Getting Married


Huge congratulations to you both as you take this step of commitment and faith. Be assured of our prayers and our support both now and in the years to come. We are privileged to share the honour of helping both of you as you prepare for your wedding day and the rest of your lives together. And we pledge as a church to be here for you and your family now and in the years to come. We are an ordinary community of people who follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ here in Warley Woods.

St Hilda's has always been a popular place to get married and we welcome enquiries for weddings today. We have several options within our building of where the marriage can take place, whether you want a small intimate service or a larger gathering. Marrying in church is personal, meaningful, spiritual and beautiful, just as you want it to be.

Do get in touch with the vicar if you'd like to know more, and download and read our booklet which is full of useful and practical information, including fees and the reading of banns.

The Church of England website also has lots of useful information regarding your church wedding.


Marriage in the Church of England takes place after the “Reading of Banns of Marriage” in Church, or by the obtaining of a licence. Most couples are married after the “Reading of Banns”. Banns are read on three Sundays in the Church(es) of the Parish(es) in which the bride and groom live, and where they are to be married, within three months of the wedding.

If either or both bride and groom live in another parish then Banns must be read in that Church also, they will charge a fee of £54 and give you a certificate.

It is the responsibility of the couple to arrange for Banns to be read and to collect the necessary certificate(s) to be given to the Vicar of the Church in which they are to be married. If a licence is required the Vicar will supply full details.


The Marriage Service has some set words (including legal declarations and vows) which have to be spoken in order for a marriage to be legal.

Of course you choose all sorts of other parts of the service: including the hymns, bible readings (and other kinds of readings or poems), what music you would like played as you come in and out of church or during the signing of the marriage document. There is a lot to think about, but the Church is here to help!


From 1st January 2024 Wedding Fees at St Hilda’s will be as follows: 

Marriage Service £531.00 / Banns £36.00 / Verger £40.00

Standard cost £607.00

Organist and video rights £100.00 (this includes making a video recording, and also the use of mobile phones and tablets by guests. Without this payment, video cameras, mobile phones and tablets must not be used on the premises.)

Heating (optional) £60.00

We ask for a £100 deposit to confirm your booking and the balance to be paid by the day of the rehearsal. You can pay in installments of in one lump payment – whatever works for you.


You will sign a marriage document on the day of the wedding that will be sent to Sandwell Registry Office to be registered. You will need to arrange ordering your own certificate(s) either online or by contacting Sandwell Registry Office on 0121 368 1188.

Your name(s) do not automatically change after marriage. Find out more about how to change your name(s).

Get in touch

If you require further information please contact the vicar Jenni on 07377363915.

Wedding_Information_Booklet_2024, PDF


Wedding_Information_Booklet_2023, PDF