We are honoured and delighted to be asked about being part of family celebrations like Weddings and Christenings.
There is a Church of England Parish for everyone in England, and you have the right to a wedding, a christening, (and indeed a funeral), in your parish church. To find your parish church click here to go to the Diocesan Map or click here to go to A Church Near You http://www.achurchnearyou.com/
Click here to go to the national Church of England website to learn more about weddings, christenings and funerals http://www.churchofengland.org/weddings-baptisms-funerals.aspx
Marriage is a serious, lifelong, commitment. We believe that in the faithful perseverance of marriage God gives us His grace, and we come to understand something about His commitment to us.
Because marriage is the foundation of family life, and family life is the foundation of society, there are laws about marriage - who you cannot marry, where and when you can marry, etc.
Different Churches have policies about how and when they do Weddings. Please talk to your Vicar before making firm arrangements. There will usually be some Marriage preparation : we know that Marriage has its tough moments and although there is no 'recipe' we do think we have some answers.
Click here to learn more about what the Church of England says about Weddings
Click here to go to the Church of England's special website about Weddings
Downloads from us to help you planning your wedding
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Because a wedding affects everyone - the couple, their families, the whole of society - there are legalities around when and where you can be married as well as who you can marry.
Where can I get married? Changes
In July 2007, the General Synod (the Church of England's governing body) approved steps to widen the wedding regulations; these come into effect on the 1st October 2008. The regulations are designed to make it easier for couples to get married in a church that has special meaning to them.
The link with a particular church is called a qualifying connection. Examples are:
- their local parish
- the parish where they were baptised and/or confirmed
- a parish they have lived in for 6 months or more, at any time during their lives
- a parish they have attended worship in for at least 6 months
- the parish their parents lived or worshipped in (during the child's lifetime)
- the parish their parents or grandparents were married in.
For more questions and answers about the Marriage Measure click here.
NB when calling banns, there is a new form of words:
"N ... of this parish" should be changed to "N ... of the parish of X who wishes to be married in this church by virtue of his/her connection with this parish"
Fees for weddings and funerals are set by General Synod acting under the authority of Parliament.
For fees for this year, click here
For guidance from the National Church about fees, click here
Marriage of Foreign (Non-EU) Nationals
As a result of the Immigration Act 2014, any marriage involving a person from outside the European Economic Area cannot be conducted on the basis of banns or a common (surrogate's) licence - but only with a Superintendent Registrar's Certificate.
Please download the document below for detailed advice.
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If in any doubt, please contact the Registrar.