As Christians we believe that marriage is a gift from God. If you do too then we would be pleased to discuss with you holding your wedding at St Margaret's. Our Church has provided a spiritual and charming setting for the weddings of many couples within our community.
Do I have to live in the parish?
If one of you does, then you have a legal entitlement to be married in the Church. To check that your home is within the parish please contact us
Current law says that those who don’t live in the parish but who can prove a previous connection with the parish, or whose parents or grandparents were baptised, confirmed or married in this church, may also have a right to get married at St Margaret’s – we can explore this possibility with you. If you live some distance away, we would always encourage you to consider your local church as the place for your wedding.
Do we have to be practising Christians?
No, but we would expect you both to join in with services in the lead up to your wedding and hopefully afterwards as well. Those hoping to join our electoral roll by worshipping with us regularly need to have been baptised (christened). We tend to find that couples who come to church regularly in the run up to their wedding are much more relaxed on the day because they are familiar with the building and the people who will be helping during the service.
What if one of us has been married before?
The Church of England believes that marriage is for life, but it recognises that sadly, some marriages do fail. In exceptional circumstances, the Church accepts that a divorced person may marry again. To discern whether a subsequent marriage can take place at St Margaret’s, please contact us.
Alternatively, it may be possible to hold a service of prayer and dedication (a blessing) after a civil ceremony.
Do you offer marriage preparation?
We run two or three Marriage Preparation Courses each year. Each course runs for one full day and usually takes place on a Saturday. Once your wedding is booked at St Margaret’s you will receive an invitation to come to one of these days – we really recommend that you invest time in your marriage in this way.
How do I arrange my wedding at St Margaret's
The Church's wedding team meet with couples on a Wednesday evening when necessary. Please contact us to arrange an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!