Weddings

In Christian Marriage, two people agree to share life, love and commitment in the sight of God, with the intention that their union shall be lifelong.

Can we get married at St Mary's?

For many years, you could only get married at St Mary's if you lived in the parish. Now, provided one of you can show a connection with the parish (see below), you may be married here.

One of you needs to be able to show that:

  • you were baptised at St Mary's, or

  • you were prepared for Confirmation at St Mary's, or

  • you have lived in the parish of Rickmansworth for at least six months*, or

  • you have regularly worshipped at St Mary's for at least six months, or

  • since you were born, one of your parents has lived in the parish of Rickmansworth, or

  • since you were born, one of your parents has regularly worshiped at St Mary's for at least six months, or

  • one of your parents or grandparents was married in the parish

If none of the above applies to you and St Mary's holds a special significance for you, it may still be possible for you to be married at St Mary's so please get in touch so that we can explore possibilities with you.

* If you do not know whether or not you live within the Parish boundary, please contact the Church Office or visit www.achurchnearyou.com.

What if I've been married before?

It is the policy at St Mary’s sympathetically to consider the possibility of re-marriage following divorce. If you have any concerns about whether you can be married at St Mary’s, please contact the Vicar or Methodist Minister.

We're getting married abroad but would like a church blessing

There is a service of prayer and dedication which is suitable for such events. It may also be appropriate following a civil marriage ceremony.

Preparing for your marriage

A marriage in church involves making promises of commitment to each other before God. We ask everyone who comes to be married at St Mary’s to think very carefully about what they are promising and strongly recommend they attend a one-day Marriage Preparation Course beforehand.

This course is led by our Marriage Preparation Team and takes place several times a year on a Saturday, usually between 10:00 and 16:00, and is followed at a later date by a meeting with the priest or minister who is to conduct the service.

Planning the ceremony

The Church of England website has many resources that will help you plan your weddingWe look forward to planning your marriage ceremony with you. Here are some other resources that might help you:


If you wish to enquire about the availability of a date for your marriage or other practical arrangements, please contact the Church Office. The Church Secretary will be able to confirm your eligibility to be married at St Mary's and let you know if your chosen date is available.

The priest or minister who is to take the service will wish to meet you both before the ceremony.

There are many people at St Mary's who are able to help you with planning and organising your special day. The Church Secretary will be able to give you more information.

 

Marriage application form Download application form

 

In Christian Marriage, two people agree to share life, love and commitment in the sight of God, with the intention that their union shall be lifelong

 

‘Let all that you do be done in love’.  
1 Corinthians 16:14

 

 

Last updated: August 1, 2015

 

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