Your wedding in church

Anyone who lives in St James's parish may get married at St James's Church or our sister church, St Anne's in Thorburn Square - you don't have to be a regular churchgoer, nor do you have to have been baptised (or Christened).

Just  email us to make a booking or phone the church office on 020 3643 2327.

Wedding FAQS

Why get married anyway? Christians believe that marriage is a special relationship created by God. It involves a public commitment to a lifelong relationship of faithfulness and love between a man and a woman.

This commitment is spelled out in the vows that the couple make to each other in the marriage service. Christians believe that marriage with its commitment to permanence offers the degree of stability and security that we all need in relationships and that our children also need.

What is the difference between marriage and living together?
Marriage is based on a public declaration of lifelong commitment between a man and a woman. With living together there may or may not be a commitment for life and usually the commitment has not been expressed publicly.

Who can get married at St James? For a couple to get married at St James normally one person must either live in St James parish or St Anne's parish or be on the church electoral roll.

In some cases others who have a strong link with the church, but do not live in the parish, are able to marry at St James. Please contact the church office for details

Where one person has been married before and the previous partner is still alive normally a Service of Prayer & Dedication after a Civil Marriage is offered, though in exceptional circumstances a full church wedding may be possible under the latest Church of England guidelines.

How much does a wedding in church cost?
The legal fees for a wedding in the Church of England in 2018 are shown here.

In addition there are a few extras which we can tell you about when you book your wedding, many of them are optional, so it depends on what you want to include on your big day.

They include fees for the verger, organist, heating, & bells.

Planning your wedding in church

What hymns can we have at our wedding? There is a wide choice of possible hymns. We are happy to advise. Here are some of the most popular weddings hymns:

  • All things bright and beautiful
  • Amazing grace
  • At the name of Jesus
  • Colours of the day (Light up the fire)
  • Dear Lord and Father of mankind
  • For the beauty of the earth
  • Give me joy in my heart (Sing hosanna)
  • Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer
  • Immortal Invisible
  • Lead us Heavenly Father
  • Lord for the years
  • Lord of all hopefulness
  • Lord of the dance
  • Lord the light of your love is shining (Shine, Jesus, shine)
  • Love Divine all love excelling
  • Make me a channel of your peace
  • Morning has broken
  • My song is love unknown
  • Now thank we all our God
  • O Jesus I have promised
  • O Lord my God (How great thou art)
  • O Worship the King
  • Praise, my soul
  • Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
  • Tell out my soul the greatness of the Lord
  • The King of love my Shepherd is
  • The Lord's my Shepherd
For further information about planning your wedding, we recommend the official Church of England wedding planner.

You can see the words of the Marriage Service here and view the Service of Prayer and Dedication after a Civil Marriage here