Marriages

A wedding is one of life’s great moments…

wedding…a time of joyful commitment, solemn vows, feasting and celebration.

St John tells us how Jesus shared in such an occasion at Cana, and gave there a sign of new beginnings as he turned water into wine.

Marriage is intended by God to be a creative relationship. God’s blessing enables husband and wife to love and support each other in good times and in bad, and to share in the care and upbringing of children. For Christians, marriage is also an invitation to share life together in the spirit of Jesus Christ. It is based upon a solemn, public and life-long covenant between a man and a woman, declared and celebrated in the presence of God and before witnesses.

On their wedding day the bride and bridegroom face each other, make their promises and receive God’s blessing.

Click here for ideas and advice to help your planning, and to check where you can get married.

Enquiries should be made to our Parish Priest by contacting the Church Office.

Find out more about marriage in the Church of England…

Wedding flowers

What does a church wedding cost at St Stephen’s?

Church of England Official Fees (2015):
Marriage Service £415
Marriage Certificate at registration £4
(copies not at the time of your wedding £10) (£10)
Publications of Banns £27
Sub-Total £446
Certificate of Banns (if needed) £13
St Stephen’s Fees:
Verger/Caretaker £40
Cleaning/Utility £30
Total £516
Plus the following as required
Heating (when needed) £75
Organist/Use of organ £90
(The organist’s fee increases by 50% when a wedding is audio recorded; it doubles for video recording.)
Audio recording including Organist £135
Video reccording Organist £180
Bells (optional) £140
Choir (optional) £250
Choir (with video/audio recording) £350
Video License Fee (if making a video) £50

The fees need to be paid in full at least four weeks before the wedding. Please contact the Parish Office for more details on 01225-420 946.

Wedding aisleWalking down the aisle

The Church can be decorated with flowers of your choice.

Wedding reception in the church centreWhy not book the centre for your reception?

See the centre bookings page for more details.