Weddings

Today more than a quarter of all marriages in England take place before God in the traditional setting of a Church of England church. You're welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptised and whether or not you go to church.

Legal Preliminaries
We want to encourage marriage and so you can marry in St. Barnabas Church if you can answer Yes to one of the following statements:

  • I was baptised in the parish
  • I prepared for confirmation in the parish
  • My parent or Grandparent was married in the parish
  • I have had my usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months
  • My parent has had their usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months during my lifetime.
  • I have habitually attended public worship at the parish church for at least 6 months
  • My parent has habitually attended public worship at the parish church for at least 6 months during my lifetime.


St Barnabas parish and St Mary's parish share a vicar and are a united benefice. This means that if you live in St Barnabas parish and would like to be married in St Mary's church that is fine and vice versa.


Banns
Banns are an announcement and a legal requirement of your intention to marry and have to be read out on 3 Sundays prior to the Wedding, in the parishes where each of you lives.

The Banns are read at the 9:15am service in St. Barnabas Church and the 11.00am service in St Mary's Church.

If anyone would like their Banns read because they live in our parish and are getting married elsewhere, please contact the office by phone on 01252 873839 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Marriage Preparation
We invite all couples who are being married during the year, to attend a marriage preparation session. This is an opportunity to discuss the Christian aspects of marriage and look at the Marriage Service. We strongly recommend you make every effort to attend as those who have done so in the past have found it very beneficial.


Music
Most couples choose two or three hymns, as well as organ music to be played as the bride enters and as the couple leave the church.


Flowers
We recommend you organise your own florist to arrange the floral decorations. We do ask and would be grateful if you would leave a pedestal arrangement for our Sunday Services.


Photographs and Video
We are happy for photographs to be taken once the service is over, at the signing of the Register and subsequently.

If you are planning to video the service, you will need to sign our Permission to Video form, which will cover the need for you to obtain a copyright licence.


Rehearsal
A time and date for a rehearsal prior to the wedding will be made, at which the couple together with best man, bridesmaid, parents and a representative of the ushers is usually present. This will help to make you feel at ease on the day and for the service to run smoothly.

If you would like a wedding in St Barnabas church or St Marys church please contact Iris Scammells on 01252 873503 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.