Alcester Minster Churches
Worshipping God, making new disciples and transforming communities
Where can we marry?
How to arrange a wedding
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are looking at this because you are thinking of getting married - congratulations!
Christians see marriage as a gift from God. The Bible compares married love with the love Jesus has for his followers - unconditional! 1Corinthians 13 describes that love. Try reading that chapter and replacing the word 'love' with your own or your future partner's name. It's a high ideal.
We encourage all couples getting married to attend a Marriage Preparation Day which provides an opportunity for engaged couples to have a structured conversation about important topics as well as some practical teaching on marriage, along with socialising over a light lunch with others getting married at Alcester Minster churches. The next one is scheduled for Saturday 27 July. Please email us for more details via the Contact Us page.
Christians believe that marriage is a gift from God. Marriage is a sacrament, something holy, set apart - special. Christians see it as a lifelong commitment, and the best place in which to share in God's work of creation and bring up children.
As a church we are committed to promoting and supporting marriage. We do our best to make every wedding service special. But your wedding day is just the start of the life-long adventure. We are also committed to helping you reflect on the importance of your marriage vows and what they mean. We explore the spiritual dimension of marriage and see where God fits in.
For weddings in the Church of England, normally you would marry in the parish where one of you lives, traditionally the bride. If you live in any of the Alcester Minster parishes, you may choose to marry in any of our churches.
In 2008, the Church broadened the choice, allowing you to choose a church that has special significance for you. This is subject to you fulfilling at least one of the following 'Qualifying Connections', ie if you can show that one of you:
1. has at any lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months, or
2. was baptised (christened) in the parish concerned, or
3. is confirmed and your confirmation was entered in the register of confirmations for a church or chapel in the parish (this will usually be the case if you were prepared for confirmation in the parish) or
4. has at any time regularly gone to normal church services* in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months
or that one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
5. has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months, or
6. 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:
7. was married in the parish
And did you know that if you move house, you're immediately connected to the church there? That means you can marry in the church of your new parish.
*In all cases involving church services - ie going to normal church services, baptism, confirmation or marriage - this applies only to Church of England services.
If none of these apply please contact us to discuss your wedding plans.
The Church of England website offers lots of resources to help you prepare for your church wedding -
To arrange a wedding in one of the Minster churches, ring the Administrator on 0784 028 4294 or contact via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Having ascertained that you live in the parish or have a qualifying connection, you will be asked your name and contact details, and an application form for Banns of Marriage will be sent to you and an appointment made for you to come and return the form and bring ID for checking. Once everything is in order we will confirm your chosen church, date and time.
Marriage fees are split between statutory and local fees that cover verger and organist fees, choir, bells and heating.
The 2019 Church of England statutory fees are as follows:
Publication of Banns - £30 (£44 to cover the issue of a certificate when banns are read for a non Minster wedding)
Marriage Service - £455
Wedding Certificate - £11 (with effect from 16.02.19). (If you require additional certificates on the day then please request these prior to the wedding so that the invoice reflects that. If you require additional certificates at a later date then the fee is £11 per certificate too).
In addition local parish fees are:
Verger - £40
Organist - £80
Choir - £80 (offered at Alcester, Arrow, Coughton & Weethley)
Bells - £80 (offered at Alcester & Coughton)
Heating - dependant on the size of the church - up to £40
I'm not baptised and don't go to church. Can we still get married in church?
Yes! One of the Minster clergy will want to get to know you and talk about marriage and preparing for it.
What if one of us is divorced?
The Church teaches that marriage is for life, but recognises that, sadly, some marriages fail. If this happens, the Church remains open to all those involved. Before setting a wedding date in these circumstances, arrange a meeting with the Rector of Alcester Minster to have a frank and open discussion about the past, about your hopes for the future and your current understanding of marriage.
What do I do to arrange a Wedding Blessing Service?
Please contact the administrator in the first instance and you will be asked to complete an application form. A wedding blessing service can only take place after the wedding service has happened (even if on the same day).
Alcester Minster Churches - 07840 284 294 (Administrator)