Marriages

wedding carsWe are delighted that you are considering getting married in the church.

Christians believe that marriage is a gift from God. In the marriage ceremony, a couple make a public declaration of lifelong commitment to love each other. Below is our guide to getting married at St. Mary’s.

Please contact our Parish Administrator for more information.

Where can we get married?
You have a right to be married at St Mary’s if any one of these connections applies:

That one of you:

  • Was baptised in this parish or
  • Was prepared for confirmation in this parish, or
  • Has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
  • Has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months

OR

That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:

  • Has lived in this parish for a period of at least 6 months or
  • Has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months

OR

That one of your parents or grandparents:

  • Was married in this parish

If none of the above applies, and you still wish to be married in this Parish, you will need to obtain the priest in charges permission to apply for an Archbishop’s Licence (often called a ‘Special Licence’).  You will need to arrange to see Simon Talbott in order to discuss and agree this procedure.  There is an additional charge involved, paid directly to the Faculty Office in Westminster.

How do we book the church?

Booking is easy.  Please contact the Parish Administrator

St Martin’s church can comfortably seat 180 people.

Marriages can be arranged on any day between 8.00am and 6.00pm, (including Sundays), subject to the Church being available.

One of us is Catholic. Does that matter?
One of us has been married before. What do we do?
Do we both have to be Christian?
Does the Church arrange Marriage Preparation?
What are the legal requirements?
How much will it cost?
Can we be involved in planning the service?
How can we arrange the music?
Can we have Bells?
How about access and facilities?
Can we have a video recording of the service?
Do we have a rehearsal?
What about flowers in the church?
Marriage Blessing and Renewal of Vows
Holy Communion