If you are looking to get married – congratulations! The information below answers many of the common questions people have about where they can be married, but if you have any questions please contact Fr Luke.
Can I be married at Christ Church?
Weddings are governed by the law of the land and Church law. You need to check that neither you nor the person you hope to marry are subject to immigration controls and/or have overstayed your visa; and one of you is ‘connected’ to the parish according to the rules of the Church of England
If one of these criteria seems to be a problem in your case, don’t panic. Read the information below and feel free to contact us if you need to know more. We will require documentary proof of these things and may have to refer you to other agencies or authorities (such as the Registrar or the Home Office) in case of doubt, particularly with regard to immigration status.
What is a ‘parish’?
Each Church of England Church serves an area called a parish. It has fixed boundaries and you can check which parish you live in by visiting http://www.achurchnearyou.com/ and searching with your postcode. Because of the variety in size and shape of parishes, the Church of England Church you are nearest may not be your parish Church, especially in large cities.
How much does it cost?
Please see the Church of England table of fees.
Banns of Marriage
Banns of marriage must be read if you are married in church. They are an opportunity for someone to raise legal objections to a marriage, e.g., one of the couple is too young. If you wish to marry at Christ Church or you live in the parish but are getting married elsewhere in most cases you will be required have your Banns ‘read’ at Christ Church. Please contact us to arrange an appointment to do the necessary paperwork.
Please see Fr Luke for further information on Banns of Marriage and for the Banns of Marriage application form.
What preparation is required?
Marriage is a wonderful and important part of your life. If you want to be married at Christ Church you will be asked to make a commitment to regular worship as part of your preparation for Christian Marriage. You will be shown how the service works and how to prepare a service booklet. There will also be a full rehearsal in the week before your wedding.