Choosing a Church Wedding

By choosing to get married in church we hope you will discover that our churches are more than simply venues. They are spiritual places where God has been blessing couples for generations. The vows, or promises, you make can only be said in a church setting and have a timeless quality. The vicar will be there to pray for you before your wedding and to support you in your married life together. The Vicar will help make your wedding personal, memorable, meaningful and beautiful.

Weddings and marriage

Congratulations on your engagement! Thank you for looking at one of our churches for your wedding. The good news is that you can marry in church regardless of your beliefs. You don’t need to be christened or a regular churchgoer.

We are here to give you a Christian ceremony and provide you with a new legal status as husband and wife. This means you will need to have a qualifying connection to the church and show proof of your identity.

If one or both of you has been married before there may well be a way forward for you to be re-married in church but the vicar has certain considerations in these circumstances and will need to talk to you both first.

Blessings and Dedicating your marriage

If you have had a civil ceremony or been married abroad you may be considering having your marriage blessed in church. It may be because not everyone could be at your wedding ceremony or one, or both of you, is remarrying after divorce. (If this is your situation, talk things through with your vicar who can offer guidance on remarrying in church or having a blessing). Whatever the reason, you can have a service in church when you can acknowledge the commitment you’ve already made and ask for God’s blessing and guidance for your new life together.

Because it is not a marriage service, banns are not required, there is no exchange of rings and there is no signing of the official marriage paperwork during the service. You can have a blessing in any church of your choice, so long as the church and the vicar are free on your preferred date.

The service itself has no statutory fee (because it is not a legal service) but there may be some costs, such as flowers, bells, heating and the services of an organist. These would be charged at the church’s local rate.