We welcome everyone who wishes to be married in the parish of Witney. We will be delighted to offer you all the help we can in planning your wedding.
If you’re trying to choose a date for your wedding, please ask us first. We can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to hold your service if you’ve already committed to a date – we may be committed for that date ourselves.
You should find answers to some questions about weddings below, and there are some links which will help you find out more.
If your wedding is in a different parish and you need us to read your banns, contact the Revd Elizabeth Thomson (01993 834875).
For more information about weddings, or to ask about booking a date, contact the Revd Elizabeth Thomson (01993 834875). Elizabeth will arrange to meet the two of you to talk through the legal preliminaries, the practical arrangements, and the marriage service itself.
Yes, if at least one of you has a connection with the parish. Usually the connection is simply that you live in the parish, or you used to live here. There are several other possible connections as well. Full details are here
For a quick check, do a postcode search at www.achurchnearyou.com
Four: St Mary’s, Witney; Holy Trinity, Woodgreen; St John’s, Hailey; St John’s Curbridge. If you are being married in the parish you can choose any of the four churches. St Mary’s seats about 150 people; Holy Trinity and Hailey, about 100; Curbridge, about 60.
Yes. The legal preliminaries might be different to make sure that the marriage is recognised in your country, but the service will be the same. If you would like parts of the service to be in a language other than English, we will do our best.
The church fees for most weddings in 2013 will be £550, or £700 for weddings at St Mary’s if you would like the bells to be rung. There are some extra fees for other options you could include, and in the winter months there is a charge for heating. We will ask you for a deposit of £100 once the date is booked, and the balance of the fees needs to be paid a month before the wedding. More details of fees are here
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Marriage is a solemn commitment to be made in holiness with the help of God, and a unique joy to celebrate in the love of God. That’s why.
You are asked if you have decided to be married of your own free will. You make vows of faithfulness and love to each other. You exchange rings as a sign of the vows. The priest blesses the marriage. And there can be songs, readings, music and prayers. As long as all the essentials are there, we will try to design the service so that it includes what you would like. You can find out much more about the marriage service here
We hope so. If you want to make that commitment to each other, after experiencing the pain of a marriage that failed in the past, we will do what we can to help. Contact us to talk it through.
Yes. But if you want your marriage to be recognised by the Roman Catholic church, you should talk to your priest about it too.
Yes. Contact us to talk it through.
If you are being married in a registry office, or abroad, you can have a service of prayer and dedication in the church afterwards. If you’ve been married for years and years and you want to renew your vows or to mark the anniversary with a service of blessing, we’ll be happy to arrange that.
No, it can be any day. But if you want a choir or bellringers to take part in the service, Saturday is the day they’re available.
Usually, and we will do our best to have it on the day you have in mind. However, we don’t book weddings for the Easter weekend or close to Christmas. Those are times when the clergy and the churches are both very busy. We don’t book weddings on Sundays for the same reason. Some events in church buildings are booked months or years ahead, and sometimes we have to close churches for planned building work.
It has to start after 8.00 am and finish before 6.00 pm.
Most wedding services last about thirty or forty minutes.
Yes, but because of performance rights legislation, it increases the organist’s fee.
After you book a date for your wedding, we will give you details of how to sort out all the practical issues. Details are also here
One of the clergy of the parish of Witney, either one of the priests in the ministry team
, or one of the retired clergy who help us. If you know someone who is ordained and you would like them to be involved in the service, we will try to make that possible.