The Reverend Susan Oldham
Until recently, the law established a right for a couple to marry in the Church of England in the parish church where one or both of them lived, whether they were baptised or not, and whether they were churchgoers or not. To marry in any other parish required a special licence or six months of regular attendance followed by entry on the local church electoral roll. But new laws, initiated by the Church of England and approved by Parliament, add to this right of residency, making it just as easy for couples to marry in a church where they have a family or other special connection, even if they don’t live there.
You have the right to be married in a church, if one of you lives within the parish boundary, or if you are a regular worshipper and on our membership list. In addition, if you or your family fulfil one of the following criteria, then you can be married in your Parish Church.
- One of you was baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish.
- One of you has ever lived in the parish for six months or more.
- One of you has at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for six months or more.
- One of your parents has lived in the parish for six months or more in your lifetime.
- One of your parents has regularly attended public worship here for six months or more in your lifetime.
- Your parents or grandparents were married in the parish.
In the Benefice, which means the group of churches including St Edmund’s, Dolton; St Peter’s, Dowland; St James’, Iddesleigh and All Saints Monkokehampton we have applied for a ‘Bishop’s Direction’, which simply means that anyone from any one of the parish churches may be married in one of the other churches, because they are within the benefice. If this is of interest, please do not hesitate to ask for more information.
Summary of fees in the Dolton Benefice
Banns - £29.00
Marriage Service - £441.00
Certificate of Banns issued at time of publication - £14.00
Organist - £40.00
Verger - £20.00
Bells are available in all churches except Monkokehampton. - £120.00
Marriage certificate at registration (if required) - £4
The fees listed above are the statutory fees payable and do not include charges for heating, the services of a verger, music (e.g. organist, choir), bells and flowers, which are fixed by the Parochial Church Council. In the case of a marriage service in church, any costs and expenses incurred in respect of routine administration (including arranging dates and times and the making of entries in registers), making the church available and lighting it are included in the fee prescribed as payable to the Parochial Church Council.
The fee for a marriage certificate is fixed by the Secretary of State