You're very welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptized and whether or not you go to church, and the people of Stamford All Saints would be delighted to welcome you here for your wedding.
Marriage is important and it has some very serious legal implications, so we have to ensure that everything is correct before we can make the arrangements. Please read this page carefully if you are interested in being married at All Saints' church.
If one of you lives in the parish of All Saints with St John, or normally worships at All Saints' church, or if one of you has a "qualifying connection" with the church or parish, such as having lived here in the past or having been baptized here, then you have a right to be married at All Saints'. If one of you has been married before and their former spouse is still alive then it will be necessary to make a few simple enquiries to determine whether marriage in church would be appropriate or whether a service of Prayer and Dedication following a civil marriage would be more suitable in your circumstances. Full details on who can marry in which church can be found on the Church of England marriage website yourchurchwedding.org. If you are in doubt about whether you live, or have lived, in the parish, please consult the Parish Finder.
If neither of you now lives in (or is on the Church Electoral Roll of) this parish then it will be necessary to establish what your qualifying connection is. In order to do this, please download the second form at the bottom right of this page and work carefully through it. Please note that the Vicar does not have discretion to allow other types of connection to qualify, but if anything needs clarification, please ask. If one of you does live here or is on the Roll of this Church then you do not need to use this form. If one of you is not a EU citizen, then other legal checks will be necessary: please consult the Vicar in this case.
Please contact the Vicar if you are planning to marry here: the sooner you complete your application, the more likely you are to get the date and time you would like. You can download notes and an application form here, but please do not submit your application until you have spoken to the clergy and arranged a definite date and time. (Applications can only be submitted in person or by post, not on line.)
We look forward to planning your special day with you! You can call the Vicarage on 756942 for routine enquiries about weddings, between 9.30am and 4.30pm most weekdays: the best time to catch us is Monday or Thursday morning most weeks. If there is no answer please leave a message and we shall call you back. Please note that occasional trips on diocesan business, training courses and holidays may mean that a response may take more than a day.
We recommend avoiding Friday weddings at All Saints' because the street market means that there is more traffic and far fewer car parking spaces, so it can be difficult for your guests and even for the bridal car.
Marrying in another church?
If you live in our parish but are getting married in another Church of England parish church, then you will normally have to have your Banns of Marriage published in All Saints' church and obtain a certificate to inform your officiating priest that no objection has been raised. After a change in the law last year, we can no longer do this simply by post and you will have to arrange to bring a proof of identity and residence and visit us in person. You can download the form here and bring it by appointment to All Saints' Vicarage, Casterton Road, Stamford PE9 2YL with cash or cheque (payable to All Saints Church) for the statutory fees of £41. We shall publish your Banns on the first three Sundays of the month before your wedding and send you the certificate.