Congratulations! Marriage is one of the biggest decisions anybody will make in life, a time for you to cement your relationship with the person you love. But organising the wedding day can seem daunting, and making a go of married life an even greater challenge. We want to do all we can to make your wedding day special, and to help you prepare for a lifetime together.
Why get married in church?
A marriage service, wherever it is held, is a public declaration of love and life-long commitment to your partner. If you choose to get married in church, there is an added dimension – the assurance that God cares about your relationship and that his resources and strength are available to help you. Including God in your marriage doesn’t mean that you will avoid all the usual ups and downs, but you will know that you can look to God for help and guidance and that his love will sustain you. You will also have the support and encouragement of the Christian church family.
Who can get married in church?
God loves everyone, and Christian marriage is open to all those who ask for a Christian wedding: you do not need to be baptised or confirmed in the Church of England. Marriage in the Church of England must be between a man and a woman over the age of 18 years (or over the age of 16 if you have the written consent of your parents). You must not be married to anybody else, and may not be more closely related than first cousins. If one or both of you is not a national of the UK or Ireland and doesn’t hold settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme, having a Church of England wedding will involve some different paperwork and there are a number of things your vicar will need to talk to you about.
What if one of us is divorced?
In many cases it is now possible for divorced people to be married in the Church of England. Please talk to your vicar to discuss your options.
What if we are a same-sex couple?
The Church of England are currently exploring issues around gender and sexuality. At this moment in time we would welcome the chance to meet with you and offer prayers, but are not able to conduct same-sex weddings.
Which church can we get married in?
Following the change in wedding regulations by the Church of England Marriage Measures Act 2008 it is now possible for a couple to be married in a church that has a special meaning to them. Therefore, providing the church is available for a service, couples will be able to choose to get married in:
- their local parish
- the parish where they were baptised and/or confirmed
- a parish they have lived in for 6 months or more, at any time during their lives
- a parish they have attended worship in for at least 6 months
- the parish their parents lived or worshipped in (during the child’s lifetime)
- the parish their parents were married in
- the parish their grandparents were married in
You will need to provide evidence to support your qualifying connection.
How do we arrange a wedding?
To discuss your requirements for a wedding within the Benefice please contact Parish Administrator Sara Puddy [email protected]
Discover all you need to know about Church of England weddings and blessings at Your Church Wedding website
The talented team of flower arrangers ensure the church is appropriately decorated to support regular worship and to enhance festivals such as Easter, Harvest and Christmas.
They are also able to provide wedding flowers, subject to availability, and more details from:
East Huntspill Church: Sue Elsworth on 01278 786790
Mark Church: Heather Popham [email protected]
West Huntspill Church: Les Roper [email protected]