Marrying in church at St. Aidan or St. Leonard’s Church is as personal, meaningful and spiritual just as you want it to be. Churches are special and unique places to get married in – the prayers, promises and the whole service of celebration become part of your marriage, on the day itself and beyond.
There are certain things that must happen in a church wedding to ensure your marriage complies with both UK civil and church law.
In marriage you take on a whole new legal status. We can advise and prepare you for your wedding day and everything must comply with all relevant UK and Church of England laws.
These are the main legal points to consider before you begin planning:-
You must be old enough
If you are under 18 years old you will need your parents’ consent to marry and by law you can not be married in the UK until you are 16.
Marrying in a Church away from where you live
It’s possible to get married in a church that’s away from where you live if you have a certain kind of connection with it. We can explain what these ‘Qualifying Connections’ are.
There are special guidelines on marriage in the church if you are divorced. There may well be a way forward, but you will need to talk to us about your situation to explore the possibilities for you.
Documents you’ll need
All couples will need to show us their passport as proof of nationality. If you don’t have a passport, there are other documents which would be acceptable, just ask us about this.
If either or both of you are divorced, you will need to produce your decree absolute
You may also be asked to provide evidence of your connection to the church, such as utility bills which show you live or have lived in the parish, or your parents’ marriage certificate if they were married there, for example. We will guide you on acceptable documents for your particular connection.