What we can offer
Firstly, congratulations, we are delighted that you are thinking about using St Chad’s Parish Church for your wedding. We can offer you one of the finest Churches in Yorkshire as the venue for the big day. The Church is set back from the road in a beautiful village green setting, surrounded by trees and our local cricket pitch.
Within the Church we have a magnificent Harrison and Harrison organ for singing the hymns and an excellent PA system with Bose speakers for playing CD music if required. We have a bell tower with a full set of eight bells, so bells can be rung in celebration at the end of the service.
After a recent reordering we now have underfloor heating so the Church building is always warm and welcoming. Our Parish Centre, at the bottom of the church drive, provides the perfect venue for your wedding reception – see below!
Can I get married in St Chad’s Church?
Thanks to changes in the law you can still get married in a Church of England church even if you don’t live in the parish if you can show:-
That one of you:
- has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
- was baptised in the parish concerned or
- was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
- has at any time (so that includes the period up to the time of your marriage if it is more than 6 months) regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months
or That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
- has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
- has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months
or That one of your parents or grandparents:
- was married in the parish
And did you know that if you move house, you’re immediately connected to the church there? That means you can marry in the church of your new parish.
In all cases involving church services – i.e. going to normal church services, baptism, confirmation or marriage – this applies only to Church of England services.
If you cannot demonstrate any of the above connections, you could create one, simply by attending your chosen church’s usual services at least once a month for six consecutive months. If you decide to do this, leave enough time after your attendance for the banns to be read before your wedding too – about another two months should be enough.
Please contact us well in advance to discuss the options open to you.
Getting married at St Chad’s – the process
At St Chad’s, people are married according to the rites and traditions of the Church of England. It is a legal requirement to have the Banns of Marriage read out on the first three Sundays of the month before the wedding. Couples are encouraged to attend these services and to hear their Banns being read out, particularly for the “last time of asking”. It is an excellent way of preparing for your wedding day – to be aware of a parish family who will be praying for you on the day itself and who are there to offer support as you take this exciting step together, also if you have children already or are hoping to raise a family in the years ahead.
BANNS – if you want to marry at St Chad’s but live in a different parish
If one of you lives in another parish, then the Banns must also be read in the Parish Church of that parish. The latter parish will, after the required three readings, issue a Certificate which you should collect and bring to St Chad’s Church before the wedding. A separate fee will be payable to that church.
To find your local church, go to achurchnearyou.com
BANNS – if you are getting married in a different parish
If you’re getting married at a different church but live in St Chad’s parish you’ll need to arrange for your Marriage Banns to be read here also. You will need to complete another Banns form and pay a fee. We generally read out the Banns during our 9.30am morning service, on the first three Sundays of the month before the wedding date. You can collect a Certificate from church after the final reading of the banns. Please contact the parish office for more information about what you need to do.
We will do all we can to accommodate your flower requirements, however you will need to supply your own arrangers. Our own flower arrangers do need to know what your plans are in order to make the necessary adjustments for our regular Sunday flowers. Please could you ensure that you contact the parish office about your flower arrangements.
We can also provide you with the ideal space for your wedding reception. Our Parish Centre is a popular reception venue because of its large hall (which can be dressed up beautifully to your own design) and comfortably seats up to 200 people). The hall has a wooden sprung floor for dancing and a stage area for a band. We have just invested in new chairs which can be decorated for a sit down wedding banquet, and plenty of sturdy trestle tables available for use as part of the hire charge.
The Parish Centre also has a fully licensed bar and a well-equipped kitchen, with full disabled access throughout the building. There are extra rooms at the back of the Parish Centre which are also available for your use for storage of equipment and coats, etc. Visit our Parish Centre website for more information and hire charges.
We are pleased to be able to offer a discount if you choose to book the Parish Centre in conjunction with the Church – please speak to the Vicar or to Tracey Teasdale in the Parish Centre for more details. Please book well ahead for the Parish Centre as a venue for a wedding reception – it is a very popular venue and is booked up a long time in advance on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Your Church Wedding
The Church of England has a new and very informative web site all about weddings in church. You can plan your day, listen to hymns and music you may want to choose, look at readings that you might like, there is an online wedding planner and it has a FAQ about all aspects of getting married in church. The web address is www.yourchurchwedding.org.