Can we get married at St Marys?
You may wish to marry at St Mary’s, even though you don’t live in the parish, because it has special significance for you through family or other special connections. Thanks to a new law an engaged couple can now do just that if either of you can show just one of the following seven connections with Wendover parish.
That one of you:
- was baptised in the parish or
- was prepared for confirmation in the 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 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 or
That one of your parents or grandparents:
- was married in the parish
In all cases involving church services – i.e. going to normal church services, baptism, confirmation or marriage – this applies only to Church of England services. Even if you cannot demonstrate any of the above connections, we want to help you explore whether it may still be possible for you to marry at St Mary’s.
Please contact the Parish Office who will send you all the information you need and put you in touch with the vicar to discuss the options open to you.
One of us is divorced, so can we still get married in church?
Yes, as the Church of England rules which used to prohibit marriage after a divorce have now changed.
However, decisions are made on an individual basis – the clergy will be happy to meet with you to discuss your situation. Please contact the Parish Office to arrange this.
So how do we arrange our wedding?
Please contact @stmarys office on 01296 623123. They’ll take your details and send you all the information you need.
How far in advance should we book?
How much will it cost?
The basic cost of a church wedding in 2013 will be £557; bells and flowers are extra. All the details of costs are listed in the wedding information pack which will be sent to you.
Will we need to do any preparation before getting married in church?
Each year we run a short course on a Sunday afternoon to help couples prepare for marriage. Couples getting married in Wendover or Halton are invited to this event, as are couples who live in Wendover but are getting married elsewhere. The aim of this afternoon is to enable couples to consider aspects of their relationship. It is an informal afternoon which includes refreshments and the opportunity to look at the wedding service.
Can we contact someone who has been married at St Mary’s?
If you’d like to speak to a couple who married recently at St Mary’s please contact the Parish Office.
The Church of England has a website dedicated to helping you plan your special day http://www.yourchurchwedding.org/