Weddings / Banns

Thinking of a church wedding?

Thinking of a church wedding?

Congratulations! You’re welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are christened and whether or not you regularly go to church.

If you would like help in planning your wedding you should talk to the vicar of the church you intend to get married in. Another great place to find help and answers to common questions is at the Church of England Wedding website. It can be found at

Do I need my banns read?


If you are getting married in Saint Peter’s Church you will need your banns read in the church. If you plan to get married in a different church, but live in Saint Peter’s parish, you will also need to get your banns read at Saint Peter’s Church. To find out which parish you live in please visit and enter your postcode.

What are banns?

Banns are an announcement in church of your intention to marry and a chance for anyone to put forward a reason why the marriage may not lawfully take place. Banns need to be read in the parish where each of you lives as well as the parish church in which you are to be married, if that is somewhere else. You must have your banns read out in church for three Sundays during the three months before the wedding. This is often done over three consecutive Sundays but does not have to be.

Please be in touch with Jo Edwards if you would like your Banns read, or would like more details about planning a wedding. he would be happy to help you with any questions you have.