If you are reading this page as you are hoping to marry at St Mary’s, warmest congratulations and we would love to support you in this wonderful opportunity.
It may be you are marrying in another parish church and need your banns reading at St Mary’s. Antonia Wainman will organise that for you and you can contact her on tel: 020 39034734 or email: [email protected]. Antonia works in the Parish Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Marrying in church is as personal, meaningful and spiritual as you want it to be. Churches are special and unique places to get married in – the prayers, promises and the whole service of celebration become part of your marriage, on the day itself and beyond. Getting married is probably the biggest commitment people ever make in their lives and it is wonderful to seek God’s blessing as you start a new phase in your relationship, dedicating yourself to one another in the presence of your friends and family.
The parish helps couples prepare for marriage by offering a course to give space and supported reflecting on how your relationship is evolving, what our understandings of marriage are and looking at what is in the church marriage service. The course is run by one of the clergy team.
Both St. Mary’s and All Saints’ Churches are available for weddings.
All Saints’ Church has a more traditional interior, beautiful Burne-Jones and William Morris stain glass windows and is situated on the edge of Putney Common. St. Mary’s has a more modern, in the round interior and is situated on the bustling high street.
St Mary’s also provides the option of holding your wedding reception on site, in the modern Lancaster Room in the Brewer Building attached to the church, with its roof terrace over-looking the Thames and river-side garden for photographs.
You can marry at St Mary’s or All Saints’ if 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 of Putney, or
- is confirmed and your confirmation was prepared for in the Parish of Putney, or
- has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the Parish of Putney for a period of at least 6 months
That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
- has lived in the Parish of Putney for a period of at least 6 months, or
- has regularly gone to normal church services in the Parish of Putney for a period of at least 6 months
That one of your parents or grandparents:
- was married in the Parish of Putney
If you don’t have any of the above connections, you could create one, simply by attending St Mary’s or All Saints’ services at least once a month for six consecutive months at least eight months before the date of your marriage.
If you are interested in booking a wedding, as a first step for St Mary’s Church please contact Antonia Wainman: [email protected]; and for All Saints’ Church please email Lottie Clarke on: [email protected]
You can find more information about weddings in the Church of England at www.yourchurchwedding.org