Thinking about getting married at St Mary’s?
St Mary’s is a really special place to start the rest of your life together, we welcome anyone wishing to get married at St Mary’s. Weddings are one of the most important days in your life and we will do everything we can to make it a memorable and happy occasion so that your marriage begins on the firmest foundations.
Can I get married at St Mary’s?
Marriage at St Mary’s is made possible in one of three ways: if you live in the parish, are habitual worshippers at the church, or have a strong link with the parish through family or work. If one or both of you has been divorced then the clergy will want to discuss with you how the previous marriage went wrong and the needs and concerns of any children from a previous marriage or relationship. If the clergy are happy to marry you then you can be married under the same qualifying conditions as above. If one of you belongs to another faith that is not Christian, then it may still be possible for you to get married at St Mary’s but you must have the normal Christian service.
Calling of Banns
The ‘calling of banns’ is a legal requirement when a couple’s intention to marry is read out at the main service on three consecutive Sundays in the three months before the marriage date. Banns are called in the parish of residence of each couple and in the church where the marriage will take place (these may all be the same).