Weddings & Blessings

Getting married at St. Mary's
 

It gives us great pleasure to support couples in making the big commitment of getting married!

If you are considering this, the first step is to contact our Parish office who will arrange for a Vicar to see you and make firm arrangements. See contacts.


 A wedding is one day - a marriage is a lifetime

You have probably already spent many hours planning your wedding. There are so many things to think about - the dress, the cake, whom to invite, the honeymoon. All of these are important, but the wedding is just one day, while marriage should last for the rest of your lives.

Alongside the wedding preparations it is also important to spend time as a couple talking through your expectations of marriage. However much you think you have in common, you are still two separate individuals with different backgrounds, personalities, experiences, hopes and fears. 


All those who are getting married at St Mary's are invited to attend a Marriage Preparation Session. This is done over lunch which is provided; we look at important issues to do with marriage itself and practical ones like music, the format of the service and so on. The session is light-hearted, non-threatening and user-friendly ( we hope!), and couples seem to enjoy it and find it helpful.
 
 
  Who can be married at St Mary's?.
 
The law established the right for a couple to marry in the parish church where one or both of them live, whether they are baptised or not, and whether they are churchgoers are not.

Today an engaged couple may also be married at St Mary's if just one of these applies:
  • One of them was baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish;
  • One of them has ever lived in the parish for six months or more;
  • One of them has at any time habitually attended normal church services in the parish for six months or more;
  • One of their parents has lived in the parish for six months or more in their child's lifetime;
  • One of their parents has habitually attended public worship there for six months or more in their child's lifetime;
  • One or more of their parents or grandparents were married in the parish;
  • One or both of them is on the Electoral Roll of the parish church;
 
  • They have been granted a Special Licence.

For more about weddings in the Church of England, go to http://www.yourchurchwedding.org/


We hope that you have a wonderful wedding day and that it will mark the beginning of a long and very happy marriage.



Wedding Blessing

At St Mary's we offer couples the opportunity to re-afirm their vows with a Service Of Blessing.  This can take a variety of forms and the fees reflect these levels of service.  Please contact us for further information.



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