If you are planning on getting married – congratulations!
A wedding or blessing is one of life’s great moments, a time of solemn commitment, celebration and joy.
For Christians, marriage is also an invitation to share life together in the spirit of Jesus Christ. In our services, we ask for God’s blessing on a couple in good times and in bad, and commit ourselves to praying and encouraging them in the days and years ahead of them.
This website can help you plan your church wedding: Your Church Wedding
To find out whether you live in our parish then enter your address here: achurchnearyou.com
Get in touch if you would like to discuss your plans for the ceremony.
A Church of England wedding
WE ALREADY LIVE TOGETHER AND/OR HAVE CHILDREN – IS THIS A PROBLEM?
No, this is not a problem, we celebrate all healthy relationships and would love to perform your wedding.
WHAT ARE ‘BANNS’ AND DO WE NEED THEM?
Yes, all couples getting married need to have their banns read at 3 Sunday services within the 3 months prior to the wedding. Banns are an announcement in church of your intention to marry and a chance for anyone to put forward a reason why the marriage may not lawfully take place. They are an ancient legal tradition and have been read out every week in churches across the land for millions of couples, over many centuries. If for some reason it isn’t possible then it requires an application for a special license. You can find out more here.
I AM DIVORCED, CAN I GET MARRIED IN YOUR CHURCH?
Yes, this is possible. There are certain guidelines when this is the case, but we are very happy to walk you through this. Just contact the clergy to discuss your plans.
WE DON’T LIVE IN YOUR PARISH – CAN WE STILL GET MARRIED IN YOUR CHURCH?
If you do not live in the parish then you may still be entitled to be married in the church if you have a connection here. To get married in a parish church:
One or both of you should live in that parish.
One or both of you should be a member of the parish electoral roll (to join the electoral roll you have worshipped regularly in one of our churches for at least 6 months)
One or both of you should have something called a ‘qualifying connection’. Essentially it means, at any point, you, a parent, grandparent, or godparent has:
lived in the parish for at least 6 months; or has attended worship in the parish for at least 6 months; or was baptised, confirmed, or married in the parish. We will always try our best to find that connection and help you through the bureaucracy.