Can I get married at St Mary's?
We are delighted that you wish to be married at St Mary’s Church Shirehampton. There are now new rules that apply if you wish to be married here.
To be eligible one of you must:
be resident in the parish
be a regular worshipper at St Mary’s, evidenced by membership of our electoral roll
have a qualifying connection. These are that one of you:
. was baptised in the parish
. had their confirmation recorded in a Register belonging to the parish
. has, at any time, lived in the parish for at least 6 months
. has, at any time, been to services at the church for at least 6 months
. has parents who lived in the parish or attended services for at least 6 months
. has a parent or grandparent who was married at St Mary's
If you are unsure whether you qualify please contact the church office on 0117 9077026
Why a church wedding?
A wedding is one of life’s great moments, a time of solemn promises and commitment as well as good wishes,gifts and celebration. Marriage is intended by God to be a very special relationship, as his blessing enables husband and wife to love and support each other in good times and in bad, and to share in the care and upbringing of children. For Christians marriage is also an invitation to share a life of faith together. It is based upon a solemn, public and life-long promise between a man and a women, declared and celebrated in the presence of God and before witnesses. Here at St. Mary’s we are committed to making your wedding day and marriage as special to you as it is to God. We have both a beautiful building and expertise in planning your service.
For further information please contact our church office
St Mary's Church
Bristol BS11 0DW
Telephone 0117 9077026
Booking your wedding
Contact the church office to discuss your chosen date. We will send you a banns form and on completion and return of this which should be as soon as possible with your booking fee of £25, the date is booked for you. If you or your partner are resident in another parish you must arrange for your banns to be called there and the banns certificate given to the church office before the wedding date. There will be a fee to pay to your parish church for this.
You will be invited to a Marriage Preparation Evening in the January of the year in which your wedding is to take place.
At this you will have an opportuntity to talk to:
The Organist, Tim Forder - to discuss your music and hymns
Jill Eynon - to discuss flowers in church
Julie Smith - to discuss your bible reading
Gill Sawyer - to discuss Orders of Service and other wedding stationery requirements - we can produce a range of wedding stationery for you. If you want to discuss this prior to the evening ring Gill Sawyer on 0117 9077026.
The clergy regarding the service itself, your banns form and to answer any other questions you may have.
Like to know more about church weddings? Look at this website www.yourchurchwedding.org
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I've been married some time now and would like to renew my vows. What should I do?
Contact the church office 0117 n9077026 to discuss the date and time and any other requirements. Think about whether you want music, hymns, a reading. Think also about how many people you might want to come along.
It doesn't matter whether you have been married for one year or 60 years your marriage can still be blessed.
In the picture Roger & Jean are having their marriage blessed on their golden wedding anniversary