Weddings & Blessings

There has been a long tradition of weddings and blessings at this beautiful church which, with its grandeur, striking ancient beauty, and fine music, has shared in the happiness of many couples.

Whether it is a quiet, simple service in the Lady Chapel or a full, flower-bedecked wedding at the High Altar with professional choir, marked by the peals of the oldest bells in London, we endeavour to meet all requirements with thoughtful care and efficiency.

Our services
From your first contact with the Parish Office, right through to the ceremony, we guide you step-by-step through the process with care which is both focused and tailored to each individual’s requirements.

We are able to offer outstanding music. Our Director of Music normally meets couples to discuss their choices and is happy to comply with most requests and offer advice.

Who qualifies to marry here and what are the legal requirements?
An early enquiry about a wedding enables us to sort out the legal requirements, which will differ from couple to couple. We try to be as accommodating as possible. There are, however, some legal restrictions that are outside our control.

You are able to marry at St Bartholomew the Great if one of you:

Those who fall into any of the above categories and have a spouse still living from a former marriage are also welcome to discuss their plans with the Rector. Foreign nationals and UK subjects living abroad who have connections to the Priory Church are also welcome.

If you are in any doubt about whether you qualify, please ask. If for some reason you do not qualify to be married here, then it is still possible for you to be married in a civil ceremony and then have a service of blessing here.

Drinks receptions in the Cloister Café
The elegant 15th Century Cloister of the Church is an ideal place for your guests to meet for a cup of coffee before the service or mingle afterwards with a glass of champagne during the photographs. Please contact the Parish Office by telephoning 020 7600 0440 or by emailing the parish office on for details.

Next Steps
If you are thinking about getting married, please contact the Parish Office – click this link for details – and make an appointment.

The initial questions will be:

The Parish Office is open between 0900 and 1700 Monday to Friday


Below is a slideshow of photographs taken at a recent wedding in the church. They are all credited to – click this text to go to the website , where you will find many other examples of Christopher Martin's work. These photographs are used with his permission.