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The joining of two human beings in holy matrimony is one of the great causes for celebration in the church. If you are looking to get married at St. John’s, we welcome the chance to offer you God’s blessing to strengthen you as you take this first new step in life together. Find out more below. 

Common Questions

Who can get married here?

It is a legal requirement that couples marrying in church should have a qualifying connection to the Parish Church. This will typically mean that  one of the partners meets one  of the following conditions: 

  • you live in the parish
  • you worship in the church and have joined the electoral roll
  • you were baptised in the parish
  • you were confirmed in the parish
  • your parents or grandparents were married in the church
  • you or a parent previously lived here for six months or more
  • you or a parent previously attended worship here for six months or more

If you are concerned about meeting these conditions, please feel free to be in touch and we’ll see how we can help you. 

I’ve been divorced. Can I still get married in church?

Yes! Human lives are messy, the church proclaims redemption. Once upon a time, divorce was a bar to a church wedding, but much has changed, and (thankfully) those days are long gone. Today you will find clergy here who are happy to preside over a second marriage ceremony and will be more than willing to chat through any concerns you may have. Please be in touch. 

What about same-sex couples?

The good news is this: yes, we can and will  bless your marriage or, indeed, your civil partnership. The not-so-stellar news is that we are not (yet?) allowed by law to conduct marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples. If you would like your marriage blessed in church, you’ll need to have a civil ceremony first with the registrar. But you will find clergy here who are happy to bless your union and ask for God’s presence within it. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Can we have our marriage blessed after a civil wedding?

Yes, of course. Unless you have other creative ideas – in which case, feel free to chat with us – this will look largely like a wedding, only with the vows conducted in the past tense (as an acknowledgement and celebration, rather than a fresh vow). 

Can we have our marriage blessed or renew our vows to celebrate an anniversary?

Absolutely. We’d be delighted to celebrate with you in this way. Just be in touch so we can discuss with you what the ceremony will look like. 

What about the fees?

Fees vary from year to year, but we advise you to set aside £650-£700. The standard fees for a church wedding are set annually by the Welsh Government and the Church in Wales and tend to increase with inflation. In addition to the statutory fees, our fees cover the organist and a couple of our people to assist on the day. Our choir is available for a small additional fee, which goes directly to reward the young people of the choir who work hard and give their time. We can also stream your wedding on YouTube by request. 

Do we need to contact the registrar?

For the vast majority of couples (assuming both are British nationals), the answer is “no”. Anglican clergy are authorised to conduct weddings in their own right, without need for a registrar to be present. However, there are cases where  foreign nationals need permission before marrying and a document from the registrar called a “Marriage Schedule”. We would advise all foreign nationals to check with the Registrar and the Home Office well before the ceremony to see what additional procedures may be necessary. We will work with you in this process.

What about banns and licences?

Most church weddings for British nationals require banns to called beforehand; banns is a legal procedure where we simply announce in church three times in three weeks your intention to marry. In the case of foreign nationals or weddings that must be arranged very quickly, it may be required that you get married by license, rather than banns. In these cases, the process is fairly straightforward: you simply demonstrate your identity and freedom to marry to a church official, who will issue the licence granting permission to marry in church. If you have any queries, the clergy here will be happy to help. 

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