St Mary's Priory Abergavenny: The Priory Centre

WEDDINGS at St Mary's Parish Church, St Mary's Priory, Abergavenny

Thinking of a Church wedding?

Wedding Pews

Congratulations! You are welcome to marry in church whether or not you are baptised, and now it is easier than ever. Following the Welsh marriages act of 2010 the legal conditions that need to be fulfilled have widened.

You can marry in one of the four Anglican churches (St Mary’s, Holy Trinity, Christchurch and St Peter’s, Llanwenarth) in the Abergavenny Group if you have the following qualifications:


That one of you:

- has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months; or

- was baptised in the parish concerned; or

- was prepared for confirmation in the parish; or

- has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months; or


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

- has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months; or

- has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months; or


That one of your parents or grandparents:

- was married in the parish

And did you know that if you move house, you’re immediately connected to the churches there? That means you can marry in the churches of your new parish.


So what do we need to do to book our wedding?

The first thing you need to do is to arrange to see the Vicar by calling the Vicarage on (01873) 853168 or email: vicar@stmarys-priory.org

The Marriage can only be ‘pencilled in’ until the banns are called. The Vicar will discuss with you your wedding plans. Do you want a choir, church bells – and what about flowers? He will arrange to see you again at a later date.

Banns are announcements in church of your intention to marry and a chance for anyone to put forward a reason why the marriage may not lawfully take place. On these occasions, everyone in your church will also be praying for you. It can be very special and moving, so go along if you can. Banns are called no more than three months before the wedding.


Do I need to contact the Registrar?

No. The Vicar will be able to issue you with your Marriage Certificate.


Do we have to get married on a Saturday?

No. Fridays are very popular days for Weddings. Provided the church is available you can get married on any day between 8am and 5pm.It is very unusual for us to conduct Marriages on Sunday due to the large number of Sunday Services at St Mary’s.


Weddings at the Priory Centre

The incomparable setting of St Mary’s Priory and the adjacent Priory Centre makes the site an ideal venue for your wedding celebrations.
For more information please contact the Priory Centre manager on (01873) 858787 or enquiries@stmarys-priory.org


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