With you at every stage of life.
The Church of England is in every community, and has been helping people mark the significant moments of life for generations.
Marrying in church is personal, meaningful, spiritual and beautiful; just as you want it to be.
Why marry in a church?
Churches are special places and there are some things about a church wedding that you just can’t get anywhere else:
- A church wedding will add a spiritual dimension to your marriage.
- You can make amazing vows, or promises, in a church.
- The Vicar has a very particular role to play in your wedding. They can blend ancient tradition and modern experience to reflect your story. Because of the relationship with the Vicar, your wedding can be made personal, memorable, meaningful and beautiful.
- Church buildings offer outstanding beauty. Old or new, intimate or grand, our 16,000 churches are some of the nation’s most stunning wedding venues, with two-thirds being listed buildings.
- Church buildings offer centuries of history. Imagine all the couples who have married in your local church, some of whom may well be your family.
- You can be involved in making choices about your ceremony.
- For some people, a church simply seems like the proper place to get married. Churches can be described as ‘peaceful’, ‘serene’, or having an atmosphere that makes marrying there a particularly special experience.
- And after your wedding, you’ll realise that a church is more than simply a wedding venue. We’ll always be here for you.
Check the law
Because a wedding is a legal ceremony, as with other venues, there are certain rules that we have to follow.
You can get married in most churches with certain conditions.
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Book the church
There are a few things to discuss with the vicar before your wedding date can be confirmed at a church, so make contact sooner rather than later to ensure you can synchronise the date with your reception venue.
Meet the Vicar
Once you’ve decided to marry in church, your first contact is most likely to be the vicar, although sometimes you may speak to a church administrator first.
Been married before?
Even if one or both of you are divorced, it is likely that you can marry in church, but you will need to talk to your vicar as soon as possible.
What about mixed faith weddings?
Having a different faith to your partner need not be a barrier to having a church wedding if you’d both like one. Just like all couples, the vicar will want to get to know you both and help you develop a ceremony that reflects your story.
When can we marry in church?
There are no legal restrictions on which day of the week you can have a church wedding, but some days may be better than others. We do not hold weddings in Holy Week (the week before Easter Day), Christmas Day or when we have a regular service (such as Sunday morning).
Can children be involved in our wedding?
Absolutely! We will talk to you about the best way to involve them in your special day.
Do get in touch
We know how stressful organising a wedding can be, so please do get in touch with any questions. Get in contact through our social media, or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
St George's Parish Church
0161 941 4037