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Weddings at St. Mark's Church
If you are interested in arranging a wedding at St. Marks Church you will need to speak to a member of our clergy team who are available each Saturday morning between 11 and 12 or contact the church office and ask for our Church Administrator.
Frequently asked questions
Why get married in church?
Wherever you choose to get married, you make a public declaration of life-long commitment to love each other faithfully and you take on a new legal status as husband and wife. If you choose to get married in church, there is the added dimension of showing that you desire and welcome God’s involvement too. Including God in your marriage doesn’t mean that you will avoid all the usual ups and downs, but you will know that you can look to God for help and guidance and know that God’s love is available to sustain you. You will also have the support and encouragement of the Christian Church family.
Can we get married in St. Mark's church?
Thanks to a relatively new law, there is now more choice about which church you are able to get married in. If one of you has what’s known as a qualifying connection (e.g. baptised in the church, live or have lived in the parish, etc.) then you would be able to get married at St Mark’s Church. However, if you do not have one of these connections, you may still be able to marry at St Mark’s if you are willing to commit to worshipping with us regularly for a period of 6 months.
What if one of us is divorced?
The Church of England teaches that marriage is for life. It also recognizes that some marriages sadly do fail and, if this should happen, it seeks to be available for all involved. The Church accepts that, in exceptional circumstances, a divorced person may marry again in church. If you are divorced and are wondering about the possibility of having your wedding at St Mark’s Church, you should in the first instance arrange to discuss this with a member of the clergy team.
What are the legal requirements?
Unless you are getting married by Common or Special Licence, the normal way is to have your banns read out in church on three Sundays during the three months before your wedding. The banns must be read in the parish where each of you lives as well as the church in which you are to be married if that is in another parish. Couples usually try to attend church to hear their banns read.
How much will it cost?
The cost of a marriage is set each year by the Church of England, you can check the latest costs at their website or by clicking here.
The Church of England fee covers reading the banns, the marriage service, and a certificate of marriage. Optional extras include such things as an organist, choir, worship band, flowers, additional certificates and heating (Sept to Apr).