Weddings & Marriage Blessings
Welcome to Holy Cross Church and
congratulations on your forthcoming wedding
Organising a wedding can be a daunting experience and this information has been put together to help you organise the wedding ceremony.
It explains about having your Banns read, something you may not be aware of but is a legal requirement.
You may want a simple service or a service with the choir, organist, flowers or church bells ringing as you walk back down the aisle.
Why choose a Church Wedding?
- a holy and special building
- hymns and religious music
- organ, choir, bells
- walking down the aisle
- help in planning the service
- flowers and photographs
- prayers for you and God's blessing on your marriage
- an ongoing link with a Christian Community
Reading of Banns
You must arrange to have Banns read. This is an announcement of your forthcoming marriage and is required by Law. The Banns must be read in the church in which you are to be married and, if one of you lives elsewhere, in the parish church where you reside. It is your responsibility to arrange for the Banns to be read, and to collect a certificate which must be brought to Holy Cross Church. Without this certificate, clergy are not legally entitled to marry you.
At Holy Cross Church, Banns are read at the 10.00am service on three consecutive Sundays and you will be informed of the dates when the Banns will be read.
Getting married can be a very expensive event and to help you budget we have included a list of charges for the ceremony, your Banns being read and the optional extras.
The fees are set on an annual basis.
To view current fees click here
(An additional fee is payable to the other church if external banns need to be read)
Want to Find Out More?
If you would like to find out more about holding your wedding at our Church, please contact the Parish Office to book an appointment for the Rector to meet with you both to discuss your plans and arrangements and to take you through a few marriage preparation sessions before finally conducting a rehearsal before your big day.
Please check that you have the correct qualifying connections here to be sure that you are able to be married at Holy Cross Church.
Please do not make any reception arrangements until you have organised to meet up with the Rector at Holy Cross.
The Church of England also has an excellent weddings website which can be found at