Weddings

Weddings at St Cuthbert’s Church Ormesby

St Cuthbert Parish Boundaries – shaded area

In order to marry in a Church of England parish church, one of you needs to have a qualifying connection and this is a rule that all parish churches follow:

You can marry here if you can show:

That one of you:

  • is currently resident in the parish or
  • was baptised in the parish or
  • was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
  • has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months 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 regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or

That one of your parents or grandparents:

  • was married in the parish

Legalities

To ensure the marriage complies with both UK Civil and Church law, there are certain aspects of a church wedding that must be fulfilled.

If either of you is a citizen of a country outside Europe, a special procedure will need to be followed. Whether you can marry in the UK is likely to depend on getting permission from the civil registrar. We will advise you of what you must do. 

Marrying of divorces

This may be possible but you both need to have a meeting with the Vicar before you can book a wedding.  To arrange this, please contact a Church Warden or email admin@stcuthbertsormesby.org.uk.  These are available Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

You will also both need to attend an open ‘Christenings and Weddings Enquiries’ hour, which during the winter months of November to March is at St Cuthbert’s Church each Sunday morning between 11am and 12noon and at other times of the year is at St Cuthbert’s Church on a Tuesday evening between 6 and 7pm.

During Covid-19 lockdown periods we are not able to open the church for these booking sessions. Please come along once they have ended.

Can I get married at St Cuthbert’s if I or my partner lives abroad?

If you are connected with the parish (as set out in the list above), the answer is probably yes, but you must contact the vicar at the earliest stage of planning, because there may be some special legal steps that have to be taken.

Can I have a Gay wedding at St Cuthbert’s?

St Cuthbert’s is sympathetic and understanding and welcoming of gay people. However, in the Church of England, a Marriage between two people of the same sex is not possible in the church. 

How do I book a wedding?

In the first instance, we need to see you both at church at the 10:00am Sunday morning service, so that we can meet you.

We hold a baptism and wedding enquiries office hour at the church, which during the winter months of November to March is each Sunday morning between 11am and 12noon and at other times of the year is on a Tuesday evening between 6 and 7pm. This is when we discuss bookings and you both would need to bring photo ID and proof of address for both of you in the form of utility bills, and there is a non-refundable £100 deposit.

During Covid-19 lockdown periods we are not able to open the church for these booking sessions. Please come along once they have ended.

We do not take bookings over the phone or by email. You can however fill in your details into the Wedding Enquiries Form, see link below. The vicar or one of the team will then contact you to discuss your enquiry and firm up a booking so long as you can meet the requirments for marring at this church.

Please also look at the Church of England’s wedding webpage 

Please read the section on qualifying connections, and if you don’t live in the parish but have another qualifying connection, then please bring any additional evidence that we’d require.

How much does it cost?

The cost varies according to which year you wish to get married, because the Church of England sets the fees every year.  This year, including the Verger fee, Organist fee and Bellringing fee, it is £659 for couples who live in the Parish and £704 for those who live outside the Parish. We won’t know what the 2021 fees will be, until the Church of England release them later in the year, but we imagine it will be approximately £670+.

Everything is explained in detail at the “christenings and weddings enquiries” hour,  which during the winter months of November to March is each Sunday morning between 11am and 12noon and at other times of the year is on a Tuesday evening between 6 and 7pm.

Please remember we are not a wedding venue, we are a place of worship

Please see the Church of England’s wedding webpage  https://www.yourchurchwedding.org

We look forward to welcoming you!

Images of previous weddings.

St Cuthberts Ormesby Wedding Photos

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