Congratulations! You’re welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are christened and whether or not you regularly go to church. Lots of general information can be found at yourchurchwedding.org
St Peter’s is a beautiful and traditional village church. This makes it very popular for weddings, sometimes being booked 3 years in advance. More information about getting married here is available in our Wedding Information Sheet. You can pick up a printed copy at any service or by phoning the Vicarage (455 4682) to discuss an application.
To be married here if you live outside the parish (to find out which parish you live in please visit achurchnearyou and enter your postcode), you must have a particular connection or be part of our worshipping community. You will be warmly welcome at any of our services if you choose to join the community, and it will make St Peter’s an extra special part of your day.
Do we need Banns reading?
Banns are an announcement in church of your intention to marry and a chance for anyone to put forward a reason why the marriage may not lawfully take place. Banns need to be read in the parish where each of you lives as well as the parish church in which you are to be married, if that is somewhere else. You must have your banns read out in church for three Sundays during the three months before the wedding. This is often done over three consecutive Sundays but does not have to be.
At St Peter’s we are delighted to help you celebrate your wedding, but we care also about your marriage. Much of your planning will be about the wedding itself, but we will invite you to our three session course ‘Faith, Hope & Love’ to give you the opportunity to spend some time together with others thinking about your relationship and your goals. Feedback from couples who have taken this opportunity is that has been really helpful to them, and made the wedding much more special. Invitations will come out ready for the beginning of the year in which you will be married.
We know you want it to be a perfect day – but that doesn’t mean you have to go far to find all you need. We believe in shopping local, so here’s a list of people we’d love to encourage you to explore:
Cakes (and bridal showers) The Cake Place, Harton Village
Flowers (and decorations) Alison Jane’s Florist, Harton Village
Dresses (and bridesmaid dresses) Caroline Joyce Couture Gowns, Westoe Village
Decorations (and more) Centrepiece, Harton Village
Cars – vintage, classic, quirky Campbells Wedding Cars, South Shields