Church of St. Mary, National Churchill Museum
It was a childhood dream to have my wedding at this church and I was very excited to book my wedding. The only thing I was disappointed with was the fact there was a wedding an hour after our wedding and their guests started showing up as ours were taking pictures. The other party wasn't happy with us being there and made it clear our time was up even though they arrived 45 min early. The staff wasn't present to help defuse the situtation.
Vendor response to review
This was an out of the ordinary occurrence and will not happen again. As a rule, we only book one wedding per day so this does not happen.
Fantastic Church! Beautiful both on the inside and out ... can bring in your own officiant! Looks great in photos! A must see!!
This church is such a wonderful wedding venue. The graceful columns emphasize the magnificent architecture. The history of this building is awe inspiring. To stand in it's beautiful sanctuary brings to mind the many, many brides and grooms that have committed to one another in this place. There is no other church like this in all of North America.
The lighting from the tall windows gives a soft glow to the room that lends itself well to photography. There are so many interesting details in the building that every wedding photo is unique. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Ivy Photography recommends this church to anyone seeking a fairy tale wedding.
The Church of St. Mary is an original 17th century church originally located in London, England.
During the Great Fire of London in 1666, the church burnt to the ground. Christopher Wren, a famous English architect, redesigned and rebuilt the Church of St. Mary. In 1940 during the Blitz, the Church was gutted after a German incendiary bomb struck the center of the roof. For 25 years after the attack, the Church sat roofless and moss-grown, slated for demolition.
It was in the early 1960's that the proposal was made for the creation of a museum to Sir Winston Churchill and his famous "Iron Curtain" speech, which he delivered at Westminster College in 1946. In 1965, the Church was dismantled in
London and shipped, 7,000 stones in all, to Westminster College, where it was reassembled and restored to the condition we see today. It serves as the ecumenical, inter-denominational chapel for the college.
In the 17th century, the church was recognized as the social and religious center for a number of England's major figures including John Milton and William Shakespeare.
Reservations are confirmed and placed on our calendar upon receipt of the signed reservation form and the $50.00 deposit. The balance of the rental fee is due no later than one month prior to the wedding date.
Reservations include use of the facilities for one hour for the wedding rehearsal and three hours for the wedding.
Only silk flower petals may be dropped by the flower girls in the ceremony.
All candles must be dripless.
Nothing can be set on the altar rail.
Florists provide stands for floral arrangements or the Museum has two wooden pedestals that are available to use.
Nothing (flowers, greens, bows, etc) is to be taped, tacked, clipped, wired, or otherwise attached to the pews. The solution is to use a long ribbon that sits underneath the pew cushion. The weight of the cushion will hold the pew decoration.
Sara Winingear, Assistant Director