Currently 22% of weddings take place in the Church of England. Yet 53% of people think church weddings are "more proper"
54% of couples would like a church wedding, either because they would like to make their commitment "before God" or because they would like a "traditional" wedding. But many couples assume it is not an option for them. Since October 1st 2008 however the rules have been relaxed and the following now stands. (source: Church Times)
For a wedding by Banns the following must apply:
- Both parties have British citizenship
Then one of the following must apply
- One party is resident in St. Giles with St. Matthew parish (See below for a map) or has regularly worshipped at one of these churches for 6 months and joined the Electoral Roll.
- One of the parties was baptised in the parish
- One was prepared for confirmation in the parish
- One of them has at any time lived in the parish for at least 6 months
- One of them at any time has regularly attended normal church services in the parish for at least 6 months
- One of their parents has lived in the parish for at least 6 months (in the bride/bridegrooms lifetime)
- One of their parents has regularly attended normal church services in the parish for at least six months (in the bride/bridegrooms lifetime)
- One of their parents or grandparents was married in the parish
If none of the above applies a couple can still marry in St. Giles or St. Matthew's church by special licence.
It is also possible to marry divorcees who qualify as above but you must first contact the vicar for a discussion.
Please pick up a wedding enquiry form from the church after the main Sunday service (10am at St. Giles or 11am at St. Matthew).