Weddings

We are here to help you to celebrate the joyful times of life. We will help you through each stage of the planning process and make sure your service is personal to you. Holy Trinity Church is an extremely popular location for weddings.  The village churches at St Helen' Clifford Chambers and All Saints' Luddington both offer an ideal church for smaller weddings.  At All Saints', brides have been known to arrive by boat on the river.

A wedding is one of the most joyful and significant events for a couple, and for such a special day, we offer a special place. You're welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptised and whether or not you go to church. We would be delighted to help you to commit your lives to one another and to ask God to bless your marriage. 

If you are reading this page we expect that one of the more important things that you are looking at is a date. At the bottom of this page you can view what is already booked in Holy Trinity for your preferred dates, however we will not confirm a date with you until you have completed our Wedding Enquiry Form and attended an appointment with one of our Clergy Team. If you are wanting to book All Saints' in Luddington, or St Helen's in Clifford Chambers then just complete your preferred dates on the Wedding Enquiry Form.  If you are wanting to book the Guild Chapel then you should contact the Stratford Town Trust (info@guildchapel.org.uk) to book the venue and complete our Wedding Enquiry Form to make arrangements for one of our Clergy to conduct your service for you.

As a guide, we usually only close the church to visitors for one period on any day, however this period can be long enough for two weddings. As a result the first wedding booked will have a free choice of times but the second will be made either one and a half hours before or one and a half hours after the time booked for the first wedding. This also means that times are not usually able to be changed after a second wedding has been booked.

 

The process for you booking your wedding with us is this:

  • You complete the Wedding Enquiry Form (follow this link)

  • We invite you to a Wedding Surgery where we meet and talk about your plans. (Your plans don’t need to be confirmed at this initial stage). Wedding Surgeries are usually held on a Tuesday evening.  We will also confirm your identities and your eligibility to be married in our parish

  • We confirm a date and time for your wedding

 

The Church of England has a really useful Wedding site at https://www.yourchurchwedding.org/ and you will find the answers to many questions as well as suggestions for your wedding service on this site.

 

Eligibility sounds complicated but you just need to tell us on the form which of these statements you can say ‘yes’ to :

  • We live in the parish  (this link will help you see which parish you live in)

  • One of us has lived in the parish for at least six months

  • One of us has connections with the church (Baptism or Confirmation)

  • One of us has regularly attended services at a church in the parish for a period of at least six months

  • One of us will regularly attend services at a church in the parish for a period of at least six months

  • One of our parents or grandparents was married at one of the churches in the parish

  • One of our parents lived in the parish for at least six months after we were born

  • One of our parents regularly attended one of churches in the parish for a period of at least six months

  • We have or will obtain a Special Licence

 

We look forward to you contacting us with your completed Wedding Enquiry Form

If you need further assistance before you do that, then you can use our Contact Line on 01789 632811 or email contact@stratford-upon-avon.org