Congratulations, you have decided to get married.
We are delighted that you may be thinking of
getting married at St John’s in the presence of
God and before your family and friends.
Christians believe that God is love and that he
calls us to live in love with him and with one
another. Marriage is one of the patterns in
which a life of love can be expressed. The
marriage service is a public declaration of love
and commitment between a man and a woman.
We hope that you will find answers to many of
the questions you may have on this and the
The rules regarding whether you can get married in any particular church were changed in October 2008. It is now possible to get married at St John's if one of you:
has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
was baptised at St John's or
was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in St John's church for a period of at least 6 months
Or 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 St John's for a period of at least 6 months
Or one of your parents or grandparents was married in St John's.
How much will it cost?
There are some mandatory fees set by the Church of England which cover the costs of the wedding, legal aspects and the marriage certificate, etc. The current fees are shown below. Cheques should be made payable to 'Menston PCC'.
The basic fee for a wedding is approximately £496 (this includes the statutory fees for the Church of England marriage service by Banns)
Heating: £25 autumn/spring; £45 Nov-March
Permission to video the service: £50
The Church of England has a very informative website. You can plan your day, listen to hymns and music you may want to choose, look at readings that you might like. There is an online wedding planner and it has FAQs about all aspects of getting married in church.