Can anyone get married in St Mary’s

Anyone who lives within the parish of Gainford has a legal right to be married in their respective church.  You can also get married at St. Marys if you have lived in the parish at some point in your life, or if you were baptised in the church.

You can also get married here if your parents have lived in the village since you were born or if either your parents or grandparents were married here.

Although same-sex marriage legislation has changed, it remains the case that it is not legally possible for same-sex couples to marry in the Church of England. However, our churches offer friendship, prayers and support and all are welcome here.

But none of these criteria include me.  Can I still get married in St Mary’s?

Yes is the short answer.  It is possible to get married in the church if you are willing to go on our electoral roll (church membership list).  In order to do so, you have to have been a regular worshipper for at least six months.

We will be happy to talk with you about the best way to fulfil this requirement in a way that makes most sense for you.




Within our Parish church and our community, it is a privilege to be involved in your wedding day and we will do everything we can to help you to have the best start to your married life.


What kind of wedding can I expect to have at St Mary’s church?

We have a beautiful church with a fine organ and a peal of six bells.  We can also arrange an organist and bell ringers.

If you’d like to find out more about the history of our fantastic church please look at our history page to better understand the building.

How do I book my wedding?

If you’re interested in getting married at St Mary’s contact Reverend Eileen Harrop (select Pastoral Enquiry for a direct enquiry to the Reverend) to find out if the church is available on your chosen date.

We need to ensure access for all of our wedding guests, is this possible?

We have a movable ramp for disabled access and an accessible toilet on-site.  Just let us know in advance what the requirements of your wedding party will be.


I have been divorced.  Can I get still get married in St Mary’s?

We may be able to conduct weddings for couples where one or both have been previously married.

How much does it cost to get married in St Mary’s?

Please make an event enquiry and we will talk you through any costs that are involved.

Are there any useful websites to which we can refer?
The Weddings | The Church of England has lots of information about getting married in church including music and readings that you may like to consider for your own wedding service.