We are delighted when a couple wish to celebrate their love for each other by making the great commitment of Marriage, and are delighted to assist and support them in this. St Werburghs is extremely popular for weddings, which is perhaps not surprising, given our setting and the intimate and attractive interior. However, there are regulations governing where individuals can be married and we must adhere to these strictly if a marriage is to be lawful.
The regulations are as follows:
Marriage Regulations 2008
With effect from 1 October 2008, to be married in a Parish Church, at least one party to the proposed marriage must satisfy one or more of the following Qualifying Connections
1.Has his/her habitual place of Residence within the bounds of the Parish, or has previously had such habitual residence, for a period in excess of six months.
2.Was Baptised according to the rites of the Church of England at a church in the parish.
3.Has his/her name entered in the Confirmation Register of a church in the parish.
4.Habitually attends public worship according to the rites of the Church of England in the parish, or has previously habitually attended such public worship, for a period in excess of six months.
5.A Parent of a party to be married, during the lifetime of the party,
a) Has his/her habitual place of Residence within the bounds of the Parish, or has in the past been a resident, for a period in excess of six months.
b) Habitually attends public worship according to the rites of the Church of England in the parish, or has habitually attended such public worship, for a period in excess of six months.
6.A Parent or Grandparent was married according to the rites of the Church of England in a church in the parish.
If you wish to enquire about having your Marriage Service at our Church, contact us first to ensure you are legally entitled to be married in the church (i.e. that either the bride or the bridegroom satisfy one of the above Qualifying Connections) and that your chosen date and time is available. You should do this before making any firm commitment on other aspects of the wedding day such as reception venue. The Churchwarden is the point of contact and will provide appropriate advice and information.
Marriage in church is usually conducted after the publication of Banns of Marriage, a legal notice read out in the church where the wedding is to take place, and also the home parish church(es) of each person to be married. This cannot be done more than three months before the date of the marriage. Alternatively, some circumstances require application for a Licence from the Bishop. If this is the case you will be advised and assisted.