Are you thinking of a Church Wedding?

Congratulations, you’re about to plan perhaps the most important day of your lives. It should be a wonderful, joyful day but is not something to be undertaken lightly.

A wedding in church allows you to make solemn promises to the one you love, not only in front of your family and friends but also in the sight of God and with God’s blessing.

Christians believe that marriage is a gift from God in which the husband and wife grow together in love and trust. It is given as the foundation of family life in which children are nurtured. And it is a way of life made holy by God, which enriches society and strengthens community.

Getting married in the Benefice churches

As far as it is legally possible, we want to welcome you for a church wedding, and Church of England churches have been celebrating this moment with couples for centuries. As the established church, the Church of England gives everyone, with no former partner still living, the right to get married in their or their partner’s parish church.

If you are considering marriage in any of the Benefice churches and would like to talk to someone about marriage in church please complete the Wedding enquiry form at the bottom of this page. There are fees payable for a church wedding– for the church service and marriage certificate(s) plus extras like the verger, organist and bells.

If you have been divorced it may still be possible to remarry in church. If this is your wish please contact one of the clergy who will discus your individual circumstances and the options available to you.

If you are getting married at church elsewhere but require your banns reading at one of the Benefice churches please complete the Banns form at the bottom of this page.

Planning the Service

There is a wealth of material useful for preparing for an Anglican church wedding and information concerning the wedding service on the Church of England website:

Your marriage in the Church of England

The Marriage Service

Hymns and Music