Getting Married in Church
The antiquity, the splendid architecture, and the magical atmosphere of St. Chad’s blend together to make a superb venue for weddings. Although Greengate Street is pedestrianised, arrangements can easily be made for wedding cars to gain access, and to drive along Stafford’s main street to the doors of the church – quite a spectacle on a Saturday when the town is busy. The beauty of the church naturally enhances wedding photography, the couple standing in front of the gorgeous high altar, or at the chancel step, or framed by the west doorway with its wealth of romanesque sculptures.
We hold many beautiful weddings at St Chad’s each year. If you think you may like to be married here, the best place to start is by contacting Pauline in the Parish Office. We will need to know:
- Your connection with St. Chad’s Church
- If either of you has been married before
If you are not regular worshippers in the church you will need to discuss this with the Rector.
Again if one of you has been married before you need to discuss this with the Rector. This does not necessarily mean that you can’t get married here however we do need to speak to you before we make further arrangements.
The church deals with the legal aspects of your marriage as well as the religious and spiritual aspects. It is, therefore, important that you ensure that all of the formalities are accurate. After meeting with the Rector, if you do decide to hold your Wedding here, we have a useful booklet which along with guidance from the Rector, will ensure you are supported in planning one of the most special days of your lives. The booklet is available from the Parish office and will guide you through the support we can offer, from formal, legal requirements such as reading Banns, to the smaller, more personal details such as flowers and writing an order of service.
The table below contains the current fees for wedding at St Chad’s. Please note that fees are subject to review each January. Fees are double if the Wedding takes place on a Sunday. A deposit of £50.00 is required on booking the Church.
| Parochial Fees authorized by Parochial Fees orders:
Call of the Banns
Service in Church
|Fees fixed by the incumbent and parties concerned:|
|Voluntary contribution towards the maintenance of the Church||£100.00|
We are happy to answer any further questions you may have, so please contact The Parish Office for further information.
Why do people get married in church?
A marriage service, wherever it is held, is a public declaration of love and commitment to your partner. If you choose to get married in church there is an additional dimension – the assurance that God cares about your relationship, and that his resources and strength are available to you. Including God in your marriage doesn’t mean that you will avoid all the usual ups and downs, but you will know that you can look to God for help and guidance, and that his love will sustain you. You will also have the support and encouragement of the Christian Church family.
What will be the style of the service?
We are able to offer the traditional form of service as set out in the Book of Common Prayer, or a modern language service. A full Nuptial Mass is also available for those who wish to receive Holy Communion at the time of their marriage, A wide range of hymns and songs, and other appropriate music is available, and the musical aspects of the service are normally discussed with the church organist and musical director.