Wedding Enquiry

Wedding Enquiry Form

We are so glad that you are thinking about getting married in church! Please fill out the enquiry form below as accurately as you can, and someone will be in touch with you to get the ball rolling. By submitting information via this form, you are agreeing to our Data Protection Policy.

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Contact Details

Please provide us with the contact details of the person in charge of making the arrangements for the service at church...

What date do you hope to get married?

We can't guarantee a date for your wedding at this stage, so please provide three options (in order of preference) so that we have the best chance of fitting you in!

What time do you hope the service to be?

We can't guarantee a time for your wedding at this stage, so please provide three options (in order of preference) so that we have the best chance of fitting you in! Please note that you can only get married between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm. As a marriage service typically takes an hour, the last time in the day you can request is 5:00pm

St. Michael's Lower Machen and St. Michael's Michaelston-y-Fedw have a ring of bells, whereas St. James' Rudry has 3 chiming bells and St. John's Machen has a tolling bell.

Eligibility

The law requires that, to be married in the Church in Wales, at least one of the couple must either (a) live in the parish, or (b) have a qualifying connection to the parish, or (c) be a regular worshipper in the parish church and entered on the church's electoral roll. A qualifying connection, as described in the Marriage (Wales) Act 2010, is (a) that you were baptised or confirmed in the parish, (b) that you or a parent formally lived for at least six months in the parish, (c) that you or a parent formerly habitually attended worship in the parish for at least six months, or (d) that a parent or grandparent had been married in the parish.

Because one or both of you live outside the parish where you want to get married, you will need to have "banns" called in the parish church where you live and present us with a certificate of banns (supplied by the vicar in that parish) before your wedding date, usually at the wedding rehearsal. Banns are a series of three public announcements of your intention to marry given during a main Sunday service in the parish church where you live. It gives people the opportunity to let us know if you're not legally allowed to get married, but also allows people to congratulate you and pray for you before the big day! This is required by law. Please give us details of you first name(s) and which parish you live in. If you're not sure of the parish, just give the first line of address and post code. e.g John, CF83 3JQ, Jane, CF3 6XS

The marriage of non-British nationals who are normally resident in the parish should not be a problem; however, some foreign nationals will need to have a special license rather than their banns called, and this information helps us to ensure that your marriage will be legally valid. Please give the first name(s) followed by the citizenship.

About the Groom

This information is required for the marriage registers. Please fill this section in accurately. Giving false or inaccurate information is an offence.

This is not your current age, but the age you will be on the day.

As you have been in a state recognised relationship before, you will need to talk through a few things with the vicar before the wedding can take place. This is generally nothing to worry about, but will require you to be open and honest, and to provide evidence of the fact that your previous relationship has been dissolved.

Please give the full address including the post code.

The law requires us to list your legal father's name (if known) on the register entries. Unfortunately, we cannot list stepfathers.

If your father is retired or deceased, please list his former occupation.

About the Bride

This information is required for the marriage registers. Please fill this section in accurately. Giving false or inaccurate information is an offence.

This is not your current age, but the age you will be on the day.

As you have been in a state recognised relationship before, you will need to talk through a few things with the vicar before the wedding can take place. This is nothing to worry about, but will require you to be open and honest, and to provide evidence of the fact that your previous relationship has been dissolved.

Please give the full address including the post code.

The law requires us to list your legal father's name (if known) on the register entries. Unfortunately, we cannot list stepfathers.

If your father is retired or deceased, please list his former occupation.

Consents, Communications and Data Protection

Please read this section carefully and answer the following sections.

We will never share your personal information with third parties. We will only use your first names and we will only share a photograph of you both if you give us permission on the day.

Consent for this form to be filled in and submitted must be given by both partners.

We conduct marriage preparation with you to ensure you have the best start in your married life together and as part of a legal obligation to ensure that the marriage is genuine. We need your consent that you are happy to go through marriage preparation. We aim to make it informal, relaxed, fun and informative. We cannot go through with the marriage unless you consent.

When you submit this form, you understand, acknowledge and consent to the following: 1. That your data will be held in accordance with our Data Protection Policy , 2. That we will communicate with you from time to time using the information you have given and that this will continue after your wedding day until you notify us that you no longer wish to receive these communications and that 3. Your record of marriage will be held in the church registers forever in a secure safe. These records will not be publicly available for browsing to ensure your data is secure safe.

It is critically important that you provide accurate information to the best of your knowledge. Submitting this form does not mean that information cannot be changed if it comes to light that you have made a mistake, however knowingly submitting false information is a criminal offence.