Ketton and Tinwell Benefice

St Mary's Church, Ketton and
All Saints' Church, Tinwell

To book a wedding during the interregnum

Currently the parish is in interregnum, without a parish priest, and Julia, the pastoral assistant, is the first point of contact for all bookings. If you would like to book a wedding please contact Julia

on email:  Julia Freeman (juliafreeman@tiscali.co.uk)
or phone:  01780 720869

Julia will take your details and make the initial booking. You will both need to bring proof of identity (the use of your current name), and proof of current address to that first meeting. This is usually a current passport and  driving licence.

If you have been married before, please make that clear before the meeting. You will need to bring a copy of the decree absolute with you. Julia will also arrange an interview with a member of the clergy to have a brief conversation about your previous marriage.

To find out more about weddings in the Church of England please click on this link.

https://www.yourchurchwedding.org/

Please see the qualifications for marrying in a particular church below.

To find your local church, go to  https://www.achurchnearyou.com/

You can marry in a Church of England church if you can show that one of you:

  • has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months, or
  • was baptised (christened) in the parish concerned, or
  • is confirmed and your confirmation was entered in the register of confirmations for a church or chapel in the parish (this will usually be the case if you were prepared for confirmation in the parish), or
  • has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months

or

That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:

  • has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months, or
  • has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months

or

That one of your parents or grandparents:

  • was married in the parish

And did you know that if you move house, you’re immediately connected to the church there? That means you can marry in the church of your new parish.

In all cases the words ‘church services’ – i.e. regular church services, baptism, confirmation or marriage –applies to Church of England services.

If you cannot demonstrate any of the above connections, you could create one, simply by attending your chosen church’s usual services at least once a month for six consecutive months. If you decide to do this, leave enough time after your attendance for the banns to be read before your wedding too – about another two months should be enough.