Today more than a quarter of all marriages in England take place before God in the traditional setting of a Church of England church. You’re welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptised and whether or not you go to church. Couples can marry in their local church or a church with which they have a connection.
Contact your local vicar for more details or use the links below. If you’re not sure where your local church is or who the vicar is this website can help.
The Weddings Project
The Diocese of Canterbury is participating in The Weddings Project – a national Church initiative to enhance ministry to couples getting married in churches.
The number of church weddings in Canterbury Diocese has increased in recent years – a trend which is echoed across the country.
Figures from Canterbury Diocese show an increase in weddings from 2009 (618) to 2010 (1156). Figures for 2011 are expected to be even higher.
The increase in church weddings may in part be down to the extensive work by the national ‘Weddings Project’ and the introduction of the 2008 ‘marriage Measure’.
What is the Weddings Project?
The ‘Weddings Project’ seeks to attract more couples to get married in churches and raises the profile that the Church of England as an enthusiastic supporter of marriage. The project, which churches across the diocese have signed up to, is supported by a website www.yourchurchwedding.org which was used by 300,000 couples last year.
The Weddings Project was commissioned by the Archbishops’ Council in 2007. Through extensive research with 410 couples and 170 clergy it has revealed a real appetite among the people of England, for a flexible, sensitive and authentic ministry from the clergy at the time of the marriage. The research has confounded many of our presuppositions including the idea that the “unchurched” look first and foremost for a pretty church. The reality is that they are looking for someone, the minister who will articulate something of promise, of life-long commitment, of a God who does indeed care and love.
In the light of their initial research, the Project team have developed online and paper resources to back up what is emerging as established good practice. The aim of the Project is to share these resources and further develop good practice by working with the clergy who frequently preside at weddings and have the potential for substantial ministry in this area.
Last year, a training day for The Weddings Project was held at Seasalter Christian Centre, and proved very popular.
What resources are available to us?
To order resources which will require posting, please email Marilyn Shrimpton on firstname.lastname@example.org stating how many you would like so that she can tell you how much postage will cost and charge you accordingly.
There are also digital resources here including banners for your website.