Congratulations if you are planning to get married!

Getting married at your local church allows you to begin your married life in the context of prayer and worship, and within a building that plays a central role in the life of your local community. For us, the most important thing in preparing for your wedding is that you find the time to attend some of our normal Sunday Services, and get to know your local church as a living community, not just as "a venue". Doing this will allow you to ask any questions you may have, and fill out the necessary forms. Sunday worship is at 9.30 am each week at Whitechapel and at 11 am at St John's and St Luke's.

If you already have a date in mind, why not phone the Vicar on 0781 1195 280, or send an email to and get your date pencilled in our diary?

Anglican weddings take place after the "publication" of "banns of marriage". This is a procedure whereby your intention to marry is proclaimed as one of the notices within our normal Sunday morning service. This has to take place on three successive Sundays at some point in the three months before your wedding date. 

If you are resident in Cleckheaton, you have the right to request a Christian wedding in one of our three churches, even if you are not a Christian and have not been baptised. However, at this moment of decision in your life you might wish to explore the faith and make a commitment to it as part of your preparation for marriage. We regularly offer the 'Start Course' for people who want to think through their beliefs, and we also offer general marriage preparation sessions to couples getting married. 

If you are not resident in Cleckheaton, you can still marry with us, so long as at least one of you can demonstrate some real connection with our churches, such as attending worship or family connections. 

The normal charge for a wedding in 2017 is:

St Lukes - £644

St Johns - £634

Whitechapel - £624




You may want more

Our charge includes the services of an organist and some choir members to help lead the singing. 

You are very welcome to play some music that is special to you on a CD as part of the service.

The only chargable "extra" you may be interested in are the services of bellringers. At St John's we have a ring of eight bells (installed to give thanks for the allied victory in World War Two). This costs £90. At Whitechapel we have an unusual octave of bells that can be operated by a single ringer, which costs £30. St Luke's has a single bell, which can be rung free of charge by a member of the wedding party!  

Local Services

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Space to think

To help you prepare for your wedding, we may invite you to Marriage Preparation event to discuss the vows you will make at the ceremony, and all sorts of practical details. Many couples appreciate setting aside time and space to think about those big promises and the difference they will make.

These meetings generally happen on the last weekend of January or the first weekend of February


As mentioned above banns are when your names are read out in church according to a legal custom. On these occasions, everyone in church will be praying for you. It will be special, so do go along if you can.


Near your wedding day, generally in the evening two days beforehand, we will arrange for you to have the opportunity to rehearse the ceremony with those family and friends who are involved.

The big day

A church wedding can be as lavish or simple as you want it to be. We will do all we can to make the day personal, meaningful, spiritual, beautiful and memorable for you both and your guests.

Your first anniversary

Your local CofE church will always be there for you even if was not the place you chose to marry in. We would be delighted to mark your first anniversary by praying for you both - all you have to do is ask.

The service

  • Music

If you decide you would like to have hymns during your wedding service, it's usual to have two or three. We will be happy to advise you.  You can listen to some popular choices at

  • Readings

All weddings in the Church of England include one or more readings from the Bible. There are many popular passages to consider. You can read them on-line at and see if what they say seem important to you.

  1. Love, actually

The number one most popular choice for a wedding reading is 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13

"... Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails ..."

     2. A love poem between two lovers

Song of Solomon, Chapter 8, verses 6 and 7

"Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm: for love is as strong as death..."

      3. Getting the perfect relationship

Colossians, Chapter 3, verses12-17

"... And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them together in perfect unity..."

     4. God created women and men to look after the earth

Genesis Chapter 1, verses 26-28

" ... So God created human beings in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them ..."

     5. More on love

1 John, Chapter 4, verses 7-12

"Dear Friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God ..."

In addition to hymns and Bible readings you can include other readings, poems, music and prayers and involve family and friends. Please let us know if you have any special ideas of your own.



One in five couples who come to us for weddings already have children. We welcome children and they can take an active part in the service: they can walk up the aisle with mum, carry the rings, read or say a prayer and receive a blessing with the happy couple.