Christians believe that marriage is a gift from God. In the marriage service, a couple make a public declaration of lifelong commitment to love each other, for better and for worse; in sickness and in health.
A Church wedding may be grand or simple, but at its heart is the desire to seek God’s blessing on your vows and your relationship as husband and wife.
BOOKING YOUR WEDDING
If you would like to make enquiries or arrangements for a Wedding (or Blessing or Renewal Service) we hold monthly sessions at our sister church St Leonard’s, Beoley. These are on 1st Thursday of each month from 6pm – 8pm.
No appointment is needed just pop along where we will have a team of people readying to welcome you and guide you though your booking and planning.
Dates for 2023 are:
March 2nd , April 20th May 4th , June 1st, July 6th, August 3rd, September 7th
CAN WE GET MARRIED AT ST LAURENCE?
In order to get married at St Laurence, you will need a qualifying connection with the church. We can help check this for you.
If one or both of you has been married before, it may still be possible to have a wedding at St Laurence. Every situation is approached individually, and a confidential interview with the Vicar will need to be arranged to discuss whether it would be suitable to be married at the church.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET MARRIED IN CHURCH?
There is a required legal fee for marrying in a church.
In 2023 it costs £618.00 if you marry away from where you live and £564.00 if you marry in your home parish. This is set by the Church of England nationally and is the same for every church.
This basic legal fee includes the cost of the vicar, the church, calling your banns, a banns certificate, the marriage certificate, lighting and all administration.
In addition to these statutory fees, there are a number of optional additions such as an organist, choir, bells etc.which can make your day run smoothly and more special. We will happily go through these with you.
PLANNING YOUR WEDDING
Planning your wedding is a joyous occasion, but it can also be stressful. We are here to guide you through planning your service, if you would like to start thinking about this together beforehand, The Church of England has a dedicated website giving examples of hymns and readings that are suitable at weddings.
This is a useful tool in helping plan your wedding service.
As you consider the possibility of marrying in church you might feel that you want to know more about the Christian faith. Reverend Gail will be happy to talk to you about this.