Weddings and Blessings

Marriage And Renewal

Preparing to get married is a very exciting time for couples and so is the marriage dedication service of a blessing.   St John’s welcomes all couples who desire God’s presence to guide and strengthen them in the years of married life ahead.

Weddings And Blessings In Church

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What should I expect when booking a date?

When you make contact, we’ll check the Parish Diary and confirm the date you’ve requested. For legal reasons, we normally need to book a wedding at least one full month in advance — although, in special cases, we may be able to make emergency provisions at short notice. If you would find it helpful to chat beforehand, please ask and we’ll book an appointment.

Who can get married here?

It is a legal requirement that couples marrying in church should have a qualifying connection to the Parish Church. This will typically mean that one of the partners meets one of the following conditions:

  • you live in the parish;
  • you worship in the church and have joined the electoral roll;
  • you were baptised in the parish;
  • you were confirmed in the parish;
  • your parents or grandparents were married in the church;
  • you or a parent formerly lived in the parish for six months;
  • you or a parent formerly attended worship in the church for six months.

If you are concerned about meeting these conditions, ring or contact us via our contact page.

I’ve been divorced. Can I still get married in church?

Yes! Human lives are messy, and the church proclaims redemption. Once upon a time, divorce was a bar to a church wedding, but much has changed since then and those days are long gone. Today, you will find clergy at St. John’s who are happy to preside over a second marriage ceremony and will be more than willing to chat through any concerns you may have. Please be in touch.

What about same-sex couples?

Bit of good news on this front, and a bit of bad news. By law, the Church in Wales is not permitted to solemnise a same-sex marriage; this must be done through a registrar. That said, the Bishops of the Church in Wales made provision some years ago, for clergy and congregations to pray with same-sex couples who have already made their vows before the civil authorities and to ask for God’s presence with them. Again, you will find clergy at St. John’s who are happy to do so, and a quick contact through the form below will allow us to chat with you further.

For a Blessing Ceremony for a civil marriage or a wedding anniversary please visit our contact page to get in touch.

Wedding FAQ

You can start the conversation through our contact form by clicking the button here

You can fill in the online query form by clicking the ‘Arrange a Wedding’ button at the top of the page.

Banns are announcements in church of your intention to marry and a chance for anyone to put forward a reason why the marriage may not lawfully take place. On these occasions, everyone in your church will also be praying for you. It can be very special and moving, so go along if you can. Banns are called no more than three months before the wedding.

No. The priest presiding at your wedding will issue a Marriage Document to the Registry Office, who in turn will issue your marriage certificate.  You do not normally need to be in contact with them prior to the wedding unless one of you is a foreign national.  In that case, you’ll need to get a Marriage Schedule from them – a document authorising the priest to solemnise your marriage – so please be sure to do this in good time.

No. Fridays are very popular days for weddings. Provided the church is available you can get married on any day between 8 am and 5 pm. It is very unusual for marriages to take place on Sundays due to the Sunday services.

You certainly may.  We’d be delighted to help. 

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