MARRIAGE

Enquiry Stage

Initial enquiries regarding the use of the Oratory Church or the Little Oratory should be made in person to the priest on duty at the Oratory House, Brompton Road, London, SW7 2RP. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! The duty priest is avalable:

Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

In order to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony in the Catholic Church, at least one of you must be a Catholic. If you do not normally worship at the London Oratory, please state the name of the parish where you normally attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools).

Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.
No dates will be confirmed until you both meet with a priest from the London Oratory.

 

Marriage Preparation

Your wedding should be the culmination of much prayer and reflection. Your priest will guide you in this process. To assist you in this, it is required that both of you attend Marriage Preparation either with a priest here or your local parish.

 

Order of Service

You may choose to have a Wedding Service, or (if both spouses are Catholic) a Nuptial Mass which can be in English or Latin. Please consult with the priest helping you regarding this question.

There is a choice of readings and music to be made in either case.

 

Music

The music provided must be from our Director of Music, Organist and Choir. The Director of Music is Patrick Russill and can be contacted by phone 020 7808 0911 or preferably by email patrickrussill@blueyonder.co.uk. The Director of Music or Organist should be contacted three months before the date of your wedding.

Our musicians at the Oratory are professionals, hence the fees they charge and any recording of their work is part of their livelihood.  If you wish to record your wedding, you will have to pay an additional fee to those performing the music, as required by law. The Director of Music can give you more information.

Please note that only sacred music can be used at weddings in our church.

 

Church Preparations and Fees

Paul Clark, the Head Sacristan looks after church preparations and should be contacted three months before the date of your wedding. He can be contacted by phone on 020 7808 0923 or email headsacristan@bromptonoratory.co.uk. Paul will discuss with you flower arrangements, photography, video recording, and all other practical matters.

Should you require further assistance or clarification, please do not hesitate to ask.  It is our wish to make your Wedding Day as memorable as possible.