‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.’ (1 Corinthians 13: 4–8)
Congratulations on your engagement. We’re delighted you are considering getting married in church – it is really good to be able to share this happy and significant time in your life. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you. You are most welcome at any of our services.
Your Church Wedding, a Church of England website, has lots of helpful information about preparing for marriage, and you can find your local parish church at A Church Near You. As part of the Church of England we are required to work within a nationwide legal framework that encourages weddings to be conducted in local parish churches. This can sometimes feel a bit restrictive, but we do hope there is a way we can help you plan your special day.
Do please make contact with one of the clergy either about getting married here or to check whether you’re eligible to be married in the parish.
In recent years, the Church of England rules that govern where you can get married have changed. It will be possible to marry in one of our parish churches if you can prove that you meet any of the following criteria (known as qualifying connections):
- one of you was baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish
- one of you has at any time lived in the parish for six months or more
- one of you has at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for six months or more and is on the electoral roll (a list of people 16 or over who consider themselves members of the parish, who worship here regularly; they are eligible to join after attending public services for six months, if they intend to continue doing so)
- one of your parents has lived in the parish for six months or more during your lifetime
- one of your parents has regularly attended public worship here for six months and has been on the electoral roll
- either your parents or grandparents were married in the parish.
Our flower team would be delighted to arrange your wedding flowers. There are options for large pedestals, a vase in front of the altar and swags on pillars. We’ll try to obtain the flowers of your choice, but more unusual or exotic blooms are likely to incur greater costs.
Please note that your flowers will remain in church after your wedding for Sunday worship. To discuss your requirements, please contact Sarah Eadie, firstname.lastname@example.org.