The ancient parish church of St Michael’s offers you a beautiful setting for your wedding. A Church wedding enables you to celebrate this important occasion in the presence of God and to begin your married life with God’s blessing. All are welcome to a Church of England wedding regardless of your beliefs, whether you are christened or whether you go to church or not. A complication will only arise if one of you has been married before, or, if one of you is a foreign national, if this applies to you and you would like a church wedding, please get in touch with us and we can explore a way forward. We would be delighted if you would consider St Michael’s Church as the venue for your wedding. We can help you plan the occasion and can offer you marriage preparation and support in the lead-up to your wedding.
Your Wedding Questions Answered:
Can I get married at St Michael’s?
You are able to get married in St Michael’s if you currently reside in the parish. If you’re not sure, the parish boundaries can be found here: St Michael’s Parish Boundary
or if you can show that one of you:
has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
was baptised in the parish concerned or
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
or that one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
has lived in the parish for a period of 6 months or
has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents or grandparents was married in the parish
If you’re unsure whether any of the above apply to you but you would really like to get married at St Michael’s, then please get in touch and we can explore the possibility with you.
For more information and a quotation regarding flowers, then please get in touch with the Parish Office and we can refer you on to our flower coordinator, who will be very happy to answer any questions and help your preparations.
How can I book a Wedding at St Michael’s?
If you think you’d like to get married at St Michael’s then we would be delighted to hear from you! Please contact the Parish Office and we can arrange for a meeting between yourself and a member of our clergy. Appointments usually takes place on a Saturday morning between 10am and 11:15am.
What do I need to plan?
Planning a wedding is a very exciting time but we also know it can be quite a daunting experience. For your church wedding there will be readings and hymns to choose, as well as optional extra’s such as bells and flowers to consider. The Church of England Weddings website and ceremony planner can help you with this.
We also host at St Michael’s Marriage Preparation, usually held on a Saturday. You don’t need to come to this to get married at St Michael’s Church, but we really encourage you to think about some kind of marriage preparation ahead of your big day.
However long you and your fiancé have been together or lived together, Marriage Preparation gives you a valuable opportunity to reflect upon and together discuss the life-long commitment you are about to make to each other. You can find out more about Marriage Preparation here:
Otherwise, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Parish Office (01279) 654416 on any weekday between 9:00am and 12:00noon, or email us or use the form below, and we will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.