We love to help couples celebrate their wedding and prepare them for their marriage! Please have a look at this site which gives details of just how special a church wedding can be. The site gives details of what might make you automatically entitled to get married at St Martin’s. Please contact the vicar to check if you qualify. Of course anyone worshipping with us for 6 months or more qualifies for a church wedding, so this may be the easiest way to get married at St Martin’s.
Why get married in church?
A marriage service, wherever it is held, is a public declaration of love and commitment to your partner. If you choose to get married in church, there is an added dimension – the assurance that God cares about your relationship and that his resources and strength are available to help you. 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 that his love will sustain you. You will also have the support and encouragement of the Christian Church family.
Getting married at St Martin’s
To get married at St Martin’s you need to demonstrate that you have met just one of the seven connections with the parish listed below.
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 concerned or
- was prepared for confirmation in the parish 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 in St Martin’s.
Please speak to the Vicar who would be happy to help you with your enquiry.
Marriage after Divorce
In certain circumstances, where one of the couple wishing to be married has previously been divorced, it may be possible to be married at St Martin’s. This should be mentioned in your initial enquiry.
Renewal of Wedding Vows
We are always delighted to offer couples the opportunity to renew or reaffirm their wedding vows to each other. This may be to celebrate an anniversary, such as a silver, ruby or golden wedding. It may also be something couples wish to do after a time of separation or difficulty in their marriage.If you have any questions about renewing your wedding vows at St Martin’s, you are always welcome to discuss your plans with the Vicar, but we have compiled some of the common questions that we are frequently asked to get you started. Many of the couples for whom we conduct services for the renewal of vows are returning to the church where they were married. However, many are also local people who were married elsewhere and now want to reaffirm their wedding vows at their local church. We would normally only offer this service in St Martin’s, as either part of one of our main services, or as a separate service. However, there may be good reasons (e.g. illness) which would make it appropriate for it to happen elsewhere.
What happens on the day?
In many ways that is up to you. Couples vary in the kind of celebration they wish to have as part of renewing their vows. At one extreme, it may be that you just want a simple prayer at the end of one of our regular Sunday services. At the other, you may want a full service at a time of your choosing, surrounded by friends and family. This might look very similar to a wedding service with hymns, readings, a talk, prayers as well the actual exchange of vows. Sometimes couples also want to give each other a new ring (or rings).
How do we arrange it?
The first thing to do is to contact a member of clergy, who will explain the process to you, and arrange for appropriate preparation for you.
What does it cost?
This really depends on the kind of service you choose. There is no charge for a simple prayer at the end of one of our regular Sunday services, but for a service at a separate time fees are charged. The clergy will be able to discuss with you the various options, and possible expenses.