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?

Costs and Contacts

The Priest in Charge is Rev’d Harriet Orridge

Tel: 01400 281281                               

Parish Administrator:  Davina Tyler     

Please find the church you require below to find the relevant person for your enquiries.


St Swithun’s at Long Bennington

Church Wardens

Jill Frogatt                     01400 281204

Susan Andersen                             

Verger        Jill Froggatt                            (details as above)

Flowers        Beryl Holmes                        01400 281437

Organist        John Heald                          01400 272445

Treasurer        Jane Cowley                     01400 282691.


St Peter’s at Foston

Church Warden    Andy Blanchard    01476 979515.

Verger        Jenny Bullock                  01400 281611

Flowers        Rita Drury                      01400 281660

Organist        Gillian Clayton               01400 282727

Organist        John Heald                    01400 272445

Treasurer        Andy Blanchard           01476 979515


Holy Trinity at Allington

Church Warden   Chris Dicken            01400 281524

Verger        As Above

Flowers        Jill Storer                         01400 283542

Organist        Mary McKinlay               01400 281671     (or Marion on 01400 281496)

Organist        John Heald                     01400 272445

Treasurer        Chris Dicken                01400 281524.


St Lawrence at Sedgebrook

Church Warden    Malcolm Stuart

Church Warden    Barbara Farrow

Organist        John Heald        01400 272445


For more information, please visit our website at

Please see reverse for fees.


Wedding Fees

(From January 2020)

Service                                         £463

Heating Costs                             October to May                £100

                                                    June and September            £50

                                                    July to August                No Fees


Organist. (John Heald)                No Video                    £130.        Videoed service                £150


Verger                                             £50


Reading of Banns                          £31



Certificate  of                    Required if resident outside        £14 each

Banns                                 the parish from each church 

                                            where couple live    


Marriage Certificate          at time of registration            £11

Marriage Certificate         subsequent to time of registration    £11


Flowers, Choir or Bell ringers - Please make your own arrangements. 

You are welcome to contact the relevant person on this sheet or let them know that you will be making arrangements elsewhere.


Bell ringers:  Please contact Shelagh Dunning -

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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