Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage! We're here to help and support you, whatever stage you’re at with your planning.

To ensure the marriage complies with both UK Civil and Church law, there are certain aspects of a church wedding that must be fulfilled.

Reading of Banns - Most Church of England marriages will require banns to be published before the wedding can take place. Read more about what's special and important about banns.

Time of wedding - To be legal the wedding must take place between 8am and 6pm on any day.

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.

It is now much easier to marry in a church that has a special connection for you, even it is not in your own local parish. Here’s how.

Guidelines for Divorcees - There are special guidelines on marriage in the church if you are divorced. There may well be a way forward, so please get in touch to explore the possibilities for you. Read more about it here.

Licences - There are some circumstances in which you may need a Special Licence, Common Licence or a Superintendent Registrar’s Certificate to marry in church. Your Vicar will let you know if these apply to you.