29 Church Street, Hamilton, Bermuda HM CX


Not just a special day but a special marriage.

In the Anglican Church of Bermuda. we don't just want to invest in your wedding day —that's a given! We want to invest in you as a couple. Check out these words from the Marriage Service:

"Marriage is a gift of God in creation through which the couple may know the grace of God. It is given that as the couple grow together in love and trust, they shall be united with one another in heart, body, and mind..."

Our Buildings

Our Church buildings provide stunning historic venues in which to make your vows. Adorned with beautiful wood panelling and colourful windows, our churches give your wedding or blessing a sense of gentle formality and occasion, and couples often arrange for the building to be decorated with flowers. You will find our parish ministers very accommodating, and there is something special about having your wedding details entered into the traditional parish marriage register.

Reception Venues

Most of our churches are equipped with reception halls, some with a commercial kitchen, large restrooms, and with wheelchair access. Some have flat lawns suitable for a marquee or outdoor celebrations, and some have ample parking. Whether using a wedding planner or making your own arrangements, be sure to ask your local church for more information.

Planning your Wedding

Wedding Licence

In our local churches, the priest is also the Registrar for your marriage. Once you have confirmed with the priest the date for your wedding, it is essential for you to contact the Registrar General to organise a Marriage Licence for your marriage. You do this by completing a Notice of Intended Marriage Form and emailing it to: rgmarriages@gov.bm. The Registry needs at least 15 days to process this and once issued, the licence is only valid for three months. You must then give this Marriage Licence to the priest before your wedding takes place. After the wedding the priest will submit a Particulars of Marriage form such that your Marriage Certificate can be issued and collected or sent.

Marriage Preparation

Many couples spend hours and hours preparing for the day, but little time preparing for their marriage. In the Anglican church, we believe in investing in you as a couple. Typically, our churches offer marriage preparation for local couples.

The Rehearsal

The wedding rehearsal typically takes places a few days before the wedding, not the night before! You will practice everything at the rehearsal and the whole wedding party is invited: that's each member of the couple, best man/woman, maid of honour, groomsmen, bridesmaids, and parents. Often, families choose to go for a meal after the rehearsal. Do not feel you have to invite the priest, although all invites are welcome!

Flowers and Decorations

You are welcome to decorate our churches with flowers and other decorations. If you need help with this, please ask and you can liaise with one of the church's flower arrangers who can advise you on the best places and options for your decorations. All decorations must be removed from the church building before the following Sunday worship takes place, although some couples arrange for some displays to be donated to the church.

Example Order of Service

The Entrance of the Bride (or Couple)

Welcome (includes Opening Prayer and Preface)

Hymn or Reflective Item (optional)

The Declarations

Bible Reading

The Address

Hymn or Reflective Item (optional)

The Marriage (includes Vows, Giving of Rings, Proclamation, and Blessing)


Hymn or Reflective Item (optional)

Final Blessing

The Signing of the Registers (Musical Item)

The Recessional

The Wedding Ceremony


At modern weddings most couples exchange rings. These are looked after by the best man or woman who is called forward to lay them on the priest's book at a point in the ceremony. The best man or woman does not keep them in a box, but simply has them loose in his or her pocket so they can be easily and quickly retrieved.

Signing of the Registers

Registers are signed, in church, usually at the top table or side vestry, at the end of the ceremony. If you are getting married, for example, on a beach, then you will need to ensure there is a table and chair available for the signing. If the wedding is a Blessing, we can still arrange for a book to be signed. You will need two witnesses, one for each of you, both of whom need to be over 18 years old. Most couples have instrumental music or a soloist playing during the signing of the registers.

The Address

The Address is a short reflection given by the priest and it is usually based on the Bible Reading(s). It is designed to encourage and inspire you both on your journey.

Bible Reading(s)

The wedding service, as it is a Christian ceremony, usually includes at least one Bible Reading. For example, this could be a reading about love such as this one taken from Paul's letter to the church in Corinth. 1 Corinthians 13:1-8. Often, couples ask a close friend or relative to read the Bible Reading.


You will need to think about music coming in (processional) and music going out (recessional) and also if you wish to include any sung hymns or instrumental pieces. These can be played on backing tracks, or played on the organ or piano by the resident instrumentalist. Soloists and/or Choir may be available for a small donation to the church and are subject to availability in each parish church.

Prayers and Reflective Items

There are moments of prayer in a Christian wedding ceremony and a time for prayers for you as a couple. Some couples ask a Christian friend, someone who has a faith, to pray for them, otherwise the priest will happily lead some simple prayers. You may also wish for a poem to be read.

Entrance and Being Given Away

It is traditional for the bride to enter (preceded by flower girls) followed by bridesmaids. The father or close friend or family member of the bride typically accompanies her. Alternatively the couple may wish to enter together. Some brides do not wish to be 'given away' and there is an optional line in the wedding service. Your priest will discuss this with you at your rehearsal.

Photography and Video

Photography and video is permitted at weddings, however, we discourage this during the actual vows as this is a very intimate and precious time between you both and God. We do not want any distractions! The signing of the registers is a great opportunity for more formal photographs to take place.


Some of our churches have bells that may be rung as your guests arrive and/or as you leave the church building. This is typically subject to a donation and the availability of a bell ringer. For example, the bells at St. Mark's are of a musical chime variety and can be a unique and wonderful addition to your ceremony.

Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, and Ushers

Weddings typically have one or more bridesmaids, the chief bridesmaid being called the Maid of Honour. UK-style weddings have a Best Man and US-style weddings have groomsmen, the chief groomsman being the Best Man. All weddings have ushers, usually chosen from the family, to assist with seating, to accompany the parents to their seats (especially the mother of the bride), to hand out orders of service, and to ensure no-one leaves anything behind. The ushers may also be groomsmen.


Confetti is welcome to be thrown outside the church building. However, all confetti must be biodegradable Please do not bring or use plastic stars or hearts. Please do not use raw rice either as it is bad for wildlife. Paper confetti may be used, but petals, dried coconut, or punched leaves are by far the best options.

Printed Orders of Service

You are welcome to print your own orders of service which may be handed out to the guests by ushers. We highly recommend you ask the minister to proof and check your order of service before you have them printed.

The Vows

I, Name, take you, Name,
to be my wife/husband,
to have and to hold
from this day forward;
for better, for worse,
for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish,
till death us do part;
according to God’s holy law.
In the presence of God I make this vow.

The Giving of Rings

Name, I give you this ring
as a sign of our marriage.
With my body I honour you,
all that I am I give to you,
and all that I have I share with you,
within the love of God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


  • The following fees are the diocesan guidelines only. Please check with the local parish.
    Typically, all rehearsal, preparation, and certificate costs are included.

Wedding or Blessing in a Parish Church


  • The fee includes the Minister's fee, Parish Church fee, and a Verger fee.

Wedding or Blessing at another Venue


  • This is the fee for an Anglican Minister to take your Wedding or Blessing at a beach or other venue. Please note, that as you are asking an Anglican Priest to take the wedding, that he or she will expect it to be a Christian ceremony. The fee includes the minister's fee, the parish fee, and travel expenses.

Renewal of Vows in a Parish Church


  • The fee includes the Minister's fee, Parish Church fee, and a Verger fee.

Other Fees



  • You may choose to use the church organ or piano which is played by a resident instrumentalist. Typically our instrumentalists are able to play both classical and contemporary songs and hymns.

Wedding Checklist

Have you done the following?

Booked a date for your wedding with the Minister?
Applied for and received your Marriage Licence?
Given your Marriage Licence to the Minister?
Booked a time and date for your Rehearsal with the Minister?
Let your wedding party know the time and date of the Rehearsal?
Let the Minister know if you require the services of the church organist?
Chosen Processional and Recessional music and how it will be played and let the Minister know if it is to be played by the church organist?
Chosen any optional Hymns and let the Minister know what they are and if they are to be played by the church organist?
Chosen any Reflective Items such as poems and selected readers?
Chosen a Bible Reading and someone to read it or let the Minister know he or she is reading it?
Chosen someone to say some prayers for you or let the Minister know he or she is leading them?
Chosen music to be played during the Signing of the Registers and organised musicians or let the Minister know if the church organist is to play?
Produced an Order of Service and given a copy of this to the Minister for proofreading and checking?
Chosen flowers and decorations and decided when and where they will be displayed and arranged access to the church building to set them up?
Arranged for any decorations and flowers to be removed from the church building?