Weddings & Blessings

Holy Matrimony is one life’s most significant mile-stones and an occasion which will be remembered for the rest of your life. It is a time for celebration and festivity but also for solemn contemplation and reflection on commitment, faithfulness and loyalty.
Our services
Music
Who qualifies to marry at St Bartholomew’s?
Drinks receptions in the Cloister Café
How do we proceed?

Weddings and Blessings at St Bartholomew the Great

We are delighted that you are considering taking your vows and committing yourself to one another, or having your union blessed at St Bartholomew the Great. There has been a long tradition of weddings and blessings at this beautiful church which, with its grandeur, striking ancient beauty and fine music, has shared in the happiness of many couples.

Whether it is a quiet, simple service in the Lady Chapel or a full flower-bedecked wedding at the High Altar with professional choir, marked by the peals of the oldest bells in London, we endeavour to meet all requirements with thoughtful care and efficiency.

Our services
From your first contact with the Parish Office, right through to the ceremony, we guide you step-by-step through the process with care which is both focused and tailored to each individual’s requirements.

Music
We are able to offer outstanding music which will be carefully arranged by our Director of Music: Nigel Short (founder and director of the famous choir Tenebrae). The Director of Music normally meets couples to discuss the choice of music and is happy to comply with most requests and offer advice.

Who qualifies to marry here and what are the legal requirements?
An early enquiry about a wedding enables us to sort out the legal requirements, which will differ from couple to couple. We try to be as accommodating as possible. There are, however, some legal restrictions.

You are able to marry at St Bartholomew the Great if one of you:

Those who fall into any of the above categories and have a spouse still living from a former marriage are also welcome to discuss their plans with the Rector. Foreign nationals and UK subjects living abroad who have connections to the Priory Church are also welcome.

If you are in any doubt about whether you qualify, please ask. If you do not qualify to be married here, then it may be possible for you to be married in a civil ceremony and to have a service of blessing here.

Drinks receptions in the Cloister Café
The elegant 15th Century Cloister of the Church is an ideal place for your guests to meet for a cup of coffee before the service or mingle afterwards with a glass of champagne during the photographs. Please contact the Parish Office by telephoning 020 7600 0440 or by emailing administrator@greatstbarts.com for details.

How do we proceed?
If you are thinking about getting married, please contact the Parish Office (click this link for details) and make an appointment to see either Fr Mark or the Rector.

The initial questions will be:

The Parish Office is open between 9.30 and 5.30 Tuesday to Friday although appointments can me made for Sundays at 5.30 p.m.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Below is a slideshow of photographs taken at a recent wedding in the church. They are all credited to www.christophermartinphotography.co.uk – click this text to go to the website , where you will find many other examples of Christopher Martin's work. These photographs are used with his permission.

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