Your Church Wedding
Churches are more than simply a venue for your wedding ceremony
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The first thing to do is to contact us with details of when you would like to get married, which church and whether you have a connection to that church, see next question. We will be able to confirm the date is available and will ask you to complete an application form. One of our ministry team will then get in touch to confirm all the legal bits. Weddings can be on any day of the week (although not usually on Sundays).
Does it matter where we live?
If one or both of you live in the Parish where you wish to marry you may get married in the village church by Banns. This is an old tradition, still legally required, whereby an announcement of your forthcoming marriage is read out in church on three Sundays beforehand. Traditionally, this gives members of the public a chance to object to the marriage but this is extremely rare these days! If neither of you live in the Parish, it may still be possible to get married in our churches if you have strong links with one of them. For example, if you have lived here in the past or if your parents live in the Parish.
If you do not have a connection it is still possible to marry in one of our churches if you are able to form a connection by attending church here regularly for at least six months before your banns are read, so please get in touch and we can work with you to confirm the options.
Do you marry divorced people?
In certain circumstances, it may be possible for divorced people to marry in church. In other cases, we are happy to arrange a wedding blessing service to follow a civil ceremony and this can have most of the elements of a wedding service except for the legal requirements. Please contact us if you would like more information about this and one of our ministers will be able to discuss further.
How much does it cost to get married in church?
Everything that is legally required will cost around £600. However, most couples like to choose optional extras such as the organ, heating etc. which can increase the costs to between £800 and £1,000. Once we know which church you wish to marry in we can confirm the options and costs.
What other resources about weddings do you recommend?
More information on weddings can be found on the Church of England's weddings site www.yourchurchwedding.org
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things...
And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13 v4-7, 13
God is love, and those who live in love live in God: and God lives in them. 1 John 4:16
Lord, we pray that as we get ready for our wedding day, not only will our love for each other grow
stronger, but that we will become more aware of your great love for us. Amen