Cotham Parish Church

Serving the parish of St Saviour with St Mary, Cotham in Bristol

Weddings/Banns

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If you wish to book a wedding, or wish to have your banns of marriage called, first contact the Highbury Churches Partnership office (see under contact us). Banns can be arranged through the office. If you wish to book a wedding at the church, you will need to fix up an appropriate time to meet one of the clergy to arrange this.

To be married in Cotham Parish Church, at least one of you either needs to live within the parish or be on the church’s electoral roll—which is a list of regular worshippers at the church.

Church hall laid out for tea and cake after wedding

Church hall laid out for tea and cake after wedding

Alternatively, you can be married in Cotham Parish Church if you can show:-

that one of you:

—has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months, or
—was baptised in the parish concerned, or
—was prepared for confirmation in the parish, or
—has at any time regularly gone to normal church 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 normal 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.

In special cases it may also be possible to marry by Archbishop of Canterbury’s Special Licence if you neither live in the parish nor are on the electoral roll. However, this option should be explored with plenty of notice as the licence is only granted in cases where there is an overriding pastoral reason for doing so, and its issue is strictly at the discretion of the Archbishop and so not “automatic”. More details about Archbishop’s Special Licences can be found on the Faculty Office Website.

If you are interested in getting married at Cotham, it is very important that you contact a member of the clergy before making any other plans, especially before arranging or booking a wedding reception. Sometimes circumstances may be in place which rule out the possibility of a marriage taking place at a certain time/date, or indeed it may not be possible legally to marry you at this particular church, especially if neither of you is resident within the parish. So the golden rule is: contact us first.