Today more than a quarter of all marriages in England between a man and a woman take place in the traditional setting of a Church of England church. You're welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptised and whether or not you go to church.
Thinking of a church wedding?
Congratulations! if you are just starting to think about a church wedding! Visit our weddings site to check the legal aspects of getting married in church, and find out all about planning your ceremony. And, there are more churches to choose from than ever before.
Seven steps to a heavenly wedding
From your first contact with us to your first anniversary and beyond, we’re here for you at every step.
1. Find a church
Find your local church and the Vicar’s contact details on www.achurchnearyou.com. If you want to marry in a different church see information on a new law that opens up more
choices for where you can marry.
2. Call the Vicar
Let your Vicar know your good news as soon as you can and the three of you can fix a time to discuss what happens next.
3. Space to think
Before your wedding, your Vicar may invite you to an event to help prepare you for married life together. It’s a no-obligation invitation, but one that many couples appreciate. It provides time and space to think about the vows and the difference
they will make.
Banns are announcements in church of your intention to marry and a chance for anyone to put forward a reason why the marriage may not lawfully take place. On these occasions, everyone in your church will also be praying for you. It can be very special and moving, so go along if you can.
Near your wedding day, perhaps a day or two before, you will usually have the opportunity to rehearse the ceremony with those who are involved.
6. The Big Day
Your Vicar will do all he or she can to make the day a personal, meaningful and spiritual experience for you and your guests.
7. First Anniversary and beyond
Your local church will always be there for you throughout your marriage if you need it. Even if your local church is not the place where you married, they would be delighted to mark your first anniversary by praying for you both. All you have to do is ask.