Marriage at St Andrew’s
Filmed by Roberto Bellaccomo Photography and Videography
Getting married is a wonderful celebratory moment in our lives. Being married is the most healthy of relationships for the couple and for any children. We believe in it and encourage you to consider it
Christian marriage is a commitment by a man and a woman to a life long and exclusive relationship. The couple will vow to each other that they will love, comfort, honour and protect each other and, forsaking all others, be faithful as long as they both shall live.
If you live in the parish of St Andrew’s, you are legally entitled to be married in the parish church, whether or not you are a churchgoer or a believer. Of course the marriage service is a Christian one and the State recognises it as a valid marriage and you do not need to go to the civil registry. If you think that marriage is for you, whether you are already living together or not, whether you already have children or not, then please be in touch through this website or be in touch with one of the clergy*.
In addition, even if neither of you live in the parish, if one of a couple meet any one of a number of situations, you can be married in a Church of England parish church . Here are the situations
What does it cost?
Arrange to meet with the vicar who will:
- ask you to fill in a short form
- arrange to meet with you several times
- arrange to have your banns read in church. Please download and complete the banns form here Banns Information Form 2018
- discuss with you the arrangements for the marriage service – there is plenty of scope to personalise the service
- talk with you about marriage – ‘For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health’
What will it cost?
The fees are set by Parliament each year and for 2017 are:
£29.00 Publication of banns of marriage
£14.00 Certificate of banns
£441.00 Marriage Service
£4.00 Marriage Certificate
There can be some other costs if you choose to have an organist and flowers arranged by the church
Lots more help can be found at your church wedding which is the Church of England’s really helpful site
* Although same sex marriage legislation is now in force, it remains the case that it is not legally possible for same sex couples to marry in the Church of England.