You've come to this page because you're thinking of getting married in church. Congratulations!  This section will hopefully answer some questions you might have as you plan your special day.

You could also visit the Church in Wales guide to getting married in church


Who can get married in your churches?

You can get married in St Fagan's, St Luke's or St James's if one of you lives in the Parish of St Fagans Aberdare (Trecynon, Llwydcoed or Cwmdare), or if you can demonstrate one of the following connections with the Parish. Don't worry if you can show more than one connection; only one is required!


The connections are:

  • That one of you has at any time lived in the Parish for a period of at least 6 months; or was baptised in the Parish; or was prepared for confirmation in the Parish; or has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the Parish churches for a period of at least 6 months; 


  • That one of your parents, at any time after you were born has lived in the Parish for a period of at least 6 months; or has regularly gone to normal church services in the Parish churches for a period of at least 6 months;


  • That one of your parents or grandparents was married in the Parish 


In all cases involving church services - i.e. going to normal church services, baptism, confirmation or marriage - this applies only to Church of Wales or England services.

How much will it cost?


The cost of a wedding in our churches consists of a basic fee, plus various additions depending on what you would like in your service. A wedding a St Fagan’s will cost up to £525 made up as follows - vicar's fee £190; Church (PCC) fee £265; verger's fee £20; and £50 for the organist. Obviously the last sum is not payable if no organist is required.

One of us has been married before. Is that a problem?

Not necessarily. In principle, we are happy to marry people in church who have been married before. However, before we can do this we need to go through the Church in Wales's procedures for such cases. We will be able to explain more when you phone us to enquire about making a booking.


What can we have in the service by way of music, readings, etc?


Father Richard Green will be able to help you choose the readings, prayers and music that you would like in your service.


How many people can each church seat?


Our three churches vary in size and can suit large scale weddings to more intimate services. St Fagan's seats about 350 people, but if you are looking for a more intimate ceremony then why not consider St Luke's (100 people), or St James's (65).


How do we go about booking our wedding?


In the first instance, please call the Parish Office on 01685 877900 or email to discuss the date you have in mind.

Please note there are restrictions in place in terms of weddings, baptisms and funerals taking place in church, in order to limit to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information, please contact the Vicar.