Weddings

Wedding of Joan and Frank Cole, late 1940’s. Photographs shared
with kind permission of Nick and Peter Cole

Firstly, congratulations on your forthcoming marriage!

If you live in the parish of St John the Baptist, have a close pastoral connection with this Church, or regularly attend services here then do please make contact with us about the services of Baptism or Marriage. You can find out which is your local parish church on the website A Church near you.

Weddings or Marriage Blessings:

How can you get married at St John the Baptist?

The guidelines set by the Church of England state that a couple may be married in a particular Church if they can show one of the following seven connections to it.

That one of you:

  • Was baptised in the parish or
  • Was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
  • Has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
  • Has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months and is on the electoral roll* or
  • That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
  • Has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
  • Has time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months and is on the electoral roll* or
  • That one of your parents or grandparents:
  • Was married in the parish.
  • The electoral roll is our membership list and is made up of those who worship here regularly. People can join the electoral roll once they have attended the Church regularly for six months, and if they intend to continue doing so.

Booking your Wedding or Marriage Blessing

Initial enquiries can be made by emailing the Vicar on vicar@elthamchurch.org.uk or by dropping into the Church each Saturday, between 10am-11am. Please come and meet us!

What to bring with you:

  • Proof of ID- a passport or driving licence
  • Proof of address- driving licence or recent utility bill
  • Any specific documents required- your decree absolute if you have been divorced; your marriage certificate if you would like a Wedding Blessing.

Planning your Wedding service The Church of England website has lots of helpful information about preparing for marriage. It can also answer many of your practical questions as well as providing ideas for readings and hymns

Charges for Weddings and Marriage Blessings

These fall into two categories: statutory fees required by the Church of England and charges for music etc which are at the discretion of the local church. Statutory fees do not apply to marriage blessings.

Statutory Fees – from January 2021

Publication of banns of marriage: £31.00

Certificate of banns (if required): £15.00

Marriage service: £464.00

Local charges

We are able to offer you an Organist and a choir to enhance the music at
your Wedding. It is worth noting that there are extra charges for the
musicians if you have any video recording.


You may also wish for the Church bells to be rung before or after the
service.


We would be delighted to make these arrangements with you so please
discuss your requirements with the Priest. The cost of these additional
services will be set according to what you ask for.