Getting Married at Saint John’s

The Church building is currently closed, owing to the COVID-19 lockdown.  

We are not taking new bookings for Weddings at this time.  Please do check back when the restrictions are lifted – we would love to welcome you!

If you already have a Wedding or Renewal of Vows booked, please contact us for more information.


Joy & Matthew; photo copyright Rockstar Images

Congratulations on your engagement!

If you’re interested in getting married at Saint John’s, your first step is to come to the Parish Office hour, which is held in the Church between 11:00 am and midday most Saturdays.  There you can have an informal chat with Mother Carrie, look around the Church building, and book your date if you’d like to.  You don’t need an appointment, so just drop in!

In the meantime, here are some questions that people often ask us:


Do I have to be a Churchgoer?

No.  If you live in the Parish of Forton, or you have a connection with Saint John’s (for example, your parents were married here or you used to be a Church member), then you are entitled by law to get married here.


 How do I know which Parish I live in?

Click here and enter your Postcode to find out!

I’m divorced – can I still get married in Church?

Yes, usually.  Come to the Parish Office hour and have a chat with Mother Carrie.


How much does it cost?


The legal fee for a wedding in Church is £505 in 2020.  

There are also some optional extras – organist, flowers, service sheets, etc.  You can  download a list at the bottom of this page,  or get one when you come to the Parish Office.

The final total will depend on exactly what you want, but it won’t be more than £675.  We’re happy for you to pay in instalments so that you can spread the cost over time, or you can pay it all in one go if you’re feeling rich!


We are a same-sex couple – can we have a Church wedding?

We would love to say yes, but unfortunately Anglican Churches like ours are not legally allowed to conduct same-sex weddings – although we are really looking forward to the day when the Government changes its mind on that!

So, for the time being, you would still need to do the legal bit at a register office.  But as you get married (or enter into a civil partnership), we would really love to celebrate and pray with you and all your friends and family, either on the big day itself, or before or afterwards.  There’s no cost, so just come and share the love!  For more information or an informal chat, just pop into the Parish Office hour, or drop us a message here.


Can we have a Church blessing after a civil ceremony / renew our vows on our anniversary?

Yes, we’d be delighted to do that with you.  There’s no cost.  Get in touch!


Can we bring our pet parrot / scatter rose petals / dress as Star Trek characters / have our kids as bridesmaids / arrive in a forklift truck / unicycle down the aisle… etc… ?

Almost certainly!  It’s your day, and we will do everything we can to make it personal and special for you.  Of course, there are some things that it’s just not possible or appropriate to do in a Church, but so far we have never had a request that we’ve had to refuse.  So, if it’s always been your dream to get married in flippers or have your dog as a page boy, just ask.  The answer will probably be yes!


Useful Downloads

Here are some documents which we hope might be useful as you start to plan your wedding.  You can also pick up copies of these from the Parish Office.

Wedding Fees 2020

Suggested Bible Readings

Some Popular Wedding Hymns

An Example Order of Service

You might also want to check out the Church of England’s wedding site – just click on the banner below.