Baptisms, Weddings & Civil Partnerships

The Damon Wells Chapel is available on application for baptisms, weddings and thanksgiving services after civil marriages for current students, alumni, staff and Fellows, subject to limited availability.

If you are interested in the possibility of having your wedding service at Pembroke, the following information is important:

  • The Chapel is not licenced for weddings, so marriages may be conducted only if a Special Licence is granted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. This means that it is not within the College’s gift to marry everyone who requests to be married here.  Please seek the agreement of the College through the Chaplain before you approach the Archbishop.
  • There are a number of legal and other costs associated with being married in the College Chapel, and if you want a minister of your own you should be aware that you are responsible for her or his traveling expenses and any expenses of office s/he may charge. Any visiting officiating minister should be a clerk in holy orders in good standing with the Church of England (or a church in full communion with it).
  • All couples with an affiliation to the Chapel are most welcome to approach the Chaplain with regard to support and counsel within their relationship.
  • Should you wish to hold a post-ceremony reception at Pembroke, we offer a standard drinks reception package and can also offer advice on suitable alternative venues in Oxford to enjoy your wedding breakfast. 

If you think you qualify to hold a baptism or your wedding service at Pembroke and would like further information about fees, availability, licences, the reception package or any other details, please contact both the Conference and Events Office and the Chaplain in one email and we will be glad to offer advice and help.

Conference and Events Office: conferences@pmb.ox.ac.uk

The Chaplain: andrew.teal@pmb.ox.ac.uk