Whether you are thinking of getting married at St Martin’s or in another Church of England church and are living in the parish, you may need us to read your Banns of Marriage.
Banns are an announcement in church of your intention to marry and a chance for anyone to put forward a reason why the marriage may not lawfully take place. They need to be read in the parish where each of you lives as well as the church in which you are to be married, if that is somewhere else.
After your forthcoming marriage is announced, the congregation is invited to pray for you both. It can be quite special and moving to hear this, and a great way to start preparing for your big day.
Your banns should be read out in church for three Sundays during the three months before the wedding. This is usually done over three consecutive Sundays but does not have to be. After your Banns have been read, you will get a Banns Certificate, which is a legal requirement and you’ll need to give it to the Priest performing your wedding ceremony.