The Church of St Gregory the Great, Morville is a wonderful place to start your married life and we would love to be part of your special day. Lots of information on getting married at Morville church is shown below. If you would like to find out more and/or book a date for your wedding please contact our Team Administrator (see Contact Us page) who will be pleased to help. If you have decided to proceed with a wedding at Morville Church a deposit of £100 is payable to reserve the date.
Weddings are conducted by a vicar from the Bridgnorth Team Ministry.
You need to book as soon as you have decided when you would like to be married. The earlier this is done the more likely the date and time you would like is available. Please speak to our Administrator as soon as possible to discuss your proposed date for the service and if you would like bells, an organist or choir.
Please be aware that a deposit of £100 must be paid before the booking can be confirmed by entry on the church calendar. An invoice will be issued for the balance of the fees with payment due 30 days prior to the wedding date.
Charges are shown on the fees list at the foot of this web page.
We will require full personal details of the bride and groom including evidence of identity and nationality. A detailed form will need to be completed to provide this information. It is preferable to complete this form as soon as possible so that any issues with the marriage can be identified early (for example banns to be called in another church). At your wedding you will complete and sign a Marriage Document which we will send to the Local Registry Office after the wedding. Once the Document has been registered you will be able to obtain your marriage certificate from the Registrar.
There are statutory fees for the wedding service and publication of banns. In addition to the service you may like to have the church bells rung before or after the service (or both), an organist or an organist and choir. If it is a winter wedding there will be a charge for heating. The fees for the current year are listed below.
The church wedding fee is set nationally and an element is remitted to Hereford Diocese.
Banns are legally required in most cases and are a public announcement that you are going to get married. They are read out at the main Sunday Service in church for the first three weeks of the month, two months before your wedding.
Banns are announcements in church of your intention to marry and a chance for anyone to put forward a reason why the marriage may not lawfully take place. On these occasions, everyone in your church will also be praying for you. It can be very special and moving, so come along if you can.
If one of you lives somewhere else you must have your banns read there as well as at Morville. Your local vicar will give you a certificate to show that this has been done. You will need to contact the vicar to arrange for this to happen. The vicar marrying you must have the Banns Certificate before the wedding day. Otherwise the service cannot proceed.
Everyone has a legal right to be married in their own Parish Church (in our case this includes residents of any of the Bridgnorth Team Ministry parishes). Where one of you has a connection with a particular church, a marriage can take place there without any further fees or procedures. To get married in a parish (or benefice) where neither of you live or have a connection you must have permission from the Archbishop of Canterbury. A Special Licence is required and an additional fee is payable.
It still may be possible to marry in church. You will need to complete a “Marriage in Church After Divorce” form and discuss this with your vicar. If it is not possible to marry in church, we can still offer a Service of Prayer and Dedication in church after a Registry Office marriage.
From our point of view this presents no problems. However one or two things are worth mentioning. First of all do make sure that the Catholic part of your family has no objection to you marrying in an Anglican church. If you wish the Roman Catholic Church to recognise your marriage you will need to speak to the Roman Catholic priest.
The wedding is just one day – the marriage is for a lifetime. To help you prepare for this you will be invited to a marriage preparation day a few months before your wedding day. You will also have a meeting with the vicar who will outline your choices of ceremony and the material you can choose to make your ceremony special to you. There are hymns, readings and prayers to choose - we can help you with these. We can provide you with resources to make your choices but there are also some excellent materials available on the web. You will find some useful information at www.yourchurchwedding.org
Please check with the vicar your plans for photos and flower arrangements inside the church.
Having finalised all the details of your wedding with the vicar there will also be a rehearsal in church before the wedding itself.
Your vicar will do all he or she can to make the day a personal, meaningful and spiritual experience for you and your guests.
St Gregory the Great, Morville is a beautiful church set in a picturesque countryside location opposite Morville Hall, a National Trust property. It is easy to find as the driveway to the Hall also serves the church. It is in the centre of the village on the A458 opposite the Acton Arms public house. The church dates back to 1118 when it was a priory and has a number of interesting features such as Norman arches and a medieval font.
The church will seat 160 in the pews although it can accommodate more if the choir stalls are used. Some additional seating is also available. There is a car park at the church and additional grass parking is available next to the church subject to prior notice.
If you are not familiar with the church please drop in any time as the church is normally open every day between 9.00am and 4.30pm. Everyone is very welcome to our Sunday services which are held on 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 11.15am. Why not come and enjoy the Church and its wonderful setting. See our Facebook page for latest news.
Marriage Fees 2022
The costs for the wedding service with all legal fees and certificates are as follows:
Fees for a wedding in church
|Publication of banns||£32|
Note: For a wedding in another parish - publication of banns and issue of banns
Service of Prayer and Dedication in church after a Registry Office marriage £480
Other Fees and Charges
|Heating (Oct-April only)||£65|
|Organist (no choir)||£120|
|Organist (with choir)||£130|
|Choir (if available)||£175|
|Bells (after service only)||£180|
|Bells (before and after service)||£240|