Due to the coronavirus pandemic, sadly, there can be no weddings in church buildings until further notice.

The advice to those who have weddings pending in April, May and June is to postpone them. It is not likely that this will be at an end by then but who knows?

Couples cannot be married by banns at the moment as we cannot meet for worship. Therefore, if a wedding can go ahead and banns have not been read then the couple will need a common licence. This can be obtained by surrogates quite quickly (within a day or two) and have a validity of three months.
For emergency weddings (i.e. where someone is terminally ill) the route is still an Archbishop’s special licence.

For those couples who were hoping to attend worship regularly for six months so as to qualify there does not seem to be a way around this. You will either need to postpone the wedding until next year and hope we are all back worshipping publicly by then or look at having your wedding in the parish you live or have another connection with (if indeed we are in a position to hold weddings).

Read other Church of England coronavirus advice

Weddings at St. Paul’s normally take place at 12.00 noon on Saturday, but we’re happy to talk about other times as well. To be married in the church, one of you needs to live within the parish or to be able to demonstrate a strong connection with the church. Just get in touch with us and we will be delighted to talk to you and to go through all the options.

The cost of a wedding

The basic legal fees for a church wedding can be found on the Church of England’s wedding website – these are charged for all weddings; other costs will depend on your own particular requirements.

The person arranging your wedding will talk you through the items listed below. We ask that you ensure payment is made in full at the latest by two weeks before the date of the wedding. Cheques should be made payable to “St Paul & St Stephen, Gloucester PCC.”

Please talk to us if you would like to pay in installments over a longer period of time – this will usually be possible, as long as the cost has been met in full by the time of the wedding.

Extra things you may want or need

Verger – this is someone who ensures the church is warm, clean and tidy for your wedding and can help with handing out Orders of Service and hymn books etc. They can assist with disability access if needed by your guests and guide people to find their seats and toilets etc. This will be £25.

Flowers – We normally have flowers in church as a matter of course, unless your wedding is during Lent or Advent. This will include a stand in the sanctuary area of the church (where the altar is). However, if you would like to have a second stand, or flowers to a particular colour scheme, you are welcome to arrange your own florist – please discuss with the minister.

Organist – We will normally arrange an organist, but you are welcome to provide your own if you prefer. Our organist charges £100.00, other organists may charge differently. We also have the facility to play CDs over our PA system for which we charge £10.

Read more about marriage and planning your church wedding at the Church of England’s wedding website

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken
- Ecclesiastes 4:12

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