If you're looking at this page it must be because you are thinking about getting married. That's great news!
It’s now so much easier to get married in a church of your choice. This is because of the Church of England Marriage Measure 2008. With these new rules in place, it means you can be married in St. Luke’s if:
You currently live in the parish
You have been a regular member of the church for at least 6 months
You have, at any time, lived in the parish for at least 6 months
You were baptized in the parish.
Your confirmation was registered here
You have a parent that has at any time during your lifetime lived in the parish for at least 6 months or regularly attended normal church services for 6 months.
You have a parent or grandparent that was married in the parish
There will be all sorts of things to arrange, such as flowers, banns of marriage that need to be read and an order of service. It would be well worth thinking about music that you might like to have in your service before the first planning meeting with Matthew. Don’t worry if you are unsure of anything, just ask when you meet to plan the service.
As with most things in life, there is a fee for getting married in church. This is set each year nationally and you can see the current costs on the Church of England website.
You will probably want to keep a memory of the special day by taking some photographs or even a wedding video. That is no problem, but we do ask that the photographer doesn’t distract from the marriage itself. We don’t allow any flash photography or additional lighting to be brought in. If you wanted to have a video of the wedding, there is usually a copyright fee involved.
In the first instance, chat through your thoughts with Matthew when you meet to plan the day.