St Peter the Apostle, Byers Green

  • St Peter's Rectory
  • Byers Green
  • Spennymoor
  • Co Durham
  • DL16 7NL

01388 609436
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Church interiorSt Peter's Church is a lovely place in which to get married, and we welcome enquiries.






There are different ways of qualifying to marry in the church:

  • By living in the parish                Click here to check which parish you live in
  • By having a qualifying connection with the parish through family members
  • By worshipping with us on a regular basis and joining the electoral roll

Before making any definite bookings, it is important that you contact Revd. Dr Caroline Friswell, to check that you qualify to marry in our church, and that the date and time you want are available.  You can ring the number on the right of this page or email Rev Caroline by clicking here

What can you expect to happen next?

When you first make contact Rev Caroline will arrange an appointment to meet with you as soon as possible to start making the necessary arrangements and to plan future meetings.  These will include a meeting to discuss exactly what a Christian marriage involves by talking through the Marriage Service; a meeting fairly close to the wedding itself to plan the details of the service and a wedding rehearsal a day or two before the ceremony.

What we offer you as part of our wedding package

We offer an optional short marriage preparation course of up to two 1.5 hour sessions some six months before the wedding day.  The aim of the course is to help prepare you for a life-long marriage and not just for the day itself.  Course components include:

  • an exploration of how relationships work and how different personality types operate to help couples to increase their understanding of themselves and their partners 
  • the different ways in which we show and receive love as a way of increasing intimacy and depth of relationship
  • communication and negotiation skills to help couples to be better equipped to deal with the challenges that are a normal part of married life

What it costs - Church of England Fees set for 2016


Fee payable

Publication of banns of marriage*


Marriage Service


Verger and bells








Certificate of banns issued at time of publication**


Provision of recorded music and someone to work the sound system


Music copyright where order of service includes hymns and songs




Additional marriage certificate issued at time of registration

£4 per copy

*             If you live outside the parish of Byers Green you will need to have your banns read at your home parish church where you will also be charged this fee.

**           If one or both of you live outside the parish of Byers Green you will need to pay for a certificate of banns issued by your parish church and then show that certificate to the Priest in Charge of St Peter’s Church Byers Green before you can be married.

You will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit of £50 when you book your wedding.

All cheques payable to PCC of Byers Green

Additional Information

Listed below is additional information which may be of help to you. We wish you well for your future!

What's so special about marriage?

Seven steps to a heavenly wedding

The Marriage Service