Getting Married in Normanton Church

Rutland’s most famous landmark, Normanton Church is now a very popular and unique setting for weddings and, although ceremonies are conducted by a registrar, this magnificent building has all the charm and gravitas you would associate with a traditional church wedding. Most brides dream of the perfect white wedding with all the romantic trimmings and Normanton Church naturally lends itself to such an occasion.

Civil Ceremony at Normanton Church

wedding ceremony at Normanton Church

Photos: Normanton Church Wedding Photography by Peter Oliver

How to Book a Wedding at Normanton Church?

Weddings at Normanton are civil ceremonies and, even though they take place in the church, the registrar is not connected with it and you will need to check that both the registrar and the church are available at the same time on the day you wish to get married. Then you can go ahead and finalise your bookings. The registrar can be contacted at the Register Office, Rutland County Council, Catmose Cottage, South Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HP. You can email the registrar at or telephone during office hours on 01572 758370.

Wedding Prices

You are required to give notice, and a full fifteen days must elapse between giving notice and the day you want to get married. You will have to pay a fee when giving notice; a further payment will be payable on the day of your wedding.

Normanton Church stands on the south shore of Rutland Water and is easily accessible by road. Head towards Oakham on the A606 and, before you reach Empingham village, take the Edith Weston turn-off on the left. The church car park is about 3.2 km further along on the right.

You can hire Normanton Church for two hours. The church seats up to 100 people. The formal part of the ceremony – which must be strictly non-religious in nature – takes fifteen to twenty minutes.

The church’s wedding co-ordinators are on hand to ensure that everything runs smoothly. For any queries you may have about any aspect of Normanton Church wedding you can contact dedicated wedding team at Rutland Water Visitor Centre – 01780 686800. You can also email at More useful informations can be also found on the Official Anglian Water website dedicated to Normanton Church weddings.

With its fascinating history, classical architecture, and spectacular views across the reservoir, Normanton Church is a truly unique wedding venue and a stunning backdrop for your wedding photographs. If you choose to hold your wedding ceremony here, its fairy-tale setting will help your wedding photographer create a distinctive wedding album; something you will cherish always as a record of the magical memories of your wedding on the water.

Normanton Church is a truly unique wedding venue and a stunning backdrop for your wedding photographs

Normanton Church weddings

Civil Ceremony at Normanton Church

Normanton Church is the perfect location for holding your wedding and not only because the stunning surroundings are so ideal for your wedding photography, but also because you have two options for your marriage ceremony. You can pick which end of the church you want for the civil ceremony. There are advantages and disadvantages to both but Normanton Church is still a superb place to have your wedding on the water.

One thing to remember about Normanton Church is that the car park is a short distance away, and your guests will have to leave their vehicles and walk to the church, so leave a little extra time to allow for this. Only the wedding car will be allowed to park near the church.

Weddings at the Far End of the Church

This is the standard option and this end of the church has a more traditional character. You will be able to arrive last at the church and can walk down the aisle in the traditional manner of all church weddings. However, above your head you will see an array of historic tools that look like instruments of torture. They belong to the Normanton Church museum exhibition which is open to the public. Although your mood won’t be affected by the presence of these implements, they will appear in your wedding photographs. There are also some stairs in front of you, making the space available for the ceremony a little limited. This needs to be considered when you are planning the ceremony, because it could cause a problem if you want readings or a wedding videographer.

An array of historic tools that belong to the Normanton Church museum exhibition which is open to the public.

Marriage Ceremony at the Back End of the Normanton Church

When the time comes for you and your spouse to pose for the signing of the register, your photographer may struggle to fit more people in the shot than the two of you and the witnesses. A traditional white wedding with a big wedding dress will also make getting to your seat somewhat difficult. You could always opt to stand and have your pictures taken in the centre of the space but then you have those historic tools hanging above your head and they don’t really suit the occasion. Your wedding photographer can perhaps help you with some guidance on this.

Marriage Ceremony at the Back End of the Church

This is the second option and involves getting married at the back end of the church by the entrance. This side of Normanton Church has a lovely arch and plenty of room for you, the registrar, the witnesses, the wedding photographer and the videographer. The arch at the back of the building is very bright and there are no ugly museum exhibits, but the bride will need to arrive at the church up to half an hour before the groom and guests if she is to make her special entrance; there is no aisle for her to walk down. If you prefer to get married at this end because it is prettier, you can hide in the little room at the front until everyone else has arrived. As soon as they are seated, you will have to walk up the stairs – something of a challenge if you are wearing traditional bridal attire. It is also very hot in that little room in warm weather and your make-up might suffer as a consequence.

The bride will need to arrive at the church up to half an hour before the groom and guests if she is to make her special entrance

Marriage Ceremony at the Back End of the Normanton Church

A wedding at Normanton Church means you will have the perfect backdrop for the occasion, but you will need to make sure you have chosen the end of the church that will suit you the best. Your wedding at Normanton Church will be really special and memorable anyway, regardless of the choice you make. Not only are you getting married in a magnificent, historic building, but you have the stunning view across the reservoir when you emerge. Even on a very warm day there is usually a cool breeze blowing across the lake and the calming sound of lapping water, and this is guaranteed to cool you down and soothe any nerves you might have.