Churches within the Church of England are there to serve not only the people who make up the congregation (whether they live in the parish or not), but also the people of their local area (whether they come to church or not). If you decide you would like to have your wedding at St John’s you will need to have some connection with the area or the church. So, you can marry at St John’s if you can show:
That one of you: – has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months; or – was baptised in the parish; or – was prepared for confirmation in the parish; or -has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in St John’s for a period of at least 6 months
One of your parents, at any time after you were born: -has lived in the 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
One of your parents or grandparents was married in the parish
We will read your banns the month before your wedding at the main morning service here at St John’s and if one of you lives in a different parish then they will need to be read in the parish church there too.
If you have any queries about your church wedding do please get in touch by ringing the Vicar on 01928 573798. Even if your enquiry is only tentative we will be very pleased to talk through the legalities of a wedding service and what we can offer here at St John’s.
You might also like to look at the Church of England’s wedding service at https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/worship/texts/pastoral/marriage/marriage.aspx and for other background information look at yourchurchwedding.org.
A wedding at St John’s costs £553. This covers the legal fees, hire of the building, heating, lighting and organist etc. When you decide you want to definitely book the church for your wedding we will ask you to fill a form in and pay a deposit.
And finally – congratulations!