Getting Married in St Leonard's Church

A wedding is one of life's great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. It is an occasion which many couples wish to celebrate in a holy place and St Leonard's Church has been such a place for people over the centuries. Marriage here is begun in the Christian tradition with a marriage service of prayers and promises, declared and celebrated in the presence of God and before family and friends.

Preparing for your wedding

As with all your planning, come and see us in good time. Each Monday evening from 6.00pm to 7.00pm there is a member of the clergy in the church vestry. This is a drop-in session so there is no need to make an appointment. Just turn up. Tim will be very pleased to see you, take details and talk to you about:

  • Eligibility
  • Dates and times
  • Type of service
  • Reading of banns

It is customary for couples living in the parish and wanting a church wedding to get married here. Couples not living in the parish sometimes want to know if it is possible to get married at St Leonard's. Often they have family connections which makes them want to celebrate here. It is indeed possible and Tim can explain how. Please contact the Parish Office on 0115 9289963.

Looking forward to marriage

A happy marriage does not just happen - it takes a lot of hard work. We see it as a privilege to help couples to work towards making their marriage a happy one.

Every year we invite all those getting married at St Leonard's to look forward to their marriage. In a relaxed, friendly atmosphere we enable couples to talk with each other and other couples, to share ideas and expectations, hopes and fears for the future. At the end of the day we spend a little time in church, helping everyone to feel at home in the building and with the service.

This day is appropriate to all couples, whether previously married, living together or not. The further along the path you are, the more there is to discover.

'Looking Forward to Marriage' is usually on a Saturday 10.00am-4.00pm or possibly two or three weekday evenings. Several months before the wedding you will receive an invitation. We hope you will be able to accept and look forward to spending the day with you.

Coming to Church

Some couples like to come to church during the months before their wedding, so that they feel more of a part of the church. We should be very pleased to see you and make you welcome. Parish Communion is on Sunday at 10.00am and on the third Sunday of the month we have a New Horizons All Age Service. See the link in the left panel above.

Some people may want to find out more about the Christian faith before they are married. Ask about our 'Exploring Faith' Course, which gives an opportunity to find out more without committing yourself to being confirmed.