Congratulations on your commitment to be married. St Philip’s church is here to help you planning your wedding - we will do whatever we can to make it the best possible day for you. If you’d like to find out more, please come in and speak to one of us in the office or better yet, come along on a Sunday morning at 10.30am to become familiar with the space and see what St Philip’s is all about.
This is not meant to be an exhaustive guide to planning your wedding; merely a starting place. An important thing is to talk with our parish office, as soon as possible, to ensure the church is free on the date you have in mind.
To enquire and/or make arrangements for a wedding, or to have your Banns of Marriage called, please contact the Parish Office. You might also find it helpful to read the Church of England’s thoughts on weddings.
Everyone lives in a parish, and has a legal right to be married in their parish church if they are legally free to do so. If you want to check whether you live in the Parish of St Philip’s, Earls Court Road please call us. You may also be married here if you are a regular worshipper at St Philip’s churches and are on the church’s electoral roll.
If you qualify by residence or electoral roll, you need read no further – you have a right to be married at St Philip’s if you are legally free to marry.
You may still get married in a parish church of your choice even if you don’t live in the parish, if you or your fiancé can demonstrate a Qualifying Connection. A person has a Qualifying Connection with a parish if that person:
- Was baptised in the parish. (This does not apply where the baptism formed part of a combined service of baptism or confirmation); or
- Had his or her confirmation entered in a church register book of a church or chapel in the parish; or
- Has at any time had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months; or
- Has at any time habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months;
Or if a parent of that person has at any time during that person’s lifetime:
- Had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months; or
- Habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months;
- Or if a Parent or Grandparent of that person was married in the parish.
If you think you qualify, please call the Parish Office. You will be asked to fill in a form (a copy of which will be sent to you if you wish to do so before coming). You may want to see the parish administrator to talk this through and they will help you with it.
Guidelines can be found on the Church of England website.