Just Engaged?

We can't wait to share your joy!

We believe that marriage is a wonderful gift from God which deserves celebrating.  When you’re ready, do get in touch, we can’t wait to hear from you.

But first a few questions....

Can you marry in church?

As far as it is legally possible, we want to welcome you for a church wedding.  It is both a privilege and a joy to join a man and a woman in marriage and the good news is that you can marry in church regardless of your beliefs, whether or not you are christened and whether or not you have been a regular churchgoer.  

Because getting married gives you a whole new legal status, there are considerations that need to be made under Guernsey law.  The basic guidelines can be found here.  

Do you have a date in mind?

It’s important that you check that it is free with the church, before you confirm the date of your reception.  

Coming to meet us

Our job is to make you feel welcome and comfortable about your wedding day and to help you make decisions about the ceremony – we have had lots of experience in making sure everything runs smoothly.  For the first meeting, there will be two main areas we will need to cover:-

To get to know you!  We enjoy meeting new people and getting to know them.  When you marry in a church, you have the our personal, individual attention.  If we haven’t met before, we’ll be interested in your story, how you came to be together, whether we might know any of your relatives and why you decided to get married in the church.  A really important part of getting married at St Martin’s church is the relationship with the vicar, which often goes well beyond the wedding day.  It’s possible you could keep in touch with them for many years.  They may even be part of other big occasions in your life, like christening your children.  

To check all is well legally with your intention marry.   There will be some forms to complete which are necessary for the our records and your vicar will need to ask a few questions that confirm you’re free to marry.   These details are really important to ensure your marriage will be legally sound.   At your first meeting, it will be useful for you to bring a passport or driving licence if you both have one to confirm your identity.    If either of you are divorced, the vicar will need to see your decree absolute.  If you have divorce in your background, the vicar has certain responsibilities in these circumstances and it will be something they will need to talk about in some detail.  

After all the legal preparations have been arranged, the vicar will invite you to meet with them again to talk about your ceremony and what kind of service you’re hoping for. You may discuss music, hymns, Bible readings, additional readings if you’d like one, and anything else you’d like to include. 

It would also be great if you can go to a few services before your wedding day. You’ll be able to see the church in use and get to know other people there too.

How much does it cost?

The current fee (2020) to be married in St Martin’s Church is £754.  This includes your legal fee, which is set by the Deanery of Guernsey, your vicar, the organist, the bells and all administration.   

There is no charge to have a professional photographer take photographs of your day.  However should you wish to have your service recorded, there is a performance and copyright and fee, which is currently £120.

Of course, we don’t want the cost of getting married to be prohibitive to anyone.  So if you need assistance with the fees, don’t hesitate to ask.

We're more than a wedding venue

Whatever happens in your life ahead, we hope that we can always be here for you.  Whether you’re familiar with St Martin’s or if the church is new to you, you are always welcome.  

How can we support you?

  • By being here.  Our relationship with you goes well beyond your wedding day and we hope that you feel that you can always get in touch.
  • In prayer.  We believe that God is alive, loves us and hears our prayers.  So at any time you are welcome to come and pray by yourself, with us, or ask us to pray for you.  Prayer and having the space to pray is a wonderful gift that God offers to us, and we wish upon you a lifetime of love that grows with every passing year, with God at the centre.
  • By offering a sacred space.  St Martin’s Church is a special place where you can find a space in a busy life for peace and connecting with God.  You can also join others in learning about how you can join others in learning about and celebrating the amazing journey of the Christian faith.
  • In the good times.  You are always welcome to church for special times like Christmas, Easter and your personal anniversaries.  We can also share in joyous occasions such as your first, tenth or even fiftieth wedding anniversary!  If you have children we would be delighted to discuss a Christening with you, if you feel that this is something you would like to explore.
  • In the tough times.  Life inevitably has its ups and downs.  Whether in your relationships or in the events that life brings along.  We offer a space to reflect, a confidential listening ear and any support we are able to give.
  • By blessing your marriage.  If you’ve been married in the U.K (or anywhere else in the world!) we can have a special service to bless your marriage here in Guernsey.  
  • By renewing your marriage vows.  Many couples like the idea of renewing their marriage vows to celebrate a special anniversary, or to mark the end of a difficult time. We can offer a special service to do just that

If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to contact us

We pray that God will richly bless you as you prepare for your wedding day.

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