A wedding is one of life’s great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. St John tells us how Jesus shared in such an occasion at Cana, and gave there  a sign of new beginnings as he turned water into wine.

Marriage is intended by God to be a creative relationship, as his blessing enables husband and wife to love and support each other in good times and in bad, and to share in the care and upbringing of children. For Christians, marriage is also an invitation to share life together in the spirit of Jesus Christ. It is based upon a solemn, public and life-long covenant between a man and a woman, declared and celebrated in the presence of God and before witnesses.

On their wedding day the bride and bridegroom face each other, make their promises and receive God’s blessing. Their friends and families are witnesses of the marriage, and express their support by your presence and your prayers. Your support does not end on this day: the couple will value continued encouragement in the days and years ahead of them.

“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

1 Corinthians 13.4-7

Adapted from the Common Worship Marriage Service. ©The Archbishops' Council 2000

For further information about getting married in the Church of England, click here.

Getting Married at St Mary Magdalene’s

Congratulations if you are looking forward to getting married in the near future. All of us at St Mary Magdalene’s Church wish you well in the future and good luck with all your preparations.

Before you approach us about having a wedding service in St Mary Magdalene’s Church, there are a few things that will inevitably affect your wishes and your decision.

By law, you cannot get married at St Mary Magdalene’s if neither of you lives nor has ever lived in the parish. If one of you does, then it is your right, and you should be in touch with the Vicar as soon as possible, before making arrangements for receptions etc. The parish is not so large, and does not include Enfield Town Centre, or Enfield Lock. Roughly speaking the parish comprises the area up the hill from Enfield Chase Station, to not quite as far as Chase Farm Hospital.

To see the geographically defined parish, click here.

The exception to this rule, is if you are a regular worshipper at the church and have had your name placed on the Electoral Roll of the Church. (The Electoral Roll is kept by the church and has nothing to do with the Register of Electors kept by the Council, with which it is often confused). Under exceptional circumstances it may be possible to apply for an Archbishop’s Special Licence, but the circumstances really do have to be very special indeed to be granted such a licence.

In recent years the eligibility for marriage in the parish church has been relaxed a little such that if one of you can demonstrate a prior connection with the parish or the church through parents or through having lived in the parish at some stage in the past, then it may well be possible to marry here. Please do contact the Vicar if you think this might be the case and we can look into it.

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Many people ask about the cost of a wedding. The basic costs are very reasonable indeed and are cheaper than at the Register Office and certainly cheaper than a hotel. A Church Wedding is and can be a low cost option for you!

However, there are, of course, lots of ‘extras’ that you may want or need. Being a thriving and well-equipped parish church, we can offer bells, choir, and flowers at very reasonable rates, because the people who do the work are mostly volunteers and so costs are low. These are currently charged at £200 for each of these extras. However, the basic cost of the Wedding, taking into account necessary charges and statutory fees for 2013 is less than £600.

Video recording incurs extra costs, which combined with the cost of hiring a videographer, can be quite steep. Service sheets and the services of an organist are not included and need to be budgeted for too (£200 as a guide price for the two).

For any enquiries do please contact the Vicar:
The Reverend Gordon Giles
Click here to contact him

Tel: 020 8363 1875

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Ian Fish and Maria Giles

The Law


If either or both of you have been married before, whether in the Church of England or elsewhere, then you are encouraged to consider the Service of Prayer and Dedication after Civil Marriage. There are fewer legal restrictions for this service, and it can be tailored to your individual needs. This service is also available of course, to anyone who for whatever reason does not satisfy the residence regulations, but it does necessitate having a service in a Register Office beforehand.  Some couples like to have this service if they choose to marry abroad and then have a celebration here a few weeks later.  With such a service (often incorrectly called a ‘Blessing’), many things are possible!

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