Church Weddings At St. Matthew’s
Weddings take place now in all sorts of wonderful places, but there is something special about a church wedding. You don’t have to be a regular church goer, you may not be able to put easily into words why it is that you want to begin your married life with God’s blessing, but do contact us for an initial chat about how we can help make your day perfect.
There used to be a lot of regulations about which church you could or could not marry in, but this is no longer the case and at the end of this piece you can read about what you need in order for us to celebrate your wedding at St Matthew’s.
It is normally best to get in touch with us about a year before your wedding day, so that we can help you to plan things at a relaxed pace. Where one or both of the couple are not British citizens, it is important to give as much time as possible for the extra paper work we have to do.
One of the Staff team will meet with you both soon after your initial enquiry, so that we can make sure all the residence qualifications are met. We will get the paperwork all done for you, set a date and talk through with you the specific requirements of your wedding. Because we are part of the Church of England, there are set words for us to use at the service, but you can choose extra readings and music to make the day truly your own. We can also help you in preparing your own personalised order of service.
You will be offered the chance to attend a number of sessions where we look at what marriage is and our own hopes and expectations of the future. These are not formal at all, and can be a great way of preparing for the day.
A meeting with our Director of Music to finalise your music choice and a rehearsal in church will take place before all the excitement of the big day.
We also have facilities available in our Church Hall for wedding receptions.
We are able to marry couples in St. Matthew’s where one of the following applies
One of you is on the church’s electoral roll
One of you has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months
One of you has regularly attended normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months
One of you was baptised in the parish
One of you was prepared for confirmation in the parish
A Parent has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months
A Parent has regularly attended normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months
A Parent or grandparent was married in the parish
If you do not fit these categories, but feel there is a special significance for your wedding to take place in St. Matthew’s we are more than happy to discuss this – but it is likely that a special licence would have to be obtained. Please get in touch as early as possible. We will of course help you through the paperwork involved.
If you have been previously married, please get in touch. We follow the guidelines of the Church of England which means that in most situations we will be delighted to have your wedding at St Matthew’s.