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 Johns 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 for six months.
If you are concerned about meeting these conditions, please ring and speak to us.
For a Blessing Ceremony, please visit our contact page to get in touch.
What About The Fees, Legalities And Small Print?
Fees: the standard church wedding fees are set annually by the Welsh Government. In addition, our fees cover the organist and those who assist on the day. Fees vary from year to year but are currently in the range of £550-£600.
Legalities: Most church weddings require banns to be called beforehand. Calling the banns is a legal procedure in which your intention to marry is announced in the main parish service for three weeks running. (If one or both of you is not resident in the parish, you will need to have banns called in your own Parish Church as well.) We normally call banns during the first three weeks of the month before the wedding. There is no legal requirement for a couple to be present, but many families do enjoy coming along to hear the banns read.
Under certain circumstances — most often the marriage of a foreign national or a wedding that, for some reason, must be conducted quickly — we would require marriage by common licence, rather than banns. Obtaining a licence is a fairly straightforward process by which you demonstrate your identity to a church official. If you have a query, the priest-in-charge will be happy to assist.
If you have no qualifying connection to the parish, as described above, but still believe you have a strong reason to be married in the parish, please make contact and we can investigate whether an Archbishop’s special licence from the Archbishop of Canterbury would be appropriate for your circumstances.
If you would like to make a booking for a wedding then please fill in the application form by clicking on the ‘Arrange A Wedding’ button above.
Blessings are not arranged by online application but by contacting our Church through the contact form by clicking the button here
You can fill in the online booking form by clicking the button at the top of the page and then arrange to see the Vicar for further discussion.
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.
The Marriage can only be ‘pencilled in’ until the banns are called. The Vicar will discuss with you your wedding plans. Do you want a choir, church bells – and what about flowers? He will arrange to see you again at a later date.
No. The Vicar will be able to issue you with your Marriage Certificate.
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.
Yes, providing the cause of the divorce was not adultery.