Getting married in church

Under current rules, weddings can go ahead, but only with 6 people in attendance. Government guidance recommends that: “Where possible, these should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.” A proposed roadmap related to when restrictions may be eased for weddings can be found here.

Getting married in church

If you are planning to get married, then why not consider a church wedding?

Thousands of couples make their vows to each other in the lovely setting of a parish church every year. There is much more choice today about which church you can get married in  and church weddings are not as expensive as many people think.

You are welcome to marry in the Church of England whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are christened and regardless of whether you go to church or not. It’s your church, and we welcome you!

So, why choose a church wedding?

  • Churches are special places with a long history in the community and offer outstanding beauty.
  • A church wedding will add a spiritual dimension to your marriage. God and your church are there for you to support you as you make your vows together.
  • The Vicar will help you to have a special wedding that 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.
  • Churches can be described as 'peaceful', 'serene', or having an atmosphere that makes marrying there a particularly special experience.

How do you get started?

  • Find your local vicar here.
  • Find your local church here
  • Visit the Church of England Weddings project here.  There’s a ceremony planner, FAQs and lots of useful resources to help you plan your special day.
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