Our latest instructions from the Church of England, led by Public Health England guidance can be found here:
For weddings that means (at the moment) that unless we go into lock down, weddings can still proceed but with very minimal numbers in attendance (the vicar, the couple and two witnesses – and sadly those over the age of 70 and those with an underlying health condition are strongly discouraged from being among them).
We will do everything we can to help you marry as planned and celebrate with friends later, or else to rearrange your day for when things have calmed down.
Please be in touch with the church to decide what is best for you.
If you choose to marry soon (or very soon, if you want to rearrange it), we would be very happy to arrange a renewal of vows celebration to coincide with your rearranged celebration/reception with all the atmosphere of a church wedding.
We will do our best to explain any changes or delays which may be an inevitable consequence of the current restrictions, but we are here to support you and to ensure your wedding can go ahead or be rearranged to a suitable date in the future.
If you would like to get married in our Church, we would love to welcome you if you match at least one of the seven connections to our Church set out by the Church of England.
You can marry at our church if you can show that one of you:
- has at any time lived in our parish for a period of at least 6 months, or
- was baptised (christened) in our parish, or
- is confirmed and your confirmation was entered in the register of confirmations for a church or chapel in our parish (this will usually be the case if you were prepared for confirmation in our parish), or
- has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in our church for a period of at least 6 months
That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
- has lived in our parish for a period of at least 6 months, or
- has regularly gone to normal church services in our church for a period of at least 6 months
That one of your parents or grandparents:
- was married in our parish
If you cannot demonstrate any of the above connections, you could create one by joining us at our Sunday services at least once a month for six consecutive months before your wedding. If you decide to do this, make sure you leave enough time after your attendance for the banns to be read before your wedding too – about another two months should be enough.
To start planning your wedding with us, your first step is to contact the Church Administrator who can book you an appointment to speak to the Vicar. You can fill in our Contact Form or call the Church office on 0113 257 7843 (9am – 1pm Weekdays).
The appointments will usually be for a Tuesday evening between 7pm and 8pm in church; here you will meet with the Vicar and be able to discuss your marriage.
Meetings and planning.
With so much to plan, it is inevitable that further meetings will be required to make arrangements for choice of hymns/songs, floral arrangements etc.
These can usually be discussed at another Tuesday evening appointment by arrangement with the office.
Rehearsals occur on the Tuesday evening prior to your wedding, usually at about 6pm.