Wedding enquiries are always welcome and will be promptly answered.
You qualify to marry in one of the churches of the Benefice if:
a. you live in the parish (at an address which is your permanent place of residence)
b. you are on the church electoral roll (as a regular worshipping member of the church in which you wish to be married)
c. you can be granted an Archbishop's Special Licence (in certain circumstances)
and now, under the new Marriage Measure 2008,
a. if you can prove a Qualifying Connection with the parish in any of these ways:
1. I was baptised in the parish (by a Church of England service/form of baptism)
2. I have been confirmed (by a Church of England service) and my confirmation is entered in a register belonging to a church or chapel in the parish
3. My parent or grandparent was married in the parish by a Church of England service
4. I have had my usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months*
5. My parent has had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months during my lifetime*
6. I have habitually attended public worship at Church of England services in the parish for at least 6 months **
7. My parent has habitually attended public worship at Church of England services in the parish for at least 6 months during my lifetime**
* and ** - see notes at the start of the Qualifying Connection application form
Please note that if either of you has been divorced, and has a previous marriage partner still living (or a previous civil partner), a marriage in church may be possible, but is not automatic It is at the discretion of the parish priest and after discussions with both of you.
Order of Service
A typical Order of Service might be:
The Arrival of the Bride
Preface & Declarations
The Blessing of the Marriage
Signing the Registers
Bride & Groom Depart
You will be able to discuss the sort of service you want with the Minister who will take the wedding. You should not print any Order of Service until you have agreed the contents with the Minister.