Getting Married

Congratulations on your engagement.

A wedding day takes much planning and preparation and the central act of the day, the marriage ceremony also takes time to plan. The church buildings here in Ilchester District have seen countless couples 'join the knot' over the 800 years or so they have stood within our communities. Just as they have stood the tests of time and remain a steadfast witness to the love that God has for the world in Jesus Christ so we hope that your marriage will be forged in love and be able to stand the tests of time. 

A wedding day is gone in a flash but a marriage can be for a liftime! Taking the time to prepare for the day is essential and we hope the links below will give you some guidence and direction as you embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Can we get married here?

To marry in a Chruch of England parish church strict legal requirments have to be met.

1. Immigration Act of 2014 states that only EEA nationals have the ability to be married following the publication of Banns of marriage in a church. If either party is not an EEA national they must first attend a registry office and apply for a ‘registrar’s certificate’. Proof of both nationality and residence within the UK will be required before a wedding booking can take place.

2. The publication of Banns of marriage is an old, old way of ensuring that people are legally able to be married. On three seperate Sundays before the wedding day the couple's names are read aloud in the main church service and people are asked to say if they know why the wedding should not go ahead. To qualify to be married by banns one or other person:

· was baptised in the parish; or had his or her confirmation entered in a church register book of a church or chapel in the parish; or has at any time had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months; or has at any time habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months; or a Parent of that person has at any time during that person’s lifetime: or had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months; or habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months; or a Parent or Grandparent of that person was married in the  parish.

If you find these rules apply to you then please contact the Rector who will be only too happy to sit down with a cuppa and talk further with you. See the Contact Page for details.

What if I am divorced? Whilst we wish every couple a lifetime of love the reality in life is that relationships do break down and seperation and divorce follow. Our Rector is open to talking things through with couples where one or other may have previously been married and is open to conducting a ceremony for those who are divorced.

Getting Married at St Bart's in Yeovilton. Becuase the building is no longer a parish church and serves the Fleet Air Arm as a private chapel there are restrictions in place for weddings. In basic principle any serving Naval personel are able to talk with the Chaplians at RNAS Yeovilton who will explain the proceedures. If you are from the 'village' and would like to be married in the church the restriction in place mean that this is only possible if one of you is a serving member of the UK Armed Forces or one of your parents served in the Royal Navy or Fleet Air Arm. The legal requirments above still apply. If you have any doubts have a chat with the Rector. To contact a Chaplain follow the link to St Bart's below

How much will it cost?  Stautory Fees apply to getting married in a church and these costs change annually. On top of these fees are the costs for the extras you may wish to have, or not - bells, organist, heating in the depths of winter. These costs are liable to change annually as well and in the case of organists and bells are charges made by the individuals concerned rather than the church. Monies are usually paid at the rehersal a day or two before the service.

For more information on being married in a church visit the Church of Englands dedicated web site - click on the link.



Wedding Fees 2019 

Publication of Banns     £30
Marriage Service            £455
Wedding Certificate      £ 11 each

Ilchester £125
Limington £150

Organist £90

Heating between October and April £35