Wedding FAQ

Here are some of the questions which couples ask us about church weddings as they prepare for the big day. You can also visit www.yourchurchwedding.org for more information.

Q. Can I get married in church?

A. The short answer is yes! We’re thrilled that you’re considering a church wedding. Everyone is entitled to get married in their parish church.

Q. How do I know which parish I live in?

Click here to visit the Parish Finder website. All you have to do is enter your postcode – if the website tells you that you live in the parish of Great Grimsby, St Mary & St James, you can get married here!

Q. What if I don’t live in your parish?

A. Don’t panic! There may still be a way you can get married here. You can get married in one of our four churches if:

One of you

  • has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
  • was baptised (christened) in the parish concerned or
  • was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
  • has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or

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

One of your parents or grandparents:

  • was married in the parish

Q. What if none of these conditions apply to us?

A. Don’t worry, we will help you find a church where you can get married. It may also be possible to have a civil wedding and then come to church for a Service of Blessing and Thanksgiving

Q. How do I book a wedding?

A. You can use the contact form on the ‘Weddings’ page on this website to start your enquiry. You can also come to Grimsby Minster on a Wednesday evening between 7pm and 7.45pm, where a member of our team will guide you through the booking process.

Q. How much does it cost to get married in church?

A. There is a basic fee for getting married in church which covers the legal fees, the calling of banns, the banns certificate and your marriage certificate. There may be additional costs involved with the calling of banns, and for extras such as heating during the winter months, music and flowers. Get in touch with us for more information.

Q. Is it more expensive to get married at the Minster?

A. In a word – no! The legal fees don’t depend on the size or status of the church. Just because it’s a Minster or because it’s a big church, it doesn’t mean we charge more!

Q. How do we plan the ceremony?

A. Once you’ve booked your wedding, the vicar will talk you through the service and help you to choose things like readings and hymns, and anything else you’d like to include.

Q. Do I have to attend church in order to get married?

A. No, you don’t have to be a regular churchgoer to get married in church.

Q. One of us has been previously married – can we still get married in church?

A. Get in touch with us – for the majority of couples where one or both has been divorced, we’re very happy to marry you in church.

If you’ve got any other questions – use the form on the Contact page or give us a ring!