Weddings and Baptisms (Christenings)
Firstly, congratulations on your forthcoming marriage.
To find out more about church weddings, please visit the Church of England
website "Your Church Wedding".
You can make an initial enquiry, or a booking, at the church on Saturday mornings
between 10.00am and 11.00am when one of the clergy is available in the vestry/
church office (to the left of the entrance at the west end of the church).You can
also enquire during the week at the church office, telephone 020 8853 0687. When booking a wedding, you will need to bring a passport, proof of address, and a deposit of £100 (non-returnable in the case of cancellation). Before making an enquiry you may find the following information useful.
To be eligible to be married or to have a child baptized at the church, you normally
have to live within the parish. The parish boundaries are Deptford Creek, Norman
Road, Greenwich High Road, Blackheath Road, Blackheath Hill and Shooters Hill
Road, Maze Hill, Hoskins Street and the River Thames. Download map showing
parish boundaries (.pdf, 105kb).
If you are living outside the parish, but are a regular worshipper at St Alfege and
on the electoral roll of the church at the time of booking, then it is possible to go
ahead with booking a marriage by banns. With effect from 2nd March 2015, where one or both of the parties to an intended marriage is a non-EEA national the parties will each have to obtain a superintendent registrar’s certificate (‘SRC’) to authorise the marriage (unless an Archbishop’s special licence has been granted). It will cease to be lawful for the marriage of a non-EEA national to be solemnized after the publication of banns of matrimony or on the authority of a common licence.
If you live outside the parish, you may need the agreement of the priest in your parish of residence before arranging a baptism. In the case of marriage, if you are not regularly attending the church but can show a sufficiently strong connection with the parish, it may be possible to marry at St Alfege under the new Marriage Measure 2008, providing you can demonstrate a ‘qualifying connection’. (For further information see Marriage Measure).
If a previous marriage has been terminated by divorce, the clergy will need to enquire into the circumstances and see a copy of the decree absolute before being able to proceed. Ceremonies of blessing after a civil ceremony or renewal of marriage vows are not limited by the rule about residence in the parish.
Charges for weddings and marriage blessings
These fall into two categories: statutory fees required by the Church of England and charges for music etc which are at the discretion of the local church. Statutory fees do not apply to marriage blessings.
Statutory Fees - from January 2013
Publication of banns of marriage: £28.00
Certificate of banns (if required): £13.00
Marriage service: £413.00
Marriage certificate: £4.00
Verger (including registers/certificate): £60.00
Choir of four experienced singers (£60/chorister): £240.00
Permission to video: £100.00
Note: an additional sum of £50.00 for the organist and £10.00 for each choir member must be paid under music copyright. This charge refers to any video recording, not just to professional recording.
Non-returnable deposit, payable when the wedding is booked: £100.00
Donation: we ask for a donation, if you are able to do so, of £250.00 towards the
costs of heating, lighting, cleaning and upkeep of the historic fabric of this famous
church. We ask you to Gift Aid this separately from the other charges. (For every
£100 you give, we can claim, as a charitable body, another £25 from the government in reclaimed tax). Please make cheques payable to ‘St Alfege PCC’.
Arrangements for Baptism
Baptism is the sacrament of welcome into the universal Church. Baptisms normally
take place within the main service on designated Sundays throughout the year.
There are also a few dates when children can be baptized on a Sunday outside the
There are no set charges for baptism
For further information, please contact the clergy.