Congratulations on your engagement! We are delighted that you are thinking of getting married in church. Marriage is a wonderful gift of God described beautifully in the Bible in Genesis Chapter 2, and we are so pleased when couples choose to be married at St James.

People choose a church wedding for a whole range of reasons. However the most important reason for getting married in church is that you will be making your wedding vows in the sight of God and asking God to be central in your married life together.

The Church of England website has some suggestions for the big day and some helpful tips for your marriage. 

Getting Married at St James

Before a wedding can take place there are various legal formalities to be completed and there must be time for marriage preparation. This will normally involve:

  • A member of our clergy team visiting you at your home and then some further meetings to discuss the very important step that you will be taking.
  • Arranging the legal formalities - usually marriage takes place by the Calling of Banns or for foreign nationals, Marriage by Common Licence. 
  • Planning the service.

For this reason, except in cases of serious illness or other similar emergency, there will need to be a gap of at least three months between first contact and the date of the wedding. Therefore please make sure that you contact the Vicar in good time to make arrangements. To avoid disappointment, please check that the church is available before booking your reception venue.

How much does it cost?

The cost of getting married in a Church of England church is standard across the country. Please check with the Church Office for the latest fees.

Arranging for your banns to be read

If you are getting married in another church but live in the parish of St James, you will need to arrange to have your banns read at St James on three Sundays. This must happen no more than three months prior to the date of your wedding and no less than one month before.

In order to do this, you need to complete a Banns Application Form. This can be obtained from the Church Office ( 020 8677 3947). Once the banns have been called, you will be able to collect your banns certificate from the Church Office.

You will need to give the certificate to the vicar of the church where you are going to be married.