Weddings are now tightly regulated due to COVID-19.
First of all, congratulations on your engagement.
We’re so pleased that you are checking out your local church as a potential venue for marriage ceremony. There are many things you get from marrying in a church than you cannot get from any other wedding venue.
During the current restrictions, the guidelines state that currently weddings can go ahead but with only 30 people present.
Until the church is open for services and Banns can be read on 3 consecutive Sundays, a Bishop’s Common License has to be applied for. The cost of this license if £200.
· Preparing for marriage – as a church we at St. Margaret’s believe in helping couples to begin their married life from a really secure and firm foundation. This is why we offer for free, a marriage preparation day called “Marriage by Design” [add link to video] to all couples marrying at St. Margaret’s. it is held once or twice a year and details are sent after a booking is made.
· A spiritual element – God’s blessing on your marriage is an attraction to couples no matter what your beliefs. God is with you all the way and wants to be involved in your loving relationship.
· Vows – you make big vows in front of your family & friends. You can only make vows this big in a church. These vows will help you to stay together and grow together. God and St Margaret’s are there for you to help you keep your vows.
· Making it personal – you’ll meet the Vicar fairly early on and he she will want to get to know you a little before the ceremony and this means the most important part of your day can be made very personal, memorable, meaningful & beautiful by blending traditional with contemporary. You are involved at each step in planning your ceremony and you’ll also have a rehearsal before the big day to help put your nerves at rest – no other wedding celebrant offers this service.
· The building – St. Margaret’s is a 12th Century, Grade 1 listed church which has been well maintained and improved over many years. You can just imagine how many thousands of couples have said their vows on the spot you will say yours – amazing. The interior now is more modern to suit the church’s needs but the history is still very much there.
· You can be involved in making about your ceremony. We can offer outline order of service to help you plan.
· Special experience. For some people, a church simply seems like the place to get married. Churches can be described as ‘peaceful’, ‘serene’, or having an atmosphere that makes marrying there a particularly special.
· And after your wedding, you’ll realise that a church is more than simply a wedding venue.
Initially please complete this enquiry form [add link] and someone will be in touch.
Then come to a service one Sunday morning to meet the Vicar and his team before the booking is made and to check out the options available to you. We doubt that you’ll book the reception venue without looking at it first and the church booking is no different.
One or both of us are divorced can we get married in the church?
YES - but this is entirely at the discretion of the
Vicar and you need to talk to him about this before a booking can be made. Attending “Marriage by Design “ is also compulsory. Please contact the church office [add link]
We don’t come to church; can we still get married there?
Yes, provided you fit into one of these categories & you can provide evidence where indicated *
· One or both of you currently live in the parish of St. Margaret’s [Wolston, Brandon or Bretford] or St. Peter’s [Church Lawford & Kings Newnham] or lived here for at least 6 months* during your life time.
· One parent has lived in the parish for at least 6 months*
· One of you was baptised or confirmed in the parish *
· A parent or grandparent were married at the church. *
· You worship in the parish for six months – at least twice a month*.
Do we have to be baptised and/ confirmed to marry in church?
One of us is Roman Catholic can we get married in an Anglican Church?
Can same sex couples get married in church?
Although same sex-marriage legislation is now in force, it remains the case that it is not legally possible for same-sex couples to marry in the Church of England.
Important: Marriage Banns
Parliament has laid down that the publication of marriage banns is a legal requirement if you want to get married in the Church of England. It means the public announcement by the minister during a normal church service that two people wish to marry, and gives a chance for anyone in the congregation to put forward a legal reason why the wedding should not take place. This is extremely rare!
If you live in the streets in the Parish, your banns will need to be read here whether you are getting married here or in another church. If you need us to read your banns, please contact the church office at least four months before your wedding day. There is a small fee payable. This is an essential legal requirement - no banns, no marriage! If you live in another parish and think you may be eligible to to be married here, you will need to have the banns read there too. The banns will be read at our main service at 11am on a Sunday morning, for three weeks in a row.