The good news is that from July 4th 2020, weddings have Government permission to happen again, but you’ll have to check the situation at your church to see what is possible there. Churches will want to open as soon as they can while keeping everyone as safe as possible.
Marrying in church is personal, meaningful, spiritual and beautiful, just as you want it to be.
The Church of England has a website dedicated to weddings where you can discover all you need to know about Church of England weddings and blessings. It is well worth spending some time on that website.
Meanwhile, before contacting the vicar, it would be helpful if you are aware of the following information.
IN WHICH CHURCH CAN YOU BE MARRIED?
Many people marry in their own local church, but you might like to marry in a different church because it has special significance for you through family or other connections.
It’s possible there are a number of churches that you can get married in legally, as a bride and groom-to-be can marry in a church away from where they live if either of them can show just one of seven connections with the parish.
These connections are as follows:
You can marry in a Church of England church if you can show that one of you:
That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
That one of your parents or grandparents:
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.
PLEASE NOTE ~ when reference is made to church services – i.e. attending normal church services - or to baptism, confirmation and marriage, this applies only to Church of England services.
SETTING A DATE FOR YOUR WEDDING
Whilst we will always try to accommodate your preferred date, we hope you will understand that this is not always possible.
There are a few things to discuss with the vicar before your wedding date can be confirmed at church, so make contact sooner rather than later.
It’s best to make this contact around the same time as you contact, or visit, your reception venue, so you can synchronise the dates. There are a number of important reasons to have this conversation in good time:
FILMING YOUR WEDDING
As well as considering a professional videographer, many of your guests may have cameras and/or phone cameras of their own too, and may share those recordings with others, for example on social networking sites. Regardless of who is doing the filming, there are legal considerations when filming a public event like a wedding, especially if musicians and music are part of the recording. This is because filming affects copyright and other performing rights of musicians, which could impact on the total cost of your wedding. Talk everything through with the vicar well ahead of time to make sure everything is in place for the big day.