If you wish to book your wedding at All Saints it is sensible to attend the church office a good deal ahead of your desired date. You should bring your passport and a proof of residence with you.
The office at All Saints is open every Monday 6.45pm - 7.30pm for the booking of weddings and baptisms. You may find the following information helpful before your visit. Please enter via the small gate on Middle Street North adjacent to number 58. The vestry is on the right through the wooden doors at the top of the steps.
Who can marry at All Saints?
In 2008 the law on marriage in the Church of England changed to widen availability. All Saints' Church can, therefore, be your church if you are resident in the parish (please check with the office if you are unsure) or if you have what is termed a Qualifying Connection with the church.
A person has a Qualifying Connection with a parish if:
• that person meets one of the following criteria:
a. was baptised in the parish. (This does not apply where the baptism formed part of a combined service of baptism or confirmation).
b. had his or her confirmation entered in a church register book of a church or chapel in the parish.
c. has at any time had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months.
d. has at any time habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months.
• a Parent of that person has at any time during that person's lifetime:
a. had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months; or
b. habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months;
• a Parent or Grandparent of that person was married in the parish.
The Qualifying Connection applies to only one of the couple intending to marry.
General information from the Church of England Website on marrying in church can be seen here.
Marriage after Divorce
The Church of England teaches that marriage is for life. It also recognises that some marriages sadly do fail and, if this should happen, it seeks to be available for all involved.
The church accepts that, in some circumstances, a divorced person may marry again in church during the lifetime of a former spouse. In order to consider your application the vicar will make an appointment with you to discuss your request with dignity, care and loving concern. In addition to proof of identity and residence, you will be asked to provide certified copies of both your decree nisi and decree absolute.