Though you may well not be a great churchgoer, there's no reason why you can't have a service in Church, whether it's a full-blown wedding, or a service of blessing after a civil marriage ceremony, or even a simple renewal of your marriage vows ten, twenty, thirty years on in the company of a few close friends. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish, and designed around what you would like to do (as long as essential legal bits get a look-in!) Our architecture isn't bad either, dating as it does from 1180 through to 1850, and the chances are that, unlike some venues, the place where you had your big day won't be redeveloped into a multi-storey car park by the time you celebrate your Golden Wedding.
There's a list of FAQ's below, and the button to the right will take you to a page of links and further information we can offer. There's also some suggestions there on 'Tying the knot without breaking the bank' to try and help you have the wedding day you want without bankrupting yourselves.
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Please note that it may be several days before we manage to get back to you,
especially during times of heavy workload, e.g. around Christmas and Easter
It's fairly simple, especially if you both live in the parish where you want to get married.
Yes! In England, you have a right to get married in your parish church, regardless of your religious background.
If you have a connection with the Church where you'd like to marry, the answer is usually 'yes.' The connection could be something like one of you used to live there, or your parents did, or they got married there, or that's the Church you go to. Contact us, and we'll help work it out with you.
Yes! We trust you to have done your best to make sure that your new marriage won't hurt or upset others before coming to us, and we don't pry. English law means we will need to see decreee(s) absolute before the wedding, but we don't need to know what's written in them.
Yes! In early 2023, the Church of England approved the Church blessing of same-sex marriage. Same-sex relationships are every bit as holy, joyful and worthy of God's blessing as straight ones (and, of course, just as stressful, challenging, and, from time to time, exasperating, too). We took our first booking for a same-sex church service within a couple of hours of it being possible.
We're not yet permitted to do the legal marriage in Church, but at last we're allowed to offer everyone a proper Church service publicly to celebrate and bless their new lives together.
About half the usual bill for flowers, if the latest statistics are to be believed....
The costs split into three:
All six of our parish Churches are either Grade 1 or Grade 2* listed buildings: our historic settings come free of charge!
Probably not as long as you think, especially if you're able (if necessary) to be flexible about a time. In many ways, especially for a simple wedding, the main issue is getting the legal preliminaries done:
The chances are that the time factor will have more to do with your reception venue than the availability of Church, but (broadly speaking) the more notice we have the better, especially for getting bell-ringers or an organist arranged.
It happens, for all sorts of reasons, and we'll make it as simple as possible for you.
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