Weddings at St Luke's Church

If you're thinking of coming to St Luke's for your wedding, then we'd first like to say: Congratulations on your engagement and all best wishes for your future!

What to do first? We recommend you contact us at an early stage to discuss your plans. We will invite you to come and meet the vicar, see round the church building, and we'll give you some basic information so that you can judge for yourself whether you want to come here. At that stage you can make a provisional booking of a date and time.

Can we get married at St Luke's?  Yes, if one of you lives in the parish or has a "qualifying connection" with us, and if you are both British Citizens. (Weddings are regulated by the Marriage Act 1949: we aren't allowed to marry people from just anywhere, and there are extra requirements for foreign nationals.) In churches the licence to get married is called "banns of marriage" and means we have to read out in services a public notice that you're intending to get married, for three Sundays before your wedding - we usually read them the month before.

What does it cost?  Most of the fees are decided by Act of Parliament, and they go up on 1st January every year. In 2020 it costs £555 for a basic wedding (the first 4 items of the breakdown below), and up to £660 if you want all the trimmings (organist, choir and bell). We ask you for a £100 deposit at the beginning of the year in which you are to marry - then you pay the full fees at the rehearsal, and you get the deposit back (provided there have been no problems) plus any refunds after your wedding.

If one of you lives in another parish then you will need your banns of marriage read in the other parish church, and a certificate from them to say they have been read there. And if you are getting married at another church but you live in our parish you will need your banns of marriage reading here, and a certificate for you to take to the other church. (The fee for this is the last item in the table below.)

Here is a breakdown of the fees for 2020:

  • Diocese £211
  • Church £294 (service £252, reading the banns £31, and marriage certificate £11*)
  • Heating £30 (refunded if the heat is not needed)
  • Verger £20
  • Organist £48 (optional)
  • Music if no organist is required £20 (optional)
  • Choir £60 for 10 choristers (optional) (we return unused lots of £6 if fewer than 10 choristers are available)
  • Bell Ringer £6 (optional)
  • Deposit £100** payable when you book, and returned after there have been no problems.
  • Fee for banns to be read in another church, and certificate there £45.

*The certificate fee comes from a different piece of legislation, and in 2019 the Government put it up part way through the year.

**The deposit covers three things:

  • If you cancel your wedding and don't tell us before we start reading the banns, the legal fee for banns (£30 in 2019) is payable,
  • if you arrive late and your wedding has to start 15 minutes late, all those inconvenienced receive a £5 fee from your deposit; and if you arrive very late and your wedding has to start 30 minutes late then all the musicians will be allowed to go home, and you will still get a wedding but without music, and
  • if you or your guests cause damage which needs repairing or clearing up we will charge you the actual costs of these works.

At the time of writing we have no information about 2021 and future years: you should budget for higher fees, as they usually increase.

What days and times can we get married? We have some regular events on in our church, and you have to work around those times.  We book weddings on a first-come-first-served basis, so you can't book a slot when the church building is already booked for something else. You also have to remember that clergy have holidays, and because of this we don't allow you to book weddings during the Summer Holidays until the September before. We can hold more than one wedding on a day, but they need to be at least 2 hours apart to allow times for photographs and so on.  And by law all weddings have to be between 8am and 6pm.

At the time of writing we have just one wedding provisionally booked for 2020, and none for 2021 or any further in the future.

This page was last updated on 3rd January 2020.