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This website contains the standard format for wedding services (PDF file) used at St. Mary's and suggestions for music for your wedding (PDF file). If you intend to have a video made of the ceremony - for which there is an additional fee - then the recordist will be required to sign a Video Request Form (PDF file) before permission is given to record inside the church.

For more information, there is a Church of England website dedicated to helping you prepare for your wedding service, which you may find useful: it includes an on-line ceremony planner.

We aim to ensure that your wedding will go smoothly

and pray that God will bless you now

and in your future life together.


If you would like to book a wedding, or find out more, then please call in to the Parish Office

on Saturday mornings between 10.45 and 11.15am. We will be pleased to answer any queries you might have.

If you require any further information, please contact the Parish Administrator or email us.

There are a number of things to consider when booking a Wedding:

•   As the law stands at the moment, it is not always possible to get married in the church of your choice.  If one of you can demonstrate that you meet one of the qualifying rules then you are entitled to get married at St. Mary's Church.  If, however, you do not then a special license may be possible, otherwise you will need to attend the church regularly for 6 months in order to get onto the Church Electoral Roll (not the same as the local council's electoral roll).

•   Please note that if you or your partner have been previously married and have been divorced, you will be asked to have an informal chat with the acting Team Vicar, at whose discretion weddings of divorcees may take place.

Once you have chosen a provisional date (or dates), check with the Parish Office (in the St. Paul's Centre attached to St. Mary's) on Saturday mornings between 10.45 and 11.15am and see if that date is available.  We suggest you come along and do this first before you book reception, honeymoon, etc. as the date you require may not be available.

Bride and Groom Bells with ribbon

•   You will be asked to fill in a form and return it with a deposit to secure your date.  You will also be given details of fees for the service, bells, organist, flowers etc. as required. (Please note that if you wish to video record the ceremony there is a separate charge, for reasons of copyright, and this can only be done with the permission of the officiating minister).

•   It is a legal requirement that the Banns must be called not more than 3 months before the wedding date. Banns are a declaration of your intent to marry, and are read on three consecutive Sundays at the 9.30am Eucharist.  If you or your partner live in a different parish, then you will need to arrange to have Banns read in each church.

•   Within 6 months of the wedding you will receive a form to fill in about the ceremony itself.  Details of readings, music, hymns, etc are to be decided in conjunction with the officiating minister.  He will also discuss with you a date for a rehearsal, and a date for an evening session of marriage preparation.