Weddings

Thank you for considering one of our churches for your special day. We have 2 churches in our parish, St. John's, Rownhams (seating 150) & St. Boniface Nursling (seating 100).  

Marriage (as defined in the bible - the union of a man and a woman, entered into for life) within our churches is possible for single or widowed people. If either the bride or groom have been divorced we can usually offer a service of marriage blessing, and sometimes a remarriage, depending on the circumstances of the divorce and some other factors. Please contact the parish office for further information - 023 8073 8293.

You may well know that there are rules about which parish churches a couple can legally marry in. Basically you can marry in one of our churches if any of the following applies to at least one of you:-
  (a) you live in the parish (see map) or you or a parent did live here for at least 6 months in your lifetime;
  (b) you were baptised (christened) or confirmed here;
  (c) a parent or grandparent was married here;
  (d) you or a parent in your lifetime have regularly attended services here for a 6 month period or more;

  (e) one of the above is true for Lordshill Parish
OR
  (f) you are willing to attend services here at least once a month, for at least 6 months prior to the wedding.
      

 

 

The wedding service we normally use is the 2000 Common Worship one, but we do offer 1662 Book of Common Prayer (the much older form used at the Royal Wedding) as an option - please feel free to ask the Vicar about this.  Please note that in Common Worship you can still have the traditional version of the Lord's Prayer.

Do have a look at this Church of England website link which provides useful information and planning tools for your wedding

We allow 1.5 hours between starts of weddings, with a maximum of 3 per day. Except in very unusual circumstances we do not do weddings on a Sunday.

In 2017 the minimum cost is £456 (if you use an mp3 player/phone for music and do not need heating) while the more elaborate service is in the region of £710, but the exact amount will depend on a number of choices which we can discuss with you directly.

The time table for a wedding is normally:-

  • 3-18 months before: Reserve your date and time.

  • About 3 months before: Meeting with the vicar to arrange dates for reading of Banns of marriage, and discuss choice of music etc.

  • 2-6 months before: Session with the vicar and other engaged couples

  • 1-2 months before: Reading of banns - usually at the 2nd, 3rd and 4th morning services

  • During week before: Rehearsal

    For a google map and directions see: St John's Church Page. or St Bonniface Church Page
     
Wedding Enquiry  Form
 
Bridegroom's details (full name & nationality):
Name

         Single     Widowed     Divorced

 

Bride's details (full name & nationality):
Name

         Single     Widowed     Divorced

Do either bride or groom live in the parish? 
If yes please enter address below if different from Best Contact details
If no, do either the bride or groom have a close relative (e.g. parent, aunt, uncle etc.) who lives in the parish?
If yes please give details below:
Name
Relation
Address
Town
Post Code
Best Contact:
Name
Address
Town
Post Code
E-mail
Telephone
Mobile

 

Preferred Church: 
St Johns Rownhams   

St. Boniface Nursling
Preferred Date and Time for Wedding (feel free to be vague at this stage):
Date
Time
 

Other Requirements or comments:

        
When you submit an enquiry you should receive an acknowledgement within 3 days.
If you do not then please contact the parish office on 023 8073 8293