We are delighted that you are thinking of getting married in one of our beautiful churches.
(Please read all the ‘Wedding Fees’ information below and the ‘Important Information’ before sending your completed forms to us)
Couples living in the Parish of Ipplepen, Torbryan, Denbury, Woodland or Broadhempston but having their marriage ceremony in a church elsewhere, will need to have their banns read in the parish in which they live and also in the parish in which they are getting married. They should complete only the ‘Banns Application Form’ and email their completed form to
Please see this information:
Weddings Application Form and Banns Application Form
Couples that would like to hold their wedding ceremony in one of our beautiful churches in the Beacon Parishes Mission community (Ipplepen, Torbryan, Denbury, Broadhempston and Woodland) will need to complete both the ‘Wedding Application Form’ and the ‘Banns Application Form’.
(Note: These forms are ‘fillable forms’ if opened on a PC or android device)
Reverend Andrew Down will then contact you to arrange an initial wedding meeting.
At your initial wedding meeting, Reverend Andrew Down will need to see your identification, usually your passport. This document explains alternatives if you do not have a passport
Please note that if you live in a Parish outside of the Beacon Parishes Mission Community then you will also need to send a further banns application form to your local Parish Church as your banns will need to be read in both the church in the parish in which you live and also read in the church in which your wedding ceremony will take place. The Church in the Parish in which you live will charge a fee of £54 (2023 fee) for reading your banns and providing you with a banns certificate.
Following your initial wedding meeting with Reverend Andrew Down (soon after submitting your application forms) , we will request a £30 deposit to book your wedding.
The balance for the remaining wedding fees (excluding payments for the Organist, Bell Ringers and Church Representative) will be due one month prior to the date of your wedding ceremony.
The fees for the Organist, Bell ringers and Church Representative should be brought along to your wedding rehearsal (usually one or two days prior to your ceremony) and handed the Church Representative to pass to those individuals.
Please note that we do not have a design and printing service for your ‘Order of Service’ booklet so this is something you will need to arrange. If you would like the below ‘Order of Service’ templates to be emailed to you in ‘word’ format, please request these from email@example.com:
The Church of England has a great website to help you make your plans – www.yourchurchwedding.org
Please note that banns need to be read in the parish in which you are getting married and also in the parish in which you live. Please see this useful link:
First you need to make sure you can get married in the parish church (i.e. you are ‘connected’):
The couple is connected if:
One of them:
1 lives in the parish
2 is on the church’s electoral roll
3 has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months
4 has habitually attended normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months
5 was baptised in the parish
6 was prepared for confirmation in the parish
one of their parents; at any time after they were born:
7 has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months
8 has at any time habitually attended normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months
one of their parents or grandparents:
9 was married in the parish.
10 they have been granted a Special Licence
If you do not live in the parish, you need to complete the Qualifying Connection Form
If one of the parties has been married before you need to talk to the Rector; there is an enquiry using this form
Important information for your Witnesses
Could you please advise your witnesses, that when they sign their signatures on your marriage document on the day of your wedding, they will need to:
- Write their full name clearly with their SURNAME in capitals
- and also then sign it with their signature.
as this will be the document that the Register Office uses to produce your final official marriage certificate. Therefore, how their name is clearly noted on the day is how it will appear on your final official certificate.
Applying for your Marriage Certificate from May 2021
We will provide you with a temporary unofficial ‘Congratulations’ certificate on the day of your ceremony which will be signed by the Reverend but you will still need to order your formal legal certificate.
Following your ceremony, the Reverend will forward your signed Marriage Document to the Register Office. You will then be able to order your marriage certificate directly from the Register Office.
There will be a fee of £11 for this which you will need to pay directly to the Register Office. Please note this is the new method, from 3rd May 2021, for obtaining your certificate.
If you are not an internet user and instead wish to apply for your certificate by post, please send a cheque to the value of £11, made payable to ‘Devon County Council’ with a covering letter to: Copy Certificates, Great Moor House, Bittern Road, Sowton, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7NL.
For further information, please click on the link: