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A Church wedding adds a spiritual dimension to a marriage by providing an expression of worship, reflecting joy, celebration, community and love. For such a special day, our churches offer a beautiful and friendly atmosphere, worshipful ethos, along with an excellent choir. This provides a setting for a memorable wedding service.

You can marry in one of the four Anglican churches in the Parish of Rushen:

  • Kirk Christ (the Parish Church),

  • St Mary’s (Port St. Mary),

  • St. Catherine’s (Port Erin),

  • and St. Peter’s (Cregneish)

Each of the four churches is very different in feel – why not visit each one before making a decision ?

We hope this page will answer some of your questions:


How do we get married in the Parish of Rushen ?

Wedding Booklet

Download our Wedding Booklet using the picture link to the left.  The information in this short booklet has been put together over a number of years based upon questions that couples have asked as they have approached their wedding day.  We hope and pray that it will be useful to you as you plan for your big day and your shared lives together.

Next, you need to complete a wedding application form and email it to our Parish Administrator.    Click here to download the application form.  Should you have any queries in completing the form please do not hesitate to contact us.


Only upon receiving confirmation should you consider that your wedding service is booked at the church on the requested date and time. Weddings can be on any day of the week (although not usually on Sundays) but it may not be possible to arrange a choir on weekdays.

The Vicar, Rev. Joe Heaton will then meet with you both to discuss your wedding plans.

Does it matter where we live?
If one or both of you live in the Parish you may get married in any of the churches in the Parish by Banns. This is an old tradition, still legally required, whereby an announcement of your forthcoming marriage is read out in church on three Sundays beforehand. Traditionally, this gives members of the public a chance to object to the marriage but this is extremely rare these days!

If neither of you live in the Parish, it may still be possible to get married here by a Qualifying Connection or a Special Licence if you have strong links with the Parish, for example if you have lived here in the past or if your parents live in the Parish.

If you worship regularly at one of the churches for at least six months and join the Church Electoral Roll, you may also be married by Banns.

I have never been baptised.  Can I still be married in your church?
Yes. You do not need to be baptised, or Christian, to be married in your Church of England Parish Church.

I have been married before. Can I still be married in your church?
That depends! You will need to speak to the Vicar and discuss some of the reasons for the break-up of your first marriage and why you want to be married in church.  However, each year a number of the weddings that we conduct are for people who have previously been married.

How do you help us prepare for our marriage?
Early in the year in which you are to be married, you will be invited to attend a one-day course for all couples who will be getting married in the same year. The course is run on a Saturday and focuses on your married life together and what that will mean to you both.

We hope that aspects of the course will be relevant to you, whether you are just about to set up home together or you have been living together for some time.

The final session looks at the wedding service itself and gives you a chance to discuss the various parts of it and to think about how you would like your service to be special to you.

How much does it cost to get married?
Everything that is legally required will cost £450 but most couples like to choose optional extras such as a choir, heating, etc. which can increase the costs to around £600.

When should we book?
It is best to book the church as soon as you have decided to get married.  We currently have bookings up to two years in advance but there are still plenty of spare dates in the calendar.  It is important to check with us that the church is available before booking your reception.  There is no booking fee but we do ask that you notify us if your plans change.

Hymns and Readings for your Wedding
Download the documents for a choice of hymns and Bible readings appropriate for weddings. 

Wedding Readings Wedding Hymns