YOUR SPECIAL DAY.
For such a special day, you want a special place. A church is so much more than a wedding venue. God will be there with you to bless you - on the day and always. It's a spiritual, personal and beautiful ceremony, a place where
people will pray for you, before, during and after the big day. You'll say ancient and amazing vows that you can only make in a church. It's a place that connects with your history and could become part of your future story too.
What you will need.
One of the couple needs to be a member of the Church of England and should live in the parish where the couple want to be married. This can be discussed with the vicar. The usual proof of your name, age, marital status, address, occupation and nationality is required.
The following Church of England website gives helpful information: www.yourchurchwedding.org
Publication of banns.
Banns of Marriage are a legal requirement for those to be married in church. If you live in the parish and are getting married at St Mark’s or at another church you will need to arrange these well in advance of the big day. For further information contact the Parish Office via email at Parishoffice@stmarkshighcliffe.org.uk or by phone message on 01425 277614.
The banns are read aloud in the church on three successive Sundays before the wedding and, if the couple live in different parishes, the banns must be read in both. You need to be resident in the parish for seven nights before the first Sunday of reading the banns right through to the last Sunday (a minimum of 22 nights) and the wedding must take place within three months of the banns being read.
The banns were originally a means of publicising the wedding to make sure no one had any objections, so if you are known by any name other than the one on your birth certificate you should give that one as well.
Q & A
Q - I am not really religious. A - You are still welcome to talk to us about a church wedding.
Q - We don't go to church. A - You can still have a church wedding
Q - One or both of us is not christened. A - You can have a church wedding whether you are christened or not.
Q - How much does it cost? A - For all that's legally required a church wedding costs less than £500.
Q - What if one or both of us is divorced. A - This may not be a bar to you getting married at St Mark's. Have a word with Rev Gill.
Marriage provisions of the Immigration Act 2014 is now in force.
Please see http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/207/contents/made