St Mary's is an Anglican Church (belonging to The Church of England) and is therefore licensed for weddings. We are delighted to help you make arrangements to celebrate your special day with a church wedding.
"Can I be married at St Mary's Church, Ferndown?"
If you are resident in the Parish of Ferndown and/or are regular worshippers at St Mary's then you are automatically eligible to apply to be married here. However, if you are resident outside of Ferndown and do not attend St Mary's then you may still be able to apply if you fulfil any of the following qualifying connections:
You have a qualifying connection with Ferndown parish if either of you:
- was baptized in the parish
- was confirmed in the parish
- has at any time had your usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months
- has at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months
Or if either of your parents, during your lifetime,
- had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months
- regularlyattended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months.
Or if either of your parents or grandparents were married in the parish.
If you do not have any of these connections but would still like to be married at St Mary's
then please contact Tracey Nicholls on 01202 802984 and we will do all we can to assist you.
"What if I am divorced and/or have children from a previous relationship?"
All marriage applications are considered on an individual basis. A member of our clergy team will be in touch to talk with you.
"What if one of us is a foreign national?"
If you are from outside the European Economic Area, having a Church of England wedding will involve some different paperwork and there will be a number of things the Vicar will want to talk to you about.
Please click here for more information
"Where can I find more information about church weddings?
There is a lot of useful information on the Church Of England Weddings website - http://www.yourchurchwedding.org/
"I am getting married in another church but I live in the Parish of St Mary's Church, Ferndown.
How do I arrange for my banns to be read?"
If either of you live in Ferndown Parish but are getting married at a different church you are required by law to have your banns read in both churches (unless you are being married by licence). If you are not sure which parish you come under click here to access the "A Church Near You" website - simply type in your postcode and it will tell you your parish of residence.
To arrange for your banns to be read click here to download a banns application form.
Please complete this and return it with a cheque made payable to "PCC Ferndown" for £40 to St Mary's Church Office, Church Rd, Ferndown. BH22 9EU
We will then be in touch to let you know when your banns will be read, this will happen over the course of three Sundays. Afterwards, provided that no impediment has been alleged, we will provide you with a banns certificate which you should then give to the minister taking your wedding.
I would like some more information abut weddings at St Mary's
For more information about weddings at St Mary's and the Church of England Marriage Service click here to download a copy of our "Wedding Information Booklet"
I would like some more information abut weddings at All Saints Hampreston & Stapehill
For information about weddings at All Saints and the Church of England Marriage Service click here to download a copy of their "Wedding Information Booklet"
How do I apply to be married at St Mary's or All Saints Hampreston & Stapehill?
If you would like to apply to be married at either St Mary's or All Saints Hampreston & Stapehill, please contact Tracey on 01202 897087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the date you have in mind. We will then be able to make a provisional booking for you.
Once your provisional booking has been made please complete a Marriage Application Form.
Before you complete the form please read our Marriage Application Guidance notes.
Complete the front side of the form and return it to:
St Mary's Church Office
Do you provide marriage preparation?
Yes, we hold a Marriage Preparation Day every year, normally on the 2nd Saturday of February. If you are booked to be married at St Mary's or All Saints we will ask you to make every effort to attend this Marriage Preparation Day. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow wedding couples to share ideas and to enjoy some fabulous food and drink whilst our clergy help you to prepare not only for your wedding but also for married life together. All our previous wedding couples found the day helpful and enjoyable.
I have more questions - help!
Don't worry! We will do all we can to help. If you have any queries please contact Tracey Nicholls on 01202 897087
or click here to e-mail your enquiry