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.
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.
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.
We are able to offer outstanding music which will be carefully arranged by our Director of Music. 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:
- Has ever lived in the Parish bounded by Carthusian Street In the north and Aldersgate Street In the east and extending almost to the St Paul’s Underground Station to the south, together with all who live in Charterhouse Square and Glasshouse Yard (which are extra parochial places).
- Has worshipped at the Church for six months or more and has their name entered on the Church Electoral Roll.
- Was baptised or confirmed here.
- Has parents or grandparents who were married here.
- Has connections to the Priory Church through working in Smithfield, through St Bartholomew’s Hospital and Medical College or through organisations associated with the Church (e.g. livery companies).
- This may require an Archbishop of Canterbury's Special Licence.
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 the parish office on firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The initial questions will be:
- when are you planning to get married?
- why do you want to be married at St Bartholomew the Great?
The Parish Office is open between 9.30 and 5.30 Monday to Friday, although appointments can also be made for Sundays at 5.30 p.m.
We look forward to hearing from you.