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.
There is no limit but we often book weddings more than 12 months before they take place to ensure that your preferred time and date is reserved for you. As soon as you have discussed your wedding date and plans with the Team Administrator you need to complete a wedding order form to start the process – forms are available in the church or can be downloaded here.
Please follow the instructions on the form and scan/photo the form and email or post to our Treasurer with your deposit (or fee for banns only). 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. If you would like the church bells to be rung at your wedding please contact the Bell Captain who will be pleased to explain the various options and book the bell ringers. 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 and identity has to be evidenced. A detailed form will need to be completed to provide this information in addition to your wedding order form. 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).
The current year fees for the wedding service and certificate are provided here.
An element of the fees 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 services which are held every Sunday at 11.00am. Why not come and enjoy the Church and its wonderful setting.
Marriage Fees 2021
The costs for the wedding service with all legal fees and certificates are as follows:
Statutory fees for wedding in church
|Publication of banns||£31|
|Certified copy of entry in marriage register||£11|
Note: For a wedding in another parish - publication of banns and issue of banns certificate £46
Service of Prayer and Dedication in church after a Registry Office marriage £464
|Heating (Oct-April only)||£63|
|Organist (no choir)||£115|
|Organist (with choir)||£125|
|Choir (if available)||£175|
|Bells (after service only)||£135|
|Bells (before and after service)||£195|