Weddings

wedding

All Hallows is a beautiful church for weddings and wedding blessings and we are delighted if you are thinking of taking this important step with us. The church is large, light and airy, we have excellent music and there are a number of good venues for the reception nearby. Among the many weddings that have been held in our historic building was that in 1797 of Londoner Louisa Johnson to John Quincy Adams, later to become sixth president of the United States of America.

If you would like to get married at All Hallows, please do contact us as soon as possible before the event, or come and speak to one of the clergy after our regular 11.00 am Sunday service. By choosing to get married in church you will be making your solemn promises to each other not just in front of your family and friends but in the sight of God and with God’s blessing. We will do everything we can to make sure your wedding day is a very happy one and that the service is personal, meaningful and memorable.  We will also help you prepare carefully, not just practically but also emotionally and spiritually, both for the wedding itself and for the years ahead.

You can get married at All Hallows by fulfilling one of the following three legal requirements:

  • If one or both of you live in the parish
  • If one or both of you have been regular worshippers at All Hallows for at least six months and are on the church's electoral roll
  • If one or both of you have some other connection to the parish such as your parents lived in the parish during your lifetime, your parents were married here, or you were baptised here. Please contact us for further information on these points.

Being divorced is not necessarily a bar to being married at All Hallows. Please contact the clergy who will discuss this further.

You can find more information about planning your wedding, including readings and hymns, on the website: www.yourchurchwedding.org/

 

Wedding blessings

As well as wedding services, we are happy to arrange a service of blessing after a civil ceremony elsewhere.  For couples who have got married abroad, for instance, this may be a way to enable a larger number of family and friends to celebrate the marriage.  A wedding blessing is a way of dedicating your marriage to God and asking for his blessing on your commitment to each other.  The service can be designed to be similar to a wedding ceremony, with hymns, readings, flowers and bells, or it can be more low-key according to what feels right for you.  Please contact us to discuss your ideas.

Same Sex Marriage and Civil Partnership

The law currently does not allow us to perform marriages when both spouses are of the same gender.  However, we will be happy to discuss the possibility of holding a service to mark this significant event in your life and pray for the future.  The parish expects a similar level of commitment in terms of eligibility from all couples. Please contact us for more information.

Renewal of wedding vows

It is possible to arrange a special service where you can renew your wedding vows, whether or not you were originally married at All Hallows.  Often people choose to do this to mark a significant anniversary and gather family and friends together for the occasion.  The Church of England ceremony is called ‘Thanksgiving for Marriage’ and there is an opportunity for rings to be blessed as part of the service.  Please contact us for further details.