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Marriages

We would love to help you as your prepare for marriage, and are happy to make it an individual experience which suits the two of you. We will be very pleased to help you with your wedding, provided that we are legally able to do so.

If one of you lives in the parish, we are able to marry you.

Otherwise, you can marry in one of our churches if you can show that one of you:

  • has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
  • was baptised (christened) in the parish concerned or
  • was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
  • has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months

or

That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:

  • has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
  • has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months

or

That one of your parents or grandparents:

  • was married in the parish

And did you know that if you move house, you’re immediately connected to the church there? That means you can marry in the church of your new parish.

In all cases involving church services – i.e. going to normal church services, baptism, confirmation or marriage – this applies only to Church of England services.

If you cannot demonstrate any of the above connections, you could create one, simply by attending your chosen church’s usual services at least once a month for six consecutive months. If you decide to do this, leave enough time after your attendance for the banns to be read before your wedding too – about another two months should be enough.

Talk to the Reverend Jim well in advance to discuss the options open to you.

If either of you has been divorced, please tell us immediately and we will arrange to talk it through with you before making a decision as to whether or not we are able to marry you in church.