Congratulations on your decision to be married! If you’re reading this you may be considering having a church wedding and we would be delighted to have a conversation with you even if you’re just at the beginning of trying to work out the where and the how.
Many couples assume weddings held in churches are more expensive. Our wedding fees are set by the national Church of England so they are the same wherever you are in the country. Many churches include additional local fees to cover the cost of the heating, bell-ringers, choirs, organists and vergers- the person who cleans and unlocks the building. In 2022 the fee for a church wedding (without local fees included) is £480.
Clergy are happy to put together an Order of Service with the couple that reflects the couple’s own personalities, this may include readings, poems and music that are special to you. Clergy will offer prayers specifically for you, your family and friends and are keen to encourage couples to undertake some marriage preparation either with clergy/trained lay workers or via online resources although this is optional. We encourage couples to stay in touch with us after the wedding day, we love to have visitors and you might find a spiritual home here too.
We would expect couples to meet up with clergy at least 3 times before the date of the wedding- the booking meeting where ID verification takes place, the Order of Service meeting where we look at what the service includes and the rehearsal itself- many couples appreciate the opportunity for a walk through before the big day!
Accessibility– St Paul’s can hold up to 500 people seated and is perfect for those seeking a venue which has plenty of space and where folks may wish to socially-distance themselves. The main entrance is accessible via a ramp and we have a disabled toilet and baby change located just inside the entrance.
There is a loop system for those hard of hearing and a BSL Interpreter can be arranged (additional fees may apply).
St Paul’s has a 20 space car-park and is opposite the town’s multi-storey car-park and 5 mins walk from the Sale Metro station. We have 2 disabled bays and there is a layby for wedding vehicles.
We are probably one of very few churches that also have canal access- why not arrive in style by boat and walk through the church gardens.
Photography/Video– You may like to record the wedding- so long as the required copyright licences are in place that’s fine- clergy can advise on this.
Flowers- We would expect you to bring your own florist- this may be a family member or professional! Depending on the date of your wedding you may discover the church is already decorated and you don’t need a florist! We are happy to have a chat about your expectations.
Confetti- Biodegradable only please- Bubbles, bird seed and rose petals are good alternatives and great for the environment.
Church Hall- You’ll have noticed the church hall next to the church, this can be hired for wedding receptions too and includes a fenced outdoor area opening up onto the canal-side.
Banns- we’ve been asked to get our banns called- what is this? Banns are the means of legally making sure that your names have been publicised. We simply read out your names during the main service on 3 consecutive Sundays. Many couples bring along family and friends to listen to them. Please get in touch with Vicar Becky if you’ve been asked to have your banns called at St Paul’s.
Emergency Weddings– In exceptional circumstances it is also possible for clergy to hold weddings at short notice- in hospital, hospice or at home.
For enquiries about weddings please email Vicar Becky or contact the Church Office at the email address’ on our Contact page.
These photographs were taken in early 2015 and are courtesy of Sophia McLeod and Giulia Zonza from “on love and photography” whose website is : http://www.onloveandphotography.com
Christenings/Baptisms/Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child
Infant Baptisms- in the Church of England we are happy to baptise/christen babies and children as well as adults and those who are able to choose if they’d like to be christened.
There is no fee for a Christening and we ask parents/carers to contact Vicar Becky directly. Christenings can take place either within the main morning service at 10am or afterwards at approximately 12 noon. Vicar Becky is keen to meet families before the christening takes place so she can personalise the service. You might like to come along to our Tuesday 9.30am Babes & Tots’ group as Vicar Becky is available then for a chat and you can even get a cup of tea and entertainment for your little one.
God-parents must be christened/baptised themselves- from any church denomination. Otherwise they can be supporting friends- they must be able though to make the decisions on following Jesus on behalf of the child/baby.
Thanksgiving Service for the Gift of a Child
If you’d like a service that celebrates and gives thanks for the gift of a child but you would prefer the child to make the decision themselves about following the Christian faith, then you might like to consider this option. Thanksgiving services can happen within the main morning service or a little later on. Please have a chat with Vicar Becky if you’d like more info about this.
We are always happy to have a conversation with those seeking baptism/christening at any stage in their lives- it might be following an illness or a change in life circumstances. It may be the start of your faith journey or a part of it. Please get in touch with Vicar Becky.