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Can we marry here?

Will you marry me?  Can we marry here at Christ Church?  Wedding ceremony
Many people are worried about whether they are qualified to marry in church. In fact the Church of England has worked hard to makee sure that most people can marry in any church with which they have a connection. It may be that you live in the geographical parish of Christ Church, or worship at the church. But there are also many other forms of connection which mean that you can marry here. Please come and talk to our Parish Clerk if you have any questions, and you may also find it helpful to visit or websites for further information. If you wish to find your local parish church, parish boundaries are listed by post code at the Anglican Diocesan website.

Marriage by Banns as you plan your wedding it is really worth making sure than you have sorted out the legal preliminaries as early on as possible. This is not as terrifying as it sounds, and our Parish Clerk will talk you through what it means step by step. Part of the process normally includes the reading of Banns in the parish(es) where each of you lives. We will arrange with you to read the banns at Christ Church for the one who lives in our parish, but if one of you lives in another parish, 'away' Banns will need to be read in the parish where the other one lives. If you both live in Christ Church parish then only one set of Banns will need to be read.

Banns are read on three consecutive Sundays within three months of the marriage, and are valid only for three calendar months. At Christ Church we normally read the Banns at the beginning of the 10am Parish Eucharist - the dates will be arranged with you and written on the application form.
If 'away' banns need to be read you must contact the parish concerned and arrange for them to be read during the three months before the wedding (we can supply contact details for this). After the third reading you will need to collect from that parish the banns certificate (and pay the appropriate fee) and deliver it to the Parish Clerk at the Parish Centre as soon as possible.
Marriage by licence: in certain circumstances you may need to be married by licence. If this is the case, this is not complicated and the Parish Clerk will advise you on the steps you need to take. As with Banns this Licence is valid for three calendar months.
What if one or both of us has been divorced? Divorce - except in very specific circumstances - is not a barrier to getting married at Christ Church, and both the Parish Clerk and the clergy will be happy to talk to you about this.
What if we already have children or children from a previous relationship? This is no barrier at all to getting married at Christ Church, and we are eager to support you in building your family life. We recently celebrated a marriage with the baptism of children for the first time.


Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13, verses 4-7)