Weddings

Weddings

A wedding begins a marriage. At a church wedding partners take life vows of love, honour, and faithfulness. Couples have been marrying for the last thousand years or so in our churches.

If you are hoping to get married at St Mark Ampfield, St Denys Chilworth, St John the Baptist, or All Saints both in North Baddesley you are in the right place.

Thank you for your patience and putting up with the limitations that have been in place around services marking life events. You can now have weddings in church. There are still restrictions on congregation sizes and what can be done. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your wedding.

We can only marry people who live in these villages or have what is called a ‘qualifying connection’ to these parishes. To understand whether you have one read ‘what is a qualifying connection?' below.

To discover all you need to know, read about Church of England weddings and blessings on the national site. It has comprehensive sections on: thinking about why marry in church to looking at the service, special roles, and what comes next. We want the start of your marriage to be personal, meaningful, spiritual and beautiful, just as you want it to be.

Please use this form to help take the first step toward your marriage. It helps us enormously if we have this information to begin with:

What is a Qualifying Connection?

A couple may be married in one of our parishes if either of you can show one of the seven connections with the parish

That one of you:

  1. was baptised in the parish or
  2. was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
  3. has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
  4. has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months and is on the electoral roll* or

That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:

  1. has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
  2. has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months and been on the electoral roll* or

That one of your parents or grandparents:

  1. was married in the parish

* The electoral roll is like a membership list. One is made up for each parish of those who worship there regularly. People can join the electoral roll once they have attended one of our churches regularly for 6 months, and if they intend to continue doing so.