Getting Married

You don’t have to be a member of St Paul and St John’s to be married here, although we would welcome you at any time. If you would like to be married here, the rector will give advice about music, flowers and other practical matters.

If you would like to book St Paul and St John’s for a wedding the first step is to contact the rector who will give guidance and agree a date.  Please make sure you have done this before making a firm booking with a hotel for the reception.

The local Registrar Office has information on the legal issues involved in getting married and it is advisable that couples familiarise themselves with this early on in the proceedings.

As Christians we believe that marriage is a gift from God. There is something in a public commitment of this magnitude that has a spiritual element to it which can transform a relationship to a new and deeper level. The ceremony includes God and looks to him for help and guidance. God’s blessing is the main attraction for many couples, whatever their beliefs.

As well as declaring to each other that you will keep your vows “till death us do part”, there is a vow made by the other people in church too. In the marriage service, the minister turns to the family and friends in church and asks them if they will support and uphold the couple in their marriage now and in the years to come. The family and friends reply: “We will”. In this way, the marriage  involves all who are present.

Couples need the support of family and friends, and this is what the public ceremony of a marriage offers. It is not a guarantee of living happily ever after, but by making the public commitment to one another, couples acknowledge that their relationship also needs other people, and God.

It’s your wedding.  You can be involved in making choices about your ceremony. Let us help you make it personal, meaningful, spiritual, beautiful.

For further details or to discuss your wedding plans please contact the Rector.