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Christian Marriage is a gift of God and a sacrament of his Church. It should be entered into with thoughtfulness and prayer.
Please speak with Fr Jason if you are hoping to have your marriage service in St. Andrew's.
As the Church of the State, marriages take place according to the service of the Church of England and the Church cannot be simply hired for use as a venue only. As such, certain criteria apply which can be discussed.
You can arrange to get married at St Andrew's if (see further explanation and advice below) provided that you nor the person you hope to marry are subject to immigration controls and/or have overstayed your visa; and you meet the Church of England’s rules for being connected to the parish church in which you would like to get married. If one of these criteria seems to be a problem in your case, don’t panic. Read the information below and feel free to contact us if you need to know more. We will require documentary proof of these things and may have to refer you to other agencies or authorities (such as the Registrar or the Home Office) in case of doubt, particularly with regard to immigration status.
How do we know if we are ‘connected’ enough to St Andrew's to marry there?
What does ‘in the parish’ mean?
Each Church of England church serves an area called a parish. It has fixed boundaries and you can check which parish you live in by visiting http://www.achurchnearyou.com/ and searching with your postcode. Because of the variety in size and shape of parishes, the Church of England church you are nearest may not be your parish church, especially in large cities.
How much does it cost?
Fees are levied for Weddings, but they are relatively small in the context of the average cost of a wedding, reception and honeymoon. Some of these are set by the authorities; some are set by the parish. The current 2017 legal fees are approximately £452.00 plus additional fees from St. Andrew's of approximately £150.00.
Banns of Marriage
If you live in the parish of St Andrew, Kingsbury but are getting married elsewhere, you will be required by the Vicar of that church to ‘get your Banns read’ at St Andrew's on three Sunday mornings, within three months of the date of your wedding. This is straightforward to arrange. Please contact Fr Jason to arrange this. The fee for this requirement is £41.00.
I (or my partner) are subject to immigration controls or have overstayed a visa.
The Church of England is obliged to uphold the law as to who can marry in the UK, which includes the visa status of non-EU citizens and the Immigration Act 2004. People who enter the UK on a visa and wish to marry an EU citizen must have permission to do so as part of their visa, and their visa must be current. Marrying in the Church of England is not a way of evading the requirements of the law or the consequences of having overstayed a visa, because the legal requirements must be satisfied before the marriage can take place.
We advise anyone who wishes to seek to get married at St Andrew's to have resolved any immigration and other visa issues before approaching us. If either the bride or groom is a citizen of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA), they will have to apply for a marriage visa. Information is available on the UK Border Agency website. You may have to be referred to the Superintendent Registrar or the Home Office to obtain the correct paperwork and permissions.