We welcome requests from couples who would like to be married at St Peter's, including those whose previous marriages have been dissolved. In every case it is adviseable to discuss the appropriateness of a church wedding and the ways in which the couple's needs and expectations can best be met. Please contact The Reverend Rachel Hawes (details on the Contacts page, link below).
The Church of England requires that the couple has a connection with the church in which they wish to be married, either by virtue of their residence within the parish or because of some other specific personal or family link.
You can marry in a Church of England church if you can show that one of you:
has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
was baptised in the parish concerned or
was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the Parish Church for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
has lived in the parish for at least 6 months or
has regularly gone to normal church services in the Parish Church for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents or grandparents:
was married in the parish.
Full details of such 'qualifying connections' are available on the Church of England website, together with other useful information.
Although new same sex marriages legislation is now in force, it remains the case that it is not legally possible for same sex couples to marry in the Church of England. However, our clergy are committed to supporting same sex relationships in whatever ways seem most appropriate.