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Congratulations, you have decided to get married. We are delighted that you may be thinking of getting married at St John’s in the presence of God and before your family and friends. Christians believe that God is love and that he calls us to live in love with him and with one another. Marriage is one of the patterns in which a life of love can be expressed. The marriage service is a public declaration of love and commitment between a man and a woman.
We hope that you will find answers to many of the questions you may have on this and the linked pages.
The rules regarding whether you can get married in any particular church were changed in October 2008. It is now possible to get married at St John's if one of you:
Or one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
Or one of your parents or grandparents was married in St John's.
The Church of England teaches that marriage is for life. It also recognises that sadly some marriages do fail and if this should happen it seeks to be available for all involved. The Church accepts that it is possible in some circumstances for a divorce person to marry again in church during the lifetime of a former spouse. Before you set the date please contact the vicar for a discussion as to whether a marriage in church is possible.
How much will it cost?
There are some mandatory fees set by the Church of England which cover the costs of the wedding, legal aspects and the marriage certificate, etc. The current fees are shown below. Cheques should be made payable to 'Menston PCC'.
The basic fee for a wedding (This includes the statutory fees for the Church of England marriage service by Banns)
In addition: Organist £57, Heating: £25 autumn/spring; £45 Nov-March
Permission to video the service
The Church of England has a very informative web site Church Weddings. You can plan your day, listen to hymns and music you may want to choose, look at readings that you might like. There is an online wedding planner and it has FAQs about all aspects of getting married in church.
For further information regarding weddings, baptisms and funerals in the Church of England, please visit http://cofe.anglican.org/lifeevents