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Getting Married in Church

A marriage service, wherever it is held, is a public declaration of love and commitment to your partner. If you choose to get married in a Church of England church, there is an added dimension - the assurance that God cares about your relationship and that his resources and strength are available to help you. We hope the various resources here will help you as you explore what the Church has to offer for those wishing to be married.

Having decided you want a church wedding, the first thing to do is to talk to your vicar or parish priest. The vicar or minister of your local church will also be pleased to help you choose the right readings and hymns for your wedding service. But we have included some suggestions here for you to consider. As well as readings from the Bible, she or he may be happy for you to include a suitable non-religious reading.


For details of your parish, visit Find Your Church or A Church Near You.

 Marriage Preparation
If you are wanting to prepare yourselves for married life and your church does not offer a course of marriage preparation, why not book a weekend away with Anglican Engaged Encounter.  

Engaged Encounter offers a free weekend for the two of you to spend time together, away from the busyness of wedding preparations, to talk about some of the issues that you will be faced with throughout your married life.  And the best time to think about them and share how you think they will affect you is before you are married. 

To find out more go to the website:

There is a Church of England website called Your Church Wedding which gives lots of information, ideas and facts about getting married in church. Click here to go to the website.

Click here for a list of Deanery and Diocesan Surrogates.

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