A wedding at St John Baptist is an unforgettable day, not only for the bride and groom, but for family and friends too.
Situated in a semi-rural location, the Parish Church offers a beautiful location. It is easily accessible by road and there is car-parking available.
To arrange weddings email with your names and addresses and we’ll arrange to meet
The parish church welcomes the opportunity to hold weddings and is available for weddings in accordance with the regulations of the Church of England. To arrange a wedding at St. John Baptist please contact Parish Administration at the Hoggarth Room, firstname.lastname@example.org.
What a joy it has been to have so many marriages in our Parish Church.
Marriage for anyone is both a solemn and a joyful event but there is that added dimension for a church ceremony. The words with the Christian background take on a fuller meaning – no wonder so many hearts are touched on that day.
As I wait for the bride at the main west door of the church I listen to the bells ringing out their peal to welcome the bride on this special day. It is truly a superb occasion.
As I follow the choir through the church I know that when I turn there is the privilege of seeing the two eager faces of the Bride and Groom as they stand together ready to make their vows. Once these are made, the couple face each other and exchange rings with those marvelous words ‘With my body I honour you, all that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you, within the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.’
The entry and exit music played on our new marvelous four manual organ creates an atmosphere that is truly out of this world. I am frequently asked a number of questions about getting married in Church and so let me answer some of the most popular.
Who can get married in our Church?
The short answer is ‘almost anyone’, but there are some formal rules and some necessary preliminaries we have to apply, and of course there are some legal rules too: for example, you must have your parents’ consent if you’re under eighteen; you must not already be married to someone else; and so on. But assuming there’s no legal barrier, almost everyone can get married in church.
The legal bit: Banns and Licences
If either of you lives in the parish, or maintain a home in the parish, and from October 2008 establish a qualifying connection. the only legal preliminary needed is that we publish the Banns of your marriage. That means that on three Sundays sometime before your wedding day I will announce your intended marriage and ask if anyone present knows of a reason in law why the Marriage shouldn’t take place. I have never known an objection to take place! In many ways it’s an outdated legal formality. If one of you lives in the parish and the other lives in a different parish the Banns have to be read in both parishes. A licence can be used instead of banns but is not as convenient.
Any of the following statements would be considered a qualifying connection. ALWAYS come to surgery to talk about this in detail.
- I was baptised at St John’s
- I was confirmed at St John’s and entered in its register
- My parents/grandparents were married in St John’s
- I have had my usual place of residence in the Parish for at least 6 months
- One of my parents had a usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months
- I have habitually attended public worship at one of the worship centres for at least 6 months
- One of my parents habitually attended one of the worship centres for at least 6 months during my lifetime.
What if we don’t live in the Parish and have no qualifying connection?
It is still possible if one or both is accepted onto the Church’s Electoral Roll. To do that you must have been baptised; and St John’s, St Martin’s or St Peter’s must have been your ‘habitual place of worship’ during the six months before your Banns are called.
What if one of us is divorced?
The Church of England teaches that marriage is for life, but we also recognise that, sadly, some marriages do fail. It is possible nowadays to marry in Church. Do come and talk to us.
When can we get married?
Marriages can take place on any day between 8.00am and 6.00pm. The deciding factors are what other events are taking place in the Church and also the availability of parking. Owing to the number of services it is not possible for us to officiate on Sundays
Obviously, there are always other questions but if anyone in your families intends to get married they should make initial contact by email, at an early date and to find out how it all works.