If you are looking to have your wedding service at St. Philip’s the first thing to say is, “Congratulations!”
It is always a joy to welcome those setting out on married life and we will do all we can to assist in planning and holding a special service for you.
The first step is to check your eligibility. The Church of England is both a religious and a legal body when it comes to weddings. The good thing about this is that we register your marriage and so you do not need to go to your local registry office. But it does mean there are rules about who can and cannot be married in a particular church. A qualifying connection has to be shown for either bride or groom. By far the most common connection is that you live in the parish. In our case that is quite an extensive area stretching from the borders of Bromsgrove across north Redditch as we are part of the Holy Trinity Parish. If you are one of the 40,000 people living in the parish then you qualify. Congratulations! You can choose any of the parish churches of Holy Trinity Parish, including St. Philip’s.
If you want to check if you do live in the parish follow this link http://www.achurchnearyou.com/ and type in your postcode. It has to be for the place where you will be living when you are married. That will take you to a map which will show you your home and, if you zoom out, the area of the parish of Holy Trinity. It will also have the other parish churches marked.
If neither of you live in the parish don’t despair. These days there are other qualifying connections which entitle someone to get married in a particular church. For example if you used to live in the parish, or if your parents or grandparents were married at the church. To check have a look at http://www.yourchurchwedding.org and click on ‘Find a Church’. You will see the full list of connections there. That website has all sorts of useful information to help you plan your big day, so save that for future reference. If you are still not sure that you qualify come and see us.
If you do qualify and want to talk about booking a date please contact Revd. Richard Clark on 07970 823462 (m) or by email
All couples will be invited to a preparation evening, which is compulsory where one or both partners have been married before, but is well worth going to in any case. These take place roughly six months before the date of the wedding.
Alternatively for enquiries about Weddings, please email email@example.com or contact Jane Hall (tel. 01527 598342 or 07980 358252)