Getting married at St Matthew’s
First of all, congratulations on your engagement!
If you’re planning a church wedding and considering St Matthew’s as an option, the first thing to establish is whether you have the legal basis to get married in our church building.
For a marriage to be legally valid, it has to happen within a clearly-defined legal framework. Although this can seem somewhat confusing, hopefully this page will answer your initial questions about whether you are able to get married at St Matthew’s.
For you to be able to get married at St. Matthew’s you need to fall within one of three categories.
1. One or both of you currently live in St Matthew’s parish.
To find out whether you live in St Matthew’s Parish, the best thing to do is to your postcode into the achurchnearyou website. If you are unsure about this, please do get in touch with Pauline in the church office.
2. You have a qualifying connection with St Matthew’s.
A ‘qualifying connection’ exists if either of you …
- Were baptised at St Matthews;
- Had your confirmation entered in our register book;
- Have at any time lived in St Matthew’s parish for at least 6 months;
- Have a parent who has lived in St Matthew’s parish for at least 6 months during your lifetime;
- Have a parent who regularly attended our Sunday services for at least 6 months during your lifetime;
- Have a parent or grandparent who was married at St. Matthew’s
3. You are regular attenders at St. Matthew’s
If you don’t live in our parish, or have one of the qualifying connections outlined above, then the only legal basis on which you can get married at St Matthew’s is if you have regularly attended our Sunday services, (i.e. at least once a month), for at least 6 months. In that case you have also established a qualifying connection with us by being a ‘habitual worshipper’.
If you would like to explore getting married at St Matthew’s further, the next thing to do is to attend a 10.30 am Sunday service.