Can we get married in your church?
To be married at either St Matthias, The Church of the Ascension or St Peter's Cowleigh, at least one of you must meet one of the following criteria:
Valid qualifying connections are:
If either of you has been married previously and your former spouse is still alive, or if either of you is not a UK national, please contact us before proceeding further, so we can arrange for the Vicar to chat with you about the special circumstances and how best to proceed.
Once you've determined your qualifying connection, the next step is to make an appointment to meet with the Vicar, so that he can fulfill the legal requirements of verifying your identities and your eligibility to marry in the parish. Please use the contact us form to request a meeting date.
You will need to bring with you:
Once the Vicar has given approval for you to marry in the parish, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £140.00 to secure your booking. Your date is not secured until the Vicar has approved your request and you have paid your deposit. At the meeting, the Vicar will advise you as to your wedding options and next steps.
I'm marrying elsewhere and need my banns read here
The reading of banns in the parish where you live and the parish where you intend to wed is a legal requirement for marriage in the UK, whether you're marrying in church or a civil ceremony.
If you live in our parish and intend to get married in a church elsewhere, you'll need to fill out our online banns form and pay £44.00 which we are legally required to collect. (These fees are set nationally by Parliament and the Church of England and are comprised of £30 for publishing the banns and £14 for the certificate which your officiant will need in order to perform your wedding service.)
Once you've submitted the banns form, we will contact you to advise the dates and church(es) where your banns will be read and our details for paying the £44.00 fee. We generally aim to have your banns completed and your certificate emailed to you a month in advance of your wedding.