Getting Married in Church

Firstly many congratulations on your engagement, let the planning begin, we are here to help and support you.   There are many wonderful venues for a wedding, but the  church  offers  more.  We  want  to  help  your wedding to be perfect, and to support you before, during and after the day.

Here are some questions people ask about getting married in church.

Who can get married at one of the Saxonwell Churches?

Holy Trinity, Allington.  St Peters, Foston.  St Swithun’s, Long Bennington, St Lawrence, Sedgebrook. 

YOU CAN get married in one of our Churches, if one of you:

  • Live or have ever lived in the parish
  • Were baptised or confirmed in one of the above Churches
  • Have ever regularly gone to church at one of our Churches
  • Have parents who have lived in the parish in your lifetime
  • Have parents who have ever regularly gone to one of our Churches 
  • Have parents or grandparents who were married in one of our Churches

If these don’t apply to you, please speak to us, as it may still be possible to be married in the church, or to arrange a blessing in church after a civil wedding.


Do you have to have been baptised to get married in church?

Is it expensive?
The cost of a church service is set Nationally.  These are currently:

  • Service -                               £455

  • Reading of Banns.                £30

  • Banns Certificate.                 £14

  • Wedding Certificate              £4

There are also local fees which cover:

  • The Verger.                           £50
  • Organist (if you have one)    £130
  • Bell Ringing (If you have them Long Bennington only) - please contact Sheila Dunning -
  • Heating.   October to May £100 (St Lawrence Sedgebrook £50), June to September £50, July to August - no charge.

What if I am divorced?
It is still sometimes possible to get married in church, so please talk to the Vicar

What happens next?
If you are interested in getting married in church, or just want to know more call us on 01400 281281 or e-mail the Parish Office,

One of the clergy will meet with you to set a date, and then as the day approaches, we will help you to plan the service, hymns, readings, and to prepare for your new life together as a married couple. There will be a rehearsal in church in the week before the big day.

Whether your wedding is in church or not, the church thinks marriage is wonderful and important, and will help and support you before your wedding, and all through your life together.

There’s more information about church weddings at  Alternatively, please contact Rev’d Harriet Orridge. Email: Tel;  01400 281281

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