A church wedding is a great way for a couple to express their life-long commitment to each other. We will do our best to make your wedding a wonderful, spiritual, experience for you and your family and friends.
To book a wedding with us, please get in touch to book a meeting, at which we will go through some of the different options and set a date. To reserve a particular date we ask for a deposit of £50.
We look forward to hearing from you, but in the meantime here are the answers to some common questions:
Who can get married at Emmanuel?
If neither of you has been married before and at least one of you lives in the parish or meets one of the other ‘qualifying connections’ then we will be able to take your booking. If you are unsure whether you live in the parish please check by visiting ‘A Church Near You’ and clicking ‘find us’.
If you don’t currently live in the parish, and you’re not already on our Electoral Roll (membership list), then you can still get married with us if you can show:
That one of you:
• has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
• was baptised in the parish concerned or
• was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
• has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
• has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
• has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents or grandparents:
• was married in the parish
If none of these things are the case, don’t worry! You can still get married with us, but you’ll need to attend our services for a period of 6 months (so you can go on our Electoral Roll). We will usually take a provision booking once you have attended for about 3 months. We ask you to normally attend at least twice a month.
Do you remarry divorcees?
We are happy to talk to you about the possibility of remarrying in church.
What are banns?
Banns are the legal method by which we acquire the license to perform your wedding. Banns have to be read here at Emmanuel, and if one of you lives in another parish in that parish as well. It is your responsibility to arrange to have your banns read in the other parish. It is worth contacting them well ahead of your wedding date to ensure that they are read. The other parish will also need to charge you, for providing a certificate to prove that the banns have been read. Legally, we’re not allowed to marry you if you don’t have the banns certificate.
To find out which parish you live in, please visit A Church Near You, which includes a postcode finder (the link will open in a new window).
We normally have weddings on a Saturday and are happy to be flexible on times, particularly as we understand the difficulties in booking receptions, and getting everyone together. People usually choose two or three hymns and one or two Bible readings during the service, which we will talk more to you about when we meet. Except during Lent and Advent there will be some flowers in church, but you are welcome to provide additional flowers.
What is the cost?
The amount you will pay varies a bit depending on exactly what you choose, but is somewhere in the region of £500.
Do you do wedding blessings?
We are very happy to carry out wedding blessings, where the couple repeat their wedding vows. Increasingly, people choose to get married abroad, and a wedding blessing is a good way of allowing friends and family to celebrate the wedding, once the couple have returned from their honeymoon. Wedding blessings are also a good way of celebrating significant anniversaries. There will be a charge depending on the nature of the service. Again, please contact us to find out more details.