Experience suggests that there are a lot of people who think they are not allowed to get married in church because they don't attend church.  This is not true.  There are certain legal restrictions, but it's easier to marry in church than might first seem the case.  If we can help, we will!

English law states clearly that marriage is a legally-recognised relationship between two people and is intended for life.  Orthodox Christian faith recognises marriage as between one man and one woman, and it is illegal for Church of England ministers to officiate at services for same-sex couples.  The other legal restrictions are pretty much as follows:

People under the age of 16 are not permitted to marry, and under 18s only with parental consent.
People may not marry anyone who is more closely related than first cousin.

If you believe you are able to be married in the benefice, click the following links for more information:

I or my future spouse live in the parish in which we intend to get married.

Neither of us live in the parish in which we intend to get married.

We live in the benefice but want to get married in a parish church somewhere else.

How much do church weddings cost?

You might also like to look at our Marriage Matters programme.

Just-married couple

Link to Church of England's special wedding website

Please note not all the services listed on the Church of England site will necessarily be available in this benefice. Contact the Rector for detailed local information.