Bishop Auckland Methodist Church


Each Wedding at Bishop Auckland Methodist Church is a blessed occasion which we enjoy sharing with our wedding couples.  They can be personalised to the wedding couple’s wishes, regarding music, readings and even the order of service.

Following prayerful consideration, the Methodist Conference voted to enable same sex marriages to also be conducted on Methodist premises or by Methodist office-holders. For more details see here. Thus the church has registered for both marriages between a man and a woman and for marriages of same sex couples. All are welcome to celebrate their happy day with us at Bishop Auckland Methodist Church.

Candles are an idea – lighting two individual ones at the start of the ceremony and together lighting the central one after the marriage has taken place
  • To book a wedding, please contact the minister to see if your desired date is available and to make an appointment to talk through your initial ideas.
  • Please then print the wedding booking form if you can and fill in the first page to bring with you to the initial meeting with the minister or else you can fill in this online wedding booking form.  He will then talk through with you what you need to think about in order to fill in the second page closer to your wedding date.
  • The cost of the wedding up to 31 August 2024 will be between £370 and £550 depending what you choose to include. After 31 August 2024 it will be £385 to £575. Please talk to the minister about your requirements.

The minister’s fee is to be transferred by BACS to the minister and the rest of the fee to the church by BACS.
BACS details will be given once the fee is agreed.

  • The church organ can provide a traditional sound to walk you down the aisle and out again at the end as the happy couple as well as to any hymns desired.
  • The marriage schedule obtained from the registrar confirms that your date is set, and is a legal document necessary for the marriage to take place (please ensure you have given notice of your intention to marry to the registrar at least 28 days before the wedding to apply for this form).  No deposit is then required, we are happy to receive payment in instalments but payment in full should be made by at the latest the time of the wedding rehearsal.  Please plan to pay by cheque or ask us for the church’s BACS details.

We wish you God’s blessings as you prepare for your big day and for the many years of marriage that will follow.

Our coloured lighting scheme means you can also choose a colour glow at the front of the church to match your colour scheme if you want:
Photos courtesy of John Alderson Photography

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