St Bride's: Worship & Ministry: Arranging A Special Service

Updated 21/04/21: We are delighted that St Bride’s doors are now open six days a week for those wishing to worship, pray and visit (closed on Saturdays). Our two Sunday choral serices have also resumed.
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St Bride's: Worship & Ministry

Arranging A Special Service

Blessing of a Marriage


Baptisms take place during Sunday Services


The Bishop of London with confirmation candidates


Renewal of Vows for a wedding anniversary


In addition to regular church services celebrating Eucharist and Evensong, St Bride's often hosts special services marking the key points in a person's life.

Should you be considering any of the following please email Claire Seaton at

  • Baptism
  • Confirmation
  • Getting married - further information
  • Receiving a wedding blessing
  • Renewal of wedding vows
  • Organising a memorial or thanksgiving service - further information
  • Organising a funeral service

A Guide to Getting Married at St Bride's

We hold a lot of weddings and blessings at St Bride's and we are delighted that you are thinking of taking that special step here with us.

St Bride's steeple is believed to be the inspiration for the first tiered wedding cake, but that's not the only reason for getting married here. The interior is very beautiful, the clear glass gives a light open feel to the church and the music is spectacular. We are a very warm and welcoming community and whether you are already a regular member of the church or you are looking for a church to join, we hope that it will not only be the beginning of your marriage but also of a long relationship with us.

Holy Matrimony is one life's most significant milestones and an occasion which will be remembered for the rest of your life. It is a time for celebration and festivity but also for solemn contemplation and reflection on commitment, faithfulness and loyalty.

Who qualifies to be married at St Bride's?

The usual way to marry at St Bride's is by Banns and in order to do this you must be able to demonstrate a Qualifying Connection.

If you are not currently resident in the Parish, the following count as Qualifying Connections:

  • You were baptised in the parish.
  • You were you confirmed and your confirmation is entered in a register belonging to a church or chapel in the parish.
  • A parent or grandparent was married in the parish by a Church of England service.
  • You have had you usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months.
  • A parent has had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months during your lifetime.
  • You have habitually attended public worship at Church of England services in the parish for at least 6 months.
  • A parent has habitually attended public worship at Church of England services in the parish for at least 6 months during your lifetime.

In some circumstances, it may also be possible to marry here if you have a spouse still living from a previous marriage.

If you are in any doubt please contact us for further advice. We will do everything we can to make it possible for you to be married here.

What to do next

Contact us on this email address to find out what comes next. If you are new to St Bride's we will usually invite you to come to a Sunday morning service to see if we offer the kind of worship that you are comfortable with and after the service you can join us for refreshments - tea, coffee, wine and nibbles - and you can get to know some of the congregation. You will have the opportunity to meet with other couples who are planning their wedding and others who have been married here. After that we will make an appointment to see you formally and fill in a booking form. At that point we will give you a wedding pack full of information that will help you to plan your wedding.

We look forward to getting to know you better and joining you on this exciting journey.


Holding a Memorial at St Bride's

Following the death of a loved one or a colleague many people want to hold a memorial service, or as it is sometimes called, a thanksgiving service.

A Memorial service is an opportunity to remember and celebrate a life and give thanks for all that the person brought into your life. As such, this would usually be held a few months after the funeral.

The service is a religious ceremony and much of the content will reflect that. It will include religious hymns, anthems and readings but there is also room for non-biblical readings and more secular music. In addition there will be eulogies and prayers and a service will last 45-50 minutes. The choice of music and readings can reflect the tastes and interests of the person that we are remembering.

Who can have a Memorial service at St Bride's?

St Bride's is traditionally associated with printers and journalists and many of our memorials are for people from that walk of life. However, in recent years we have held many services for broadcasters, media professionals and for the lawyers and bankers who now work in Fleet Street. The In Memoria section archives those who have been commemorated at St Bride's in recent times.