Getting married in church is a sign to friends, family and most importantly to one another that the couple are ready to make a public declaration of love and commitment in front of those who love them and are part of their life together, including God.
During the service couples make vows promising to love each other throughout their lifetime and stick together through thick and thin. The priest will ask for God’s blessing on the marriage and there will be readings, hymns, prayers and a short talk.
The Church of England have a brilliant central resource to point couples towards for all they need to plan a church wedding, from the legal aspects of marriage to a ceremony planner, and including frequently asked questions, visit www.yourchurchwedding.org.
When someone chooses to get married in your church it is a great opportunity to help them celebrate but also to make connections that could last beyond the service.
What can our church do to help?
A person’s wedding day is often one of the most memorable days in their life and over half of couples still choose to get married in a church so why not:
- Put together an attractive wedding pack for couples coming to you or make use of the ones provided centrally by the Church of England’s weddings project
- Encourage couples going to the NEC national Weddings Fair to visit the C of E stand there
- Make sure every couple has found the www.yourchurchwedding.org website
- Hold a meeting in your parish to see what other ideas you can come up with to make wedding couples and their families feel special.
The Church Support Hub
These web pages are a key resource for you and your church make the most of this occasion. Click here to visit the Church Support Hub.