On the first three Sundays of the month before the wedding your banns will be read in St Mary’s at the main service at 10am. This is a legal requirement and a public announcement of your intention to marry. If you can, you should be present to hear your banns read, and it is often a good time to involve parents. The cost for them being read is part of the wedding fee.
If either of you live outside the area covered by St Mary’s you must arrange for banns to be read at the Church of England parish in which you live. You should make every effort to contact that parish at least three months before your wedding. If you are unsure about the Anglican (Church of England) Parish in which you live, it is possible to use the “search by postcode or place” facility on the website www.achurchnearyou.com. It is often possible to find contact details there as well.
Once your banns have been read and you have paid the parish a small fee (for 2019 this is £44) you must obtain a certificate or a letter which you should bring with you to the wedding rehearsal. Please note that we cannot legally marry you without this certificate.