Marrying in church is personal, meaningful and spiritual just as you want it to be. Churches are special and unique places to get married in - the prayers, promises and the whole service of celebration become part of your marriage, on the day itself and beyond.
Lots of 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.
You can get married in a church even if you've never been to it before. You can find your nearest church on the Church of England's church finder website A Church Near You. This will also help you find out about contacting your local vicar - an important first step in finding out about and organising a church wedding.
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.
The Church of England has lots of information on its website Your Church Wedding, including ideas about choosing hymns, suggested Bible readings, and answers any questions you may have about getting married in church.
A church is so much more than a venue for your wedding. Unique and special things become part of your marriage, on the day itself and beyond:-
A church wedding will add a spiritual dimension to your marriage. The ceremony includes God and looks to him for help and guidance. God’s blessing is the main attraction for many couples, whatever their beliefs.
You can make amazing vows, or promises, in a church. You can only make vows this big in a church. These vows, made in public, will help you to stay together and grow together. God and your church are there for you to help you keep your vows.
The Vicar has a very particular role to play in your wedding. They can blend ancient tradition and modern experience to reflect your story. Because of the relationship with the Vicar, your wedding can be made personal, memorable, meaningful and beautiful.
Church buildings offer outstanding beauty. Old or new, intimate or grand, our over 400 churches, the majority of the ancient and listed buildings they offer centuries of history.
Imagine all the couples who have married in your local church, some of whom may well be your family. You can feel you’re becoming part of history itself, the bigger plan, by marrying in the same place as your relatives. We know these sorts of connections can make your day even more special.
You can be involved in making choices about your ceremony. You can even use our online ceremony planner to get you started.
For some people, a church simply seems like the proper place to get married. Churches can be described as ‘peaceful’, ‘serene’, or having an atmosphere that makes marrying there a particularly special experience.
And after your wedding, the church is not just a wedding venue but somewhere you can come to for support - We’ll always be here for you.
Your Wedding Day is also the beginning, not the end. Church of England vicars can also offer renewal of vows or a blessing if you have been married elsewhere, something which is increasingly popular with couples.
Most of us remember to celebrate our wedding anniversary year by year. It can be a great idea to go back to the church where you were married for a Sunday service around that date. The vicar and the church community would love to see you again.