The Church of England in Tenterden
ST. MILDRED'S     +     ST. MICHAEL'S     +     ST. JOHN'S

Seeing Christ in the World .... Being Christ in the World




Congratulations! You are welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are christened and whether or not you regularly go to church. And, marrying in church has never been easier. You can be married in one of our churches if you can show:

That one of you:

  • has at any time lived in one of our parishes for a period of at least 6 months or
  • was baptised in one of our churches or
  • was prepared for confirmation in one of our parishes or
  • has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in one of our churches for a period of at least 6 months or

That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:

  • has lived in one of our parishes for a period of at least 6 months or
  • has regularly gone to normal church services in one of our churches for a period of at least 6 months or

That one of your parents or grandparents:

  • was married in the parish

So please get in touch to discuss the options open to you.


(Wedding photos from St Michael's Church)



You might also like to visit the Church of England’s wedding website, which will be of enormous help to you as you plan your big day: www.yourchurchwedding.org

2016 Wedding Fees


In the earliest days of the church, communities would make contributions to the church as a moral obligation, since the church provided services to all without a specific charge. By donating to the church, communities sustained a vital part of community life for all.

The legal fee for weddings that you pay today has its roots in this ancient tradition which has evolved to become a required payment. It ensures your church can maintain essential services for you and our community.


(The costs listed below may increase by a small amount in 2017.)



Required Costs        


  The fee set by law payable to the church
       (includes reading of banns and banns certificate,
       marriage certificate, church administration, and
       the lighting and heating of the church)

        If your banns are also read elsewhere, there will
        be a cost of £27.00 payable to the church there.









£ 455.00

  Optional Costs



  Use of the organ:



£ 380.00



There are no bells at Smallhythe, and a carillon at St Michael’s; therefore the fee for bellringers will not apply in those churches, though a small cost may be levied for the carillon at St Michael’s. Also, Smallhythe does not have its own choir, but we will do our best to provide a choir from elsewhere in our group of churches.


If you wish to employ the services of a guest organist, perhaps because he or she is a family friend, the above organ fee is still payable.


How To Pay For Your Wedding


About a month before your wedding, you will receive an invoice. This must be settled before the wedding day.


Cheques should be made payable to ‘Church Fees Account’ and sent to me at the address shown overleaf.


You can also pay directly through online banking.


Our bank details will be given on request.


You will need to give a ‘reference' when you make your online payment so that we can identify it on the bank statement. We would be grateful if this could take the following form: Groom’s Surname and Bride’s Surname Wedding Fee (e.g: "Smith and Jones Wedding Fee").


Once you have made your payment, would you please send a confirmatory email to our Fees Administrator, Debbie Clayden, so that she can track your payment.




Flowers will normally be in the church, but you can of course make your own arrangements. We will discuss these with you.


In Advent and Lent our churches are not normally decorated with flowers, but flowers may be placed in the church during these seasons and then removed after the service.


Lindsay Hammond