Today more than a quarter of all marriages in England take place before God in the traditional setting of a Church of England church. Our churches are popular for weddings, and we would hope to make your wedding very special.
You're welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptised and whether or not you go to church.
These are some of the questions people commonly ask:
Can I get married in one of your churches?
You may get married in our churches if:
one of you was baptised in the parish or had your confirmation entered in a church register book of a church in the parish
one of you has at any time had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months
one of you has at any time habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months and is on the Electoral Roll of that church
one of you has parent who has at any time during that person’s lifetime had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months; or has habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months
one of you has a parent or grandparent who was married in the parish.
What if one of us has been married before?
If either of you has been married before and your former wife or husband is still alive, we will sensitively discuss the background circumstances with you. We cannot promise that we will always be able to marry you, but we believe in a God of renewal and new beginnings and so our policy is to accept couples for marriage whenever we properly can.
In cases where we cannot marry you, we may be able to conduct a service of blessing where you have had a civil marriage ceremony.
What about wedding preparation?
In order to help you think about your future life together, we encourage all wedding couples to spend some time meeting with the clergy member taking your wedding. This will usually involve one or two meetings. Many couples have said much they valued the chance to discuss things away from the pressures of organising the big day!
What hymns and readings should I choose?
The Church of England Wedding website has lots of advice on these, including links to sung hymns and readings from the Bible as well as those commonly used at weddings. It is a great resource!
What will it cost?
The current cost for your church wedding is £476 which includes the cost of the service, the calling of banns, your marriage certificate and the optional marriage preparation course.
Please note that this figure does not include the cost of additional items such as an organist, choir, bells or flowers.