Marriage is a significant step in a relationship and your wedding day should be one of the most important and memorable of your life. We warmly welcome anyone who wishes to get married in our parish and our three churches are wonderful venues. We will work with you to ensure that your wedding is a happy occasion.
The Vicar will help you to plan your wedding service. A wealth of information can be found on the Church of England’s Wedding website. It is strongly recommended that you agree a date and time with the Vicar before making a reservation for your wedding reception. Availability of the church and the Vicar cannot be guaranteed.
You can marry in one of our parish churches if you can show that at least one of you:
has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months;
was baptised in the parish concerned;
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.
You can also marry in one of our parish churches if you can prove one of the following connections:
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
if one of your parents or grandparents was married in the parish.
If you are both UK citizens and are eligible for marriage at one of our parish churches , it is a legal requirement for your marriage banns to be called. If one or both of you are resident in a separate parish, your banns will need to be called in this parish as well. If you are under 18 years old, you will need your parents’ consent to be married and by law you cannot be married until you are 16. A wedding can take place on any day of the week (subject to agreement with the Vicar) but must take place between 8.00am and 6.00pm.
If one or both of the people marrying is a foreign national or if your marriage is to take place too soon for Banns to be read, then you will need to apply for a licence.
A note on same-sex marriages
Sadly, we currently unable in law to hold same-sex marriages in our parish. We hope that this position will change in the coming years. In the meantime, we are very happy to work with you to find other ways for you to celebrate your relationship in one of our churches. If you would like to have a conversation about this, please contact the Parish Office in the first instance.
If you are to be married in one of our churches, or if you are to be married at another Church of England church and one or both of you are resident in our parish, it is a legal requirement for your Banns of Marriage to be called. Banns will be called over three Sundays within three months of the date of your wedding. This will usually take place on Sundays at the 9.30am Parish Eucharist at Dunstan’s and you will be very welcome to attend.
For further enquiries about marriage banns, please contact the Parish Office.