The Church of England, along with the Church in Wales, and several other churches around the world, forms part of the tradition of Anglicanism, one of the principal strands of Christianity. This article provides you with an introduction to Anglican Church Weddings and is the perfect place to start for those looking to tie the knot in the Church or England or Church in Wales.
Each year around 60,000 couples in the UK marry in Anglican Church weddings and through recent changes to the qualifying connections in the Church of England, this figure could well rise in the coming years. Rather than being restricted to just a handful of churches, couples marrying in the Church of England and Church in Wales are now free to choose from a much broader range, allowing them to hold Anglican Church weddings in a church where they, or a member of their family, have a special connection.
Consequently, couples tying the knot in a Church of England or Church in Wales wedding are welcome to be married in a church within a parish as long as any of the following conditions exist:
The Bride or Groom's parents were married within the parish
The Bride or Groom's grandparents were married within the parish
The Bride or Groom was baptised, or prepared for confirmation, within the parish
The Bride or Groom has lived in the parish for 6+ months (at any stage of their lives)
The Bride or Groom has regularly attended public worship in the parish for 6+ months (at any stage of their lives)
The Bride or Groom's mother and/or father have lived in the parish for 6+ months (during their child’s lifetime)
The Bride or Groom's mother and/or father have regularly attended public worship in the parish for 6+ months (during their child’s lifetime)
If you do have any questions on the above, don't be afraid to ask your local Church Minister. They will be more than used to fielding such questions and will be more than happy to help.
As soon as a couple have decided which of the qualifying Churches they wish to wed in, the next step is to make an appointment with the relevant Church Minister. The Minister will examine the background to the marriage and suggest the most appropriate step for beginning the arrangements. For more information on arranging Anglican Church weddings, be sure to check out our guide to the arrangement of Church of England/Church in Wales wedding ceremonies.
Once the arrangements for the marriage have been put in place, the couple can then begin to think about other aspects of Church weddings; the order of service, hymns, readings and vows for example. More information on each, alongside answers to the most frequently asked questions can be found elsewhere on the site in a series of dedicated articles.
For those of you wanting to find out more, we've a whole host of other wedding ceremony articles on our site packed full of expert information and helpful advice, not to mention our online wedding directory that's filled with wedding venues, florists, decor suppliers and more.