Congratulations on your decision to get married! If you are thinking about getting married at St Wulfram’s Church, we will do our best to make your wedding day memorable for you, your family and your friends.
Can we get married at St Wulfram’s Church?
The Rector has a legal duty to be satisfied that you can lawfully marry in the parish before any arrangements can be fixed. To make this process as quick and simple as possible, it is best to contact the Parish Office. There are four questions about you as a couple that will need to be clarified:
1. Whether you are so closely related to each other that the law does not permit you to marry. You will need to certify that this is not the case.
2. Whether either of you is not a UK National. Special issues arise in this situation and these need to be considered before further progress can be made.
3. Whether either of you is qualified to be married at St Wulfram’s Church. Qualification comes by virtue either of being a resident in the parish; or of being on the church electoral roll; or of having close family links with the parish.
4. Whether either of you has been married before. In this case the Incumbent will need to see original copies of the Decree Absolute before any arrangements can be made.
After an initial meeting these issues will be clarified and you will be told whether it is possible for a wedding to take place.
What will it cost?
The fee for a wedding in 2015 is £471.00. There are additional, optional fees should you wish to engage the Organist, the Parish Choir, Bells or have special flowers. These will all be discussed on your initial visit.
Having your banns read at St Wulfram’s
If you live in the parish of St Wulfram’s Grantham and you intend to get married in another Church of England Church you will need to have your “banns” called out on three consecutive Sundays at St Wulfram’s. Every year a significant number of people have their banns read at our services. While it is not necessary for you to be there we always encourage couples to attend at least once.
What should I do if I need to have banns read at St Wulfram’s?
It is your duty to contact the Parish Office and to arrange for banns to be called. You will also need to collect a certificate to show to the minister who will officiate at your wedding that the banns have been called out. Failure to do this can cause a number of legal complications and can be expensive to resolve.
Check that you live in the ecclesiastical parish of St Wulfram’s. Contact the parish office for a Banns Form. Complete the form and send it by post or email to St Wulfram’s Church.
Our Administrator will tell you when your banns will be read out. They will be read out at the 9.30am Parish Eucharist for 3 consecutive Sundays.
Arrange with our Administrator when the form can be collected and the fee paid. In 2015 the fee for calling of banns is £28.00 and £13.00 for the certificate - making the total of £41.00. (Cheques should be made payable to St Wulfram’s Church).
Please allow plenty of time, it is advisable to contact us at least 3 months before your wedding.