Marriage is God’s gift by which man and woman make come together in love and in joy, for mutual support and for raising of a family. It is the bedrock of human society. Marriage in church is regulated by civil and church law through the Marriage Measure 2008.
Can I marry at St Mary's or St. John's?
Yes, if you meet one or more of the following conditions.
If one of you:
lives in the parish;
regularly attends Mass here;
was baptised at St Mary's or St. John's:
has been confirmed and was prepared for confirmation in the parish;
has at any time lived in the parish for at least 6 months;
has at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months (regularly will be understood as at least once a month).
Are there any exceptions to these conditions?
Yes. In certain circumstances a Special Licence may be granted for couples who cannot attend the church on a regular basis.
How much does it cost?
Marriage service: £466
Publication of banns (and certificate): £30 (+£14)
Heating (in winter months) £100
If you wish to make a video recording of your wedding you will need to agree this with us in advance. You will also need a Wedding Video Recording Licence. Your cameraman may have one these in place for the whole year but it is your duty to ensure this is so otherwise you may be in breach on copyright. If you need to buy a licence it can be purchased through www.ccli.co.uk.
Banns of marriage
(where a wedding takes place elsewhere) A fee of £44 that includes Publication and Certificate.
What preparation is required?
Preparation is required before marriage and this includes the contents of the service itself and a full rehearsal.
For further details please contact Rev. Michelle or Fr. Tom