Weddings and Calling of Banns of Marriage

Your Wedding at St Swithun's Church

A warm welcome awaits you at St Swithun's for your Wedding, or for the calling of your Banns of Marriage if your wedding is at another church.

We also offer a Service of Blessing if you have had a Civil Wedding.

The Calling of Banns of Marriage

If you are to be married in another church but live in the ecclesiastical parish of East Grinstead St Swithun you will need to have Banns called both in the parish where you are to be married and here where you live. This historical legal preliminary to marriage is also a chance to be welcomed at St Swithun's Church. Your names will be read out on three consecutive Sundays approximately two months before the date of your wedding ceremony. A Certificate of Banns will be issued and you must take it to the Vicar who is conducting your marriage ceremony. There is a statutory fee of £51 for this and you will need to provide a Passport and Proof of Address for both of you. 

Please complete the form below if you need us to call your Banns at St Swithun's and we will come back to you to arrange a meeting.


Why choose St Swithun's?

As well as our beautiful church venue set in a very pretty churchyard, St Swithun's can provide you with a professional organist, a traditional choir, bellringing and flower arranging as additional options for your day. If you would like to talk about any of these options, please contact the Parish Office on 01342 325026 or

The Church of England website is full of useful information about planning your church wedding . It takes you through every detail right from your engagement to sending 'thank yous' after the event! You might want to browse this information before contacting us, and it's a really useful resource to refer to every step of the way. Everything you need to know such as legal information, choice or reading or music and the costs involved is all there.

Once you have decided on the options you would like for your wedding, please complete this Wedding Options form and the Church of England Ceremony Planner (downloadable pdf that you can save then edit and send to us) so that we can make all the arrangments for you.

How to make a booking

If you would like to book a date for your wedding, blessing or calling of banns, please complete the form below to make an enquiry. The Vicar, The Revd Andrew Hawken, will respond to the enquiry form.

We look forward to meeting you and planning your day together.