Why get married in church?

Christians believe that marriage between a man and a woman is a gift from God. It is the foundation of a healthy society providing love, support and companionship as well as security for children as they grow up. Getting married in church is a way of recognizing this gift and asking God for his blessing in your lives together.

What if I have been married before?

In making your vows before God the clear intention is that marriage is for life. However, we understand that sometimes it doesn’t work out.
If either of you have been married before, we ask you to complete a special application form which you send to the clergy in confidence. A meeting is then arranged to discuss your circumstances and whether a church wedding is appropriate. We are happy to book in your wedding day provisionally whilst you complete this process.

Who can be married at St James’?

  • One of you lives in the parish of Finchampstead and California. Enter your postcode into to find out.
  • One of you is on the church electoral roll because you worship here.
  • One of you was baptized or confirmed in the parish.
  • One of you lived in the parish, or worshipped here for at least 6 months.
  • Your parents lived in the parish or worshipped here for at least 6 months during your lifetime.
  • Your parents or grandparents were married in the parish.

Is there any preparation?

You will be asked to attend a Marriage Preparation Day shortly before your wedding, to introduce you to the Church of England ceremony, meet our wedding team over lunch, and run through the practicalities of the wedding service. You will also be asked to complete a Banns Application Form if applicable so that we can call your banns at the appropriate time.

A good, well thought out day—really interesting and thought provoking topics. Thank you” – Feedback 2014

“Thank you so much for an enjoyable day – you have made us feel very welcome and we are really looking forward to spending more time here”
– Feedback 2015

“The entire day was incredibly helpful and exceeded expectations” – Feedback 2015

How much does it cost?

The fees for 2017 are as follows:

  • The basic wedding fee is £805 (including the service, organist and one marriage certificate)
  • With bells included £925
  • With bells and a small choir £1085
  • With bells, a small choir and flowers £1210

If the fees are a problem, we are happy to discuss ways in which they might be reduced.
The fees are reviewed annually.

What do I do now?

Thank you for considering St James’ Church for your wedding service. The church is open weekdays from 10am til 12noon for you to have a look around. We have lots of different services on Sundays, which you are welcome to attend, to show you how vibrant the church is when full of people. (See our list of services)

Please contact the Parish Office for further information, or to book your special day.

The Parish Office

The Manor House
Church Lane
Berkshire RG40 4LU
0118 9730133

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