Planning your wedding in
The Abbey Church of the Blessed Virgin and Holy Child, Beaulieu
The Legal Position In England & Wales
Please see legal requirements at https://www.gov.uk/marriages-civil-partnerships#content This is recommended reading for anyone considering marriage or civil partnership in England or Wales.
Holding Your Wedding Within The Church Of England
The Church of England has an excellent website, (https://www.yourchurchwedding.org/) with pages of useful information that may answer your initial queries.
How To Arrange Your Wedding In The Benefice Of Beaulieu, Exbury Or East Boldre.
We would love you to have your wedding here. However, there are certain requirements to be satisfied before proceeding further.
Everyone is entitled to be married in their parish church where they currently live, but if you choose a church in another parish you need to have a ‘Qualifying Connection’ to be married there.
Qualifying connections include:
- you have at some time in your life lived within the parish, for a period of at least 6 months; or
- you have regularly attended normal church services in the parish for at least 6 months; or
- your parents live or have lived in the parish, for at least 6 months during your lifetime; or
- your parents have regularly attended normal services in the parish for at least 6 months; or
- your parents or grandparents were married in the same church as you wish to be married in; or
- you were baptised or prepared for confirmation in the church you wish to be married in?
If neither of you is resident nor has a qualifying connection, attending services regularly for at least 6 months within the Benefice of Beaulieu would establish a qualifying connection. We encourage couples to join our worshipping community at least twice a month.
You can find details of all Services via our website.
Banns are normally read on 3 Sundays within 3 months of the wedding in the church in which the wedding is to take place and in the Home Parish of the bride and groom (if that is different). This is in addition to your 6 month qualifying period, therefore if you are attending services in order to form a qualifying connection, you should do so at least 9 months before your wedding date.
Marriage Fees For The Beaulieu Benefice
The cost breakdown for holding your wedding at Beaulieu Abbey Church can be found here:
https://beaulieuchurches.org.uk/information/fees/wedding-fees, please ask the Benefice Office for the fees for St Katharine’s Church, Exbury, or St Paul’s Church, East Boldre.
There is a £100 non-returnable booking fee which is payable at the point of the booking, with the final balance being due two months before your wedding.
The fees are increased in January each year by the Church of England. Fees are payable in accordance with the year you marry.
Will You Marry A Couple Where One Or Both Partners Is A Divorcee?
Further information will be provided once your wedding day is booked in regard to:
Interviews with the priest conducting your wedding:
Orders of Service
Photos in the Cloisters
The use of Confetti within the Benefice
Throughout 2022/2023 we will have Wedding Q&A Sessions in the Abbey Church straight after the 9.30am Sunday Service when you will be able to find answers to all your questions. These are an opportunity for you to meet Father John, the Organist, the Music Director and the Flower Team Leader. You will be contacted when the next event is due.