An early enquiry about a wedding enables us to sort out the legal requirements, which will differ from couple to couple. We try to be as accommodating as possible. There are, however, some clear legal restrictions.
You are able to marry at the University Church if one of you:
- was baptised in the parish or
- was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
- has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
- has at any time regularly gone to Church of England 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 Church of England 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 (this means St Mary’s, not a college chapel)
Sometimes members of the University who do not fall into these categories can be married by Special Licence. Those who fall into any of the above categories and have a spouse still living from a former marriage are also welcome to discuss their plans with the Revd Dr William Lamb, the Vicar of St Mary’s. Foreign nationals and UK subjects living abroad who have connections to St Mary’s are also welcome to contact the Church Office. To set up a meeting, call 01865 279110 or email Sarah Ockwell, our Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are in any doubt about whether you qualify, please ask. If you do not qualify to be married at St Mary’s, then it may be possible for you to be married in a civil ceremony and to have a service of dedication at the University Church.