Getting Married at St Mary of Charity Church
People sometimes think it is more expensive to get married in church. This is not necessarily so! It was possible to get married in church for £496 (in 2016) - the cost of the legal fees plus a verger. Extra costs apply if you want organist, choir, bells, etc.
We want to help people have a service of Christian marriage, in church, if that is what they want, without thinking they have to have to have all of the traditional religious elements, or feeling that they are excluded on the grounds of cost. The ceremony offered is distinctively Christian: secular venues are not able to offer a religious ceremony, and churches cannot offer a secular ceremony. St Mary of Charity is a large church, and opportunities exist for the marriage to be conducted in different parts of the building; larger/smaller, formal/less formal settings, depending on particular wishes.
Marriage in church is usually 'Marriage by Banns' - rather than by licence. At least one of the couple would need to be able to show some personal or family connection with the church. This is best clarified by a discussion with the clergy/Parish Administrator.
If you are interested in booking your wedding at St Mary of Charity church, please email us, or telephone 01795 530553.
If you have a wedding booked at St Mary of Charity in 2020 - or in any of the churches in The Benefice of Faversham - we are currently checking the legal position with The Church of England. Current advice (as at 20 March 2020) is that a wedding should only have five people present - the priest taking the service, the bride and groom and two witnesses. Only the bride and groom should stand within two metres of each other.
If you wish to postpone your service as a result of the Covid-19 shutdowns, you will not lose your deposit and we will do our best to ensure that you are able to arrange a new date which is convenient for all. Please contact us on the link above if you have any concerns and have not yet heard from us.
This is an extremely difficult time for us all, and increases the stress experienced in planning a wedding. We hope to be able to do all we can to make any decisions and changes as smooth as possible in these unprecedented times. You are in our prayers.