Weddings and marriage blessings at St Michael's, Whitewell or St Bartholomew's, Chipping
We are delighted you are thinking of getting married in church – it really is the most special place for your special day. We hope this page will answer some of your questions about having a traditional church wedding in either St Bartholomew’s or St Michael’s.
Can I get married at St Michael’s or St Bartholomew’s ?
Yes, the good news is that in most cases you will be able marry here, though there are some factors we have to take into account.
Legal Qualifying Connection
In order to marry in a Church of England parish church you have to have a significant connection with the church, such as living or growing up in the parish. For full details see the Legal Requirements section of our wedding guide.
If you have no past or present connection you can create one simply by attending usual Sunday services in the church where you wish to be married. You must attend at least once a month for a minimum of six consecutive months before we read your banns. This means you need to start attending eight months before your wedding day at the latest.
We recognise that some marriages do fail for all sorts of sad and painful reasons. So in certain circumstances the Church of England accepts that a divorced person may marry again in church. Please get in touch with Revd Fiona Jenkins if you would like to discuss this possibility.
The Church of England offers two services for married couples which can be described as ‘blessings’. One is a Service of Prayer & Dedication after Civil Marriage, the other is a Thanksgiving for Marriage. To find out more visit our marriage blessings page.
Save the Date
We do get booked up well in advance, so please call us before you finalise the booking for your reception venue. It is best to have two or three possible dates in mind in case your preferred date is not available.
Because of parish commitments we are not able to offer weddings on a Sunday, nor can we offer dates close to major Christian festivals, such as Easter or Christmas.
How much does it cost?
The basic cost of a wedding in St Bartholomew’s or St Michael’s is £526 in 2017.
This covers the legal fees set by the Church of England nationally plus local charges for heating and verger. Additional fees will apply if you choose to have an organist, choir or bell-ringers. Detailed fees for 2017 are shown here.
How do we arrange our church wedding?
To arrange your church wedding you and your fiancé(e)
- Meet with the Vicar, Revd Fiona Jenkins.
- Agree a date for your wedding.
- Complete an Application for Marriage form. You can download the form here.
- Pay a non-returnable deposit of £100.
Your chosen date is not reserved until all these steps are completed. Please note that we need to meet with both you and your fiancé(e) together, in person, in order to make a booking. We do not reserve dates by phone, email or post, nor can your relatives or reception venue make a booking on your behalf.
Please get in touch with Revd Fiona Jenkins by phone or email. Fiona will arrange to meet with you and your fiancé(e) to chat about your plans and book your wedding. We will also discuss the legal requirements and start to think about the options for your wedding ceremony . Follow the links to find out more in our wedding guide.
Vicar Chipping & Whitewell: Revd Fiona Jenkins (01995 61252) or email