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Getting married at St Martin's 

A church wedding is a very special and poignant occasion and we welcome enquiries from couples who would like to get married at St Martin's. 

We will do our very best to give you a great day, and send you off into married life with prayer and the blessing of God and his Church.


Marriage is, of course, a legal process and so we have to follow the law, and to be married in a Church of England church, you need to have a 'qualifying connection' with the parish. The simplest is to live within the parish, but there are various connections that can be made: 

If one of you has: 
- lived in the parish for a period of six months or more at any point in your life 
- was baptised in the parish
- was prepared for confirmation in the parish
- has at any time regularly attended normal church services in the parish for a period of six months

OR
One of your parents (at any time after you were born):
- has lived in the parish for a period of six months
- has at any time regularly attended normal church services in the parish for a period of six months

OR
One of your parents or grandparents:
-was married in the parish. 

We are very happy to talk you through these if you are unsure.

How do I apply?

In the first instance, we welcome enquiries by telephone or email to establish a connection.

Please contact our parish priest or churchwardens: 
07444 459341 st.martin.stamford@gmail.com

Once we have asked you to fill in and return the relevant form, we will then contact you to organise a meeting, to talk you through the process and begin planning your ceremony. 

It is not usually possible at present for divorcees to remarry at St Martin's whilst the former spouses are still living. In these circumstances, we would be very happy to talk to you about a service of dedication and blessing after a civil marriage. 

We look forward to hearing from you! 

I live here but am getting married elsewhere

You will need to have the Banns of Marriage published here as well as in the parish where you are marrying. Our priest would be happy to talk to you about the process, and the relevant application form can be downloaded here.

Download information about the statutory fees for marriage and other services.

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