Reading of Marriage Banns
If you wish to have a wedding within a parish of the Church of England, then it is likely that you will need to have your Marriage Banns read.
What Are Banns?
Before your wedding, your plans to marry will be announced in church during the main Sunday service. It’s an ancient practice which allows others to object to a marriage on legal grounds.
Where Will My Banns Be Read?
Your Banns must be read out before your wedding in the parish where you live and also in the parish where you’re getting married, if that’s somewhere else. Banns must be read in both if you and your partner live in different parishes.
Why Are Banns Important?
Banns are a vital part of the legal side of marriage, and the correct procedure must be followed.
When Will You Read Our Banns?
Banns are read on three Sundays during the three months before your wedding. This happens during the Notices in our main Sunday service at 10:30 am. If you’d like to come along, we can provide dates for reading your Banns.
Do We Need to Hear Our Banns Being Read?
No, although many couples – and their families – like to come and hear their Banns read.
How Do I Know Which Parish I live in?
Enter your postcode on the A Church Near You site to find out which Parish you live in.
Is There A Fee For Having Our Banns Read?
How Do I Arrange For My Banns To Be Read?
If you live in the parish and you’re getting married in a church elsewhere, you’ll need to let us know so we can read your Banns. Please use the contact form below to request or ask about having your Banns read at St Anne and All Saints Church.