marriage ceremony can take place we must be satisfied that you can lawfully marry in our Parish. Your first meeting is also a time for you to ask any questions you may have.

Preparing for Married Life

Our responsibility is to help you prepare not just for your wedding day, but also for your married life together. As part of the preparation process, we strongly encourage couples to come to one of our Marriage By Design days. More details on this day can be found at

Frequently asked questions

Can we get married in your church?

One or both of you must live within our Parish boundary (if you are unsure of this please ask).


One or both of you must have a connection to our Parish (if you are unsure of this please ask or find out more here).

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

No. It is not a legal requirement for you to have been baptised, to hold your marriage ceremony here in our Parish.

Is it possible for us to hold our wedding on any day of the week?

Yes. As long as the church of your choice is free and the Minister agrees, it is possible for this to take place on any day of the week, but please be aware that Saturday is the most popular day to hold a wedding & Sunday times are limited.

If you would like to enquire about booking your wedding with us or have any further questions, please email us or call 01359 240512. You can take a closer look at our church by going to the Photo Gallery.