Our Wedding Administrator is Jo Hall. If you would like to find out more about getting married at St Mary’s, please get in touch with Jo on the contact details below or come along to one of our Wedding Enquiries mornings that are held in church on Saturdays between 10am and 11am.
Telephone 01277 632060
Can we get married at St Mary’s if neither of us lives in the parish?
If neither of you live in the parish, you can still get married here if you can show:
That one of you:
- has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months 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 (you may have time to meet this connection in the period prior to your proposed wedding date, please speak to Jo for more details) 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
How do we make a booking?
Come along to one of our Wedding Enquiries mornings in church. You will need to bring the following:
- Identification (preferably a passport if you have one as this can also be used to evidence your nationality for the Immigration Act regulations)
- Proof of address
- £100 deposit to reserve your chosen date and time (cash or cheque payable to Great Burstead PCC)
The deposit will be offset against the wedding fees and would be refundable (less £25) before your banns are called. After banns have been called, further deductions may be made to cover the costs incurred.
How much does it cost?
The statutory fees for a basic Church of England wedding service, the reading of banns and any optional extras are revised on an annual basis. Our current fees for 2015 are detailed on the attached leaflet.
Does it matter if either or both of us have been divorced?
In certain circumstances the Church of England accepts that a divorced person may marry again and you may be able to remarry in a church, but you should talk to your Vicar about this. Therefore, before making a booking you will need to book an appointment to see Fr. Michael to talk frankly about your own personal circumstances and he will be able to advise you on the most appropriate way forward.
Lots more useful information about planning your church wedding can be found at