Banns – are normally called in church on 3 consecutive Sundays in the 3 months leading up to a
wedding, and must be read in any parish that covers the bride or groom or in which they are
getting married, to check there are no legal objections to the wedding. If there is not enough time, then a Common
Licence can be applied for. This usually
takes 7-10 days. Fortunately, Martin
is a ‘Surrogate’ which means he can carry out the application.
Qualifying Connection – some people want to get married in a church in a
parish in which neither of them lives.
Some connections come out of historic links and these are not affected
by Covid19. Other people may be
making a link by attending and then going onto the church’s Electoral
St. Margaret's is a lovely location for weddings and it is an important part of the church's ministry and prayers. To find out whether you or your partner live in the parish of Great Barr, please click here. With regards to available dates, contrary to popular belief, there is no "waiting list" so always give us a call to see if the date you want is available.
This year, the church had "Planning Your Church Wedding" on Sunday 8 March which was an informal in-house session about Banns, music in church, what happens on the wedding day, etc. In addition to Rev'd Martin Rutter and our Associate Minister, Rev'd Tim Ward, there were representatives from our Bellringers and Choir together with our Organist to deal with any questions.
When contacting the Parish Office about getting married at St Margaret's, there are certain questions which need to be asked, so in order to save time and to make sure you have at least some of that information to hand before you or your partner contact the Parish Office, please click here for a copy of the 'Getting Married at St Margaret's - Checklist'
For baptisms and weddings please contact the Parish Office.