If you are getting married in a Church of England church elsewhere and are living in the parish, you may need us to read your banns. This is a public notice given out at the end of the main Sunday service on three consecutive Sundays. To discover which parish you live in, please visit this website and check your postcode.
We prefer to read banns two months before a wedding. So, if you are getting married in August, we will read your banns in June. We normally do this on the second, third and fourth Sundays of the month. The priest conducting your wedding ceremony will give you a Banns of Marriage application. You will need to send us a copy of this three months prior to your wedding, to allow us to call your banns in good time. If you have not got one, you can fill in this form and email it to us at the office.
You do not have to attend the reading of your banns, but it can be an exciting way to prepare for your wedding day, and the church community enjoys meeting and praying for couples getting married here. Having read your banns, we will issue you with a Banns Certificate. This is a legal requirement and you will need to give this it to the Priest performing your wedding ceremony. The cost for reading banns and issuing a certificate is £46. Please make cheques payable to ‘St Philip and St James’ PCC’.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ring the office. Our contact details are at the bottom left of this page.