Legal Preliminaries to Marriage at St Sebastian's

Legal Preliminaries to Marriage

You will be able to get married at St Sebastian’s if:

Either you or your fiancé(e) lives in the parish OR is on the electoral roll of the church

This is the most straightforward way to get married at St Sebastian’s.  You can check whether you live in the parish by entering your postcode in the search box on the web-site called 'A Church Near You', but please contact the Parish Office if in any doubt. 

You are most likely to be on the electoral roll (not the same as the voter’s register) if you already attend the church.

Or you can show a qualifying connection with St Sebastian’s Church

In this case you will need to produce evidence that any one of the following applies:

One of you:

  • has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
  • was baptised in the parish church or
  • was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
  • has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or

One of your parents, at any time after you were born:

  • has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
  • has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or

One of your parents or grandparents:

  • was married in the parish

Have you been divorced?

The traditional stance of the Church of England has been not to marry people who are divorced, although it is now possible for individual clergy to opt to do so.  St Sebastian’s retains the traditional position, believing that this is the best way to uphold the Biblical principle that marriage is for life.

This means that you will not be able to get married at St Sebastian’s if either you or your fiancé(e) has been divorced (even if you fulfil one of the above criteria).  However, in this case we are very happy to conduct a Service of Prayer and Dedication after a Civil Marriage (often known as a Wedding Blessing service).