Getting Married in one of the Benefice Churches
Are we eligible to marry in our Parish Church?
If you would like to get married in one of our Churches, the first thing to do is find out if you are eligible to be married in that Church.
If you can answer ‘Yes’ to any one of the following questions, then you can get married in the Church you have chosen. When answering the questions below, the ‘Parish’ refers to the location of the Church you want to marry in, ie Silsoe or Flitton or Pulloxhill.
- Does one of you live in the Parish?
- Is one of you on the Parish Electoral Roll AND has one of you been baptised?
- Has either of you at any time lived in the Parish for at least 6 months?
- Has either of you at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the Parish church for at least 6 months?
- Were either of you baptised in the Parish?
- Were either of you prepared for confirmation in the Parish AND has one of you been baptised?
- Has one of your parents, at any time after you were born, lived in the Parish for a period of at least 6 months?
- Has one of your parents, at any time after you were born, regularly gone to normal church services in the Parish church for at least 6 months?
- Has one of your parents or grandparents married in the Parish?
- Have you been granted a Special Licence to marry in the Parish church?
What does it cost?
There are two sets of fees payable if you marry in one of our Parish churches – the ‘Legal Fees’ and the ‘Optional Extras Fees’.
The Legal Fees are set nationally by the Church of England and are reviewed annually. For 2020, those fees are:
Statutory fee for a basic Church of England wedding service
Calling of the Banns in the Parish
For inter-Benefice wedding only – calling of the Banns in the other Benefice parish
Banns called at a church outside the Benefice, or in the Parish if you are getting married outside the Benefice.
£31 for calling
£14 for certificate
The Optional Extras Fees are set by each Parochial Church Council and are reviewed annually. For 2020, those fees are:
Use of recorded music
Video recording of service – Please note that if you wish to record the service, you need to apply for a Limited Manufacture (LM) licence which deals with the copyright issues. It costs £15 and should be obtained from PRS for Music – here is the link
Support of Verger
*These are by arrangement and subject to availability. There may be additional costs, eg rehearsal of new music. If vidoe recording takes place, the additional organist fee is payable as well.
£60 to PCC
£100 to Organist
Can we have a Blessing in the church?
If you wish to have a Blessing in the Parish Church, please contact Rev Dave Bell. There is no statutory fee for a blessing performed in a church. We ask that you make a donation and suggest that the equivalent of the basic cost of a wedding is an appropriate amount.
More information about Weddings and Blessings
If you are considering getting married in church or having your marriage blessed, you may find it helpful to look at the special Church of England website which has all sort of useful information together with a ceremony planner to help you keep track of all the arrangements.