St Philip and St James’s church, Grafton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2DD


Weddings


“To have and to hold from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part…”

Your wedding day will be one of the most memorable of your life and we would love to be part of your celebrations.  To find out if you can get married here, do please get in touch by completing our Wedding Enquiry form. Once we have received your form, you’ll need to meet with our vicar, Revd. Nick Davies, to discuss your plans and to confirm the date.

Banns

If you are getting married in another Church of England Church and need us to read your Banns, please complete and return our Banns Enquiry Form.

Further information

For further information about getting married in Church visit the national Church of England website:  Your Church wedding

To make an enquiry…

Please complete this form and email it to the office: Wedding Enquiry form.

Preparing for the big day…

To help you prepare for your big day, the vicar will meet with you several times to discuss the ceremony, music and order of service.  We also offer regular marriage preparation classes which are organised together with other south Cheltenham churches.  This is an opportunity for couples to chat together and to think through the ups and downs of married life.

Weddings often take place on Saturdays but can take place on other days of the week.  The ceremony lasts around an hour.  We are happy for you to have a dedicated photographer.  We can also work with a video operator, however, special fees apply for this.  Once you have made a booking, our Director of Music, Russell Burton will be happy to discuss music and booking our choir.  Our Flower Guild can also advise you on floral decorations in Church.

How much will it cost?

The fees for 2022 are as follows: (These will increase slightly in 2023)
Service with organist and full choir £840
Service with organist and no choir £780

Hosting your reception

With the big redesign of our Church we are now in a position to host
wedding receptions using outside caterers.  Chairs and tables in our Nave can be rearranged to provide a banqueting layout set against the beautiful backdrop of our Victorian space.  Our newly installed audio-visual, PA and electrical system can also support bands and other live music.  There is also our outside Plaza space which can be used for wedding photographs.  If you would like to speak to us about this, do get in touch with our venue manager Stu Cattanach bookings@pipandjims.org.uk

An extra fee of £100 is charged for video recording as this becomes a recorded performance

Resources to help you plan your wedding

To help you choose music we would recommend one of the ‘Bride’s Guide to Wedding music’ or similar CD.

Here is a list of hymns people often choose for wedding ceremonies.

Here is an outline of the Order of Service for your guests.

Here is a list of Bible readings people often choose for weddings.

Here is a link to the Church of England’s wedding website where you can find many more resources to help you prepare your ceremony.