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Weddings

The marriage service should be the highlight of your wedding day, and we will work with you to make sure that it is. All Saints', St Mary's or St Peter's are the perfect setting for a beautiful wedding, with their beautiful architecture and superb choirs. We have a team of dedicated clergy who are committed to helping you make the very best of your day.

To see a presentation on getting married at St Peter's Church, please click here.

Requirements

In order to book a wedding, there are a number of legal requirements to be satisfied.

If you live in the Lace Market, the Victoria Centre, the Park or elsewhere in the parish, you are generally entitled to marry in one of our churches. However, an engaged couple are able to marry in this church if they can show just one of the following connections with the parish:

  • One of you was baptised in the parish
  • One of you was prepared for confirmation in the parish
  • One of you has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months
  • One of you has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish for a period of at least 6 months
  • One of your parents, at any time after you were born, has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months
  • One of your parents, at any time after you were born, has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish for a period of at least 6 months
  • One of your parents or grandparents was married in the parish

For those who do not have any of these connections, there are two possible options:

  • Attend the church for six months and become a regular member of the congregation. This is by far the easiest way, and it is an enjoyable way of getting to know the church community in preparation for your wedding.
  • Obtain a Special Licence from the Archbishop of Canterbury. For details, see http://www.facultyoffice.org.uk/Marriage.html.

Being divorced does not necessarily create a difficulty, but please mention your circumstances to the clergy during your first meeting.

Once you have decided to get married at one of our churches, one of the clergy will meet with you for a preliminary meeting to talk over the kind of service that you would like, and to help you with some choices.

A couple discuss their wedding plans with a priest

If you are a regular church-goer, you may like to have your wedding in the context of a Holy Communion Service. In this style of service, the Bride & Groom receive communion after they are married, and the choir may sing one of the superb liturgical settings. A straightforward wedding service can include your own choice of music, readings, hymns and prayers. Most weddings last around 40 minutes, including the signing of the registers.

Do I have to be baptised?

The simple answer is 'no'. However, your marriage in church will be a Christian service, and this may be the opportunity to think seriously about being baptised or any other matters of faith.

Wedding Preparation

A happy marriage does not just happen; it takes a lot of hard work. We see it as a privilege to help engaged couples work towards making their marriage a happy one. We invite you to explore your hopes and fears for the future, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Nearer the time, the clergy will also want to set a date for a rehearsal, and this will be the opportunity to run through the whole service in church. The clergy do not wish to be intrusive, however, and this is not compulsory.

Calling your banns

The Church of England has a legal requirement of “calling the banns of marriage”. In other words, your wedding has to be announced in the parish where you reside, as well as in the church where you are to be married. This and the related costs are something you will need to discuss with the clergy.

Photographs

We try to ensure that the service is an act of worship for all who come, and as such discourage the use of video cameras and flash photography during it. However, your professional photographer can speak to the clergy before the wedding and get their permission for photos during the signing of the registers, and general photos of the service without flash.

We usually allow half an hour for photographs outside the church after the service, or inside if it is wet.

A wedding at St Peter's Church

A wedding at St Peter's Church

Videos

If you wish to make a video recording of your wedding, it is possible, but it will add considerably to the music costs. Please ask the Parish Office for details.

Confetti

Some of your guests may have confetti, which may be thrown as you enter your car by the gate.

Flowers

You will have to make your own arrangements for flowers in church. For opening times prior to the service, please contact the Parish Office.

Choir

Our Directors of Music will gladly talk to you about the availability of the choir for your wedding, and about possible music for the service.

Fees

Fees are slightly different depending on which church you choose. Click here for the fees for All Saints' & St Peter's, or here for the fees for St Mary's.

If you require any further information regarding getting married within the Church of England, please visit the website.

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how to find / contact us

opening hours

The Parish Office

Monday 9am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 4.30pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

St Peter's

Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm

St Mary's

Monday - Saturday, 10am - 3pm

For information on service times at All Saints', St Mary's & St Peter's, visit the services page

location

Map of All Saints', St Mary's and St Peter's churches, and the Parish office

All Saints' Church - Raleigh Street, NG7 4DP
St Mary's Church - High Pavement, NG1 1HN
St Peter's Church - St Peter's Gate, NG1 2NW

contact details

Please contact the Parish Office for details of any events or to get in touch with a member of staff.

The office is situated on the upper floor of the St Peter's Centre, on the south side of St Peter's Church and adjacent to Marks & Spencer.

The Parish Office

The Parish Office
St Peter's Centre, St Peter's Square
Nottingham, United Kingdom,
NG1 2NW

0115 948 3658 (+44 115 948 3658 outside the UK)

office@nottinghamchurches.org

Further information

If you wish to trace a former resident or member of the parish, please address your requests to the Nottinghamshire Archives.


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