St James' Church West End Come and see for yourself


A wedding is one of life’s great moments when two people declare their love and commitment to each other by making vows, giving and receiving rings and signing the registers. This all in front of family, friends, in a beautiful building and in the presence of God!

Wedding Procedure

If we have established a qualifying connection and you wish to book a wedding at St James’ we will arrange an initial meeting to fill in a marriage application form and confirm a date. We will ask you to pay a £40 non-refundable deposit which will count towards the total cost of the wedding. We will also ask you to bring other documents such as passports and utility bills for proof of address etc.

Marriage Preparation

We run a marriage preparation course in the church hall (next to the church). This course will cover all the practical details you will need to know such as flowers, Banns of Marriage and orders of service and also encourage you to think together about your future marriage and take a closer look at the marriage service. We invite all couples to attend this course and it is usually very well received, informative and fun (so we’ve been told

For further enquires contact:

Revd Linda Galvin, Associate Priest 07934 419302
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Can I get married at St James’?

You need to have a qualifying connection in order to marry at St James’. You have a qualifying connection if:

One of you:

  • has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least six months
  • or was baptised/Christened in the parish
  • 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 six months

Or one of your parents, at any time after you were born:

  • has lived in the parish for a period of at least six months
  • or has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least six months

Or that one of your parents or grandparents was married in the parish.

And did you know that if you move house, you’re immediately connected to the church there? That means you can marry in the church of your new parish.

If you are not sure or want to enquire please get in touch and we will try and help you.


Wedding fees for 2021

Basic Wedding Fee   £782

This is the minimum cost for a wedding at St James’, made up of the legal fees, fees for services, and contributions towards having St James’ as your wedding venue.

  • Marriage Service (legal Diocese and PCC fees): £464
  • Banns of Marriage: £31      
    If either of you live outside of West End Parish, you will also need to arrange for your Banns to be read in the parish church in which you live. The fee for this is £46 payable to your local church.
  • Marriage Certificate: You now apply for this from the Registrar’s Office
  • St James’ Wedding Bundle: £287
    This covers the costs of an organist; our organ fund fee; flowers (a mixture of pedestals and swags with colours of your choice); a verger (who will open the church, set up, ring the bell, assist and  tidy up) and heating if needed.
Optional Extra Wedding costs

On top of the Basic Wedding fee, there are a couple of optional extra costs you may choose to have:

  • Flowers at end of pews: £50
  • Video licence: £117 which includes the recording of organ music and licence fee. Please note St James’ Church does not provide a videographer.

You will need to provide your own photographer but there is no licence fee required.

There is no church choir available to sing but you are welcome to book an outside choir.

Blessing of a Marriage

Please contact us to discuss fees for the Blessing of a Marriage at or or phone Revd Linda at 07934 419302.

Methods of Payment

You are welcome to pay by cash, cheque or online banking. Payments can also be made in instalments. Cheques are payable to St James PCC Fees Account.

Account information for payment by Online Banking is available on request from Revd Linda Galvin Please could the outstanding balance be paid in full no later than one month before your wedding date. Thank you.