If you are just starting to think about a church wedding at St Thomas’ we want you to know that we’re with you every step of the way!
Marrying in church is personal, meaningful, spiritual and beautiful, just as you want it to be. We’re committed to working with you to make your special day a unique and memorable occasion, a service filled with love, faith and beauty.
Our commitment to you begins from your very first call to us. We suggest you contact us sooner rather than later as there are some important initial legal and practical checks that need to be made like eligibility to marry (the law says that not everyone is allowed to marry at St Thomas’) and church availability.
To make your service even more special we strongly recommend you worship with us on a Sunday, not just when your banns are being read but as often as you are able. This will help you feel more comfortable in the church space, it will help aid your understanding of the words you will say to one another and it will help build a great relationship between you and the minister who will take your service.
We care …. Before the day
Our prayer is that marriage is life-giving and live-long and so to give you the very best possible start we’ll invite you, together with other couples getting marriage around the same time as yourself, to a free pre-marriage seminar day and workshop. Packed with loads of practical ideas and exercises to help your relationship grow as well as invaluable advice about the day itself ‘marriage matter’ is guaranteed to give you food for thought and practical tools to help grow and sustain your relationship.
Our marriage matters preparation day isn’t ‘churchy’ or ‘preachy’ … Here are some comments made from recent couples who’ve participated ….
“What a wonderful day”
“Helped us to think through stuff we’d not considered before”
“Thought I was going to hate the day but came away thinking it was great. Thoroughly recommend it”
We care …. On the day
On the day the St Thomas’ team will be on hand to help in every way to make your day go as smoothly as possible. We can provide everything from bells to bouquets! Pedestals to priests! Coffee to canapés!
Why not ask about the possibility of using St Thomas’ as a pre or post wedding reception venue? We’re fully licenced and offer a full caterering service so whether you want to service coffee and biscuits before the service or prosecco and cake over photographs in our beautiful grounds following it or, indeed, if you’d like to have your whole day with us then do just ask for details.
We care …. After the day
A wedding lasts for just one day but a marriage lasts a lifetime. Unlike other wedding venues we’re committed to ‘after service’ service! You’re always welcome to get in touch should your relationship fall into difficulty in the future for free and confidential help and non-judgemental support and advice. Stay in contact with us and we’ll also invite you to attend occasionally marriage enrichment training to help strengthen and grow your relationship.
For more help and advice ….
You may find the Church of England’s wedding planning website another really helpful tool in enabling you to make smooth and efficient arrangements ensuring you ‘perfect day’ is perfect! Click here to discover all you need to know about Church of England weddings and blessings.