Whiston Parish Church
St Mary Magdalene, Whiston; Rotherham

Getting Married at Whiston Parish Church

"Marriage is a gift of God in creation through which husband and wife may know the grace of the Lord. It is given that as man and woman grow together in love and trust, they shall be united with one another in heart, body and mind; as Christ is united with his bride; the Church."

The above passage is taken directly from the wedding service itself and it emphasises the important nature of the commitment that a man and a woman make to each other when they exchange their wedding vows in Church.

The celebration of marriage is a wonderful and very special thing to do. In preparing to be married couples often have many questions to ask about all the arrangements.

Marriage - Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Do I have to live in the Parish of Whiston to be married at its Church?

A. No. If either of you does live in the Parish, then you have an automatic right to be married in the Parish Church; but a few years ago the Church of England also allowed couples to be married in a Church if they can satisfy what are known as 'qualifying connections'. If a couple don't have a qualifying connection then they can still get married at the Church if they go on its electoral role, which means that they need to come to church regularly for six months before their wedding.

Q. How much does it cost?

A. Couples often find that the cost of getting married in Church is far less than they initially thought it would be. First, there are national fees for a wedding service and then some additional costs for getting married at Whiston to cover heating, lighting etc; Finally there is a fee for the organist. At Whiston we also have bell ringers and a choir which add to the overall cost if they are requested.

Q. One of us has been married before; does that stop us getting married in Church?

A. It all depends on what grounds there were for separation and divorce. This is something you will need to speak to the current incumbent about before booking anything.

Q. Is there a website where I can find out more about getting married in Church?

A. Yes, the Church of England has a very good website, with a special section that is all about marriage. The link can be found by clicking here; or via the 'Links' section of this site.

Q. How do I find out more about getting married at Whiston?

A. We have a wedding enquiry evening that is held on the 4th Tuesday of every month, from 5.30pm - 7.30pm. Attendance is by appointment only, with four slots available at 5.30, 6.00; 6.30 and 7.00pm. To book an appointment, or to make a general enquiry about weddings at Whiston Parish Church, please contact the Rectory on Tel: 01709 364430 for further information.


"Marriage is a way of life made holy by God, and blessed by the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ with those celebrating a wedding at Cana in Galilee. Marriage is a sign of unity and loyalty which all should uphold and honour. It enriches society and strengthens community. No one should enter into it lightly or selfishly, but reverently and responsibly in the sight of almighty God."