Marrying in church is personal, meaningful, spiritual and beautiful, just as you want it to be.
Marriage is God’s gift by which a man and a woman come together in love and in joy, for mutual support and for the raising of a family. It is the bedrock of human society. Marriage in church is regulated by civil and canon law.
You can marry at St Mary’s if one of you meets one or more of the following conditions:
- lives in the parish;
- regularly attends Mass here;
- was baptised at St Mary’s;
- has been confirmed, and was prepared for Confirmation in the parish;
- has at any time lived in the parish for at least six months;
- has at any time regularly (at least once a month) attended public worship in the parish for at least six months.
You may begin to worship with us as you look to plan your wedding, in order to fulfil the last of these conditions. Fr Richard will meet with you to undertake your marriage preparation, including the contents of the service itself and a full rehearsal.
Sadly, if either of you has a divorced partner still living, you will not be able to be married at St Mary’s. Please contact us to discuss this further.
The Church of England sets statutory fees for wedding services, which are reviewed annually: in 2023, the following fees apply –
Marriage Service £505
Publication of Banns of Marriage £34
Certificate of Banns £17
If you wish to make a video recording of your wedding, you will need to agree this with us in advance, and obtain a Wedding Video Recording Licence. Your cameraman may have one of these in place for the whole year, but it is your duty to ensure this is so, otherwise you may be in breach of copyright.