Guide to Church Weddings

Church weddings are still very popular and your local parish church should be able to help you plan for that special day.
You cannot ‘pick’ which church you want to get married in at the present time and some denominations are more strict than others. But the Church of England due to a change in the law have relaxed the criteria on which church you can get married at. You will find this information below.
For Catholics I have added a link to their site for more information.
We have over 160 churches on our database at our ‘sister site’ the Leicestershire & Rutland Church Journal where you can see the church and the interiors to give you in-depth information on planning your special day – and more churches are being added every month and we hope to include all places of worship.

Your Guide to Church Weddings

With over 400 churches, chapels and other religious buildings in the two counties there are plenty of beautiful places to get married in – but there are certain rules and laws. In the case of the Church of England you can of course get married in your own parish church. But what if you want to get married in another church which has a special significance for you?

As long as you can show that you have at least ONE connection with the parish as below you could marry there instead.
You can marry in a Church of England church if one of you can show:

  • has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
  • was baptised in the parish concerned or
  • was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
  • has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
  • That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
  • has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
  • has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
  • That one of your parents or grandparents were married in the parish
  • To find out more follow the links below

Church of England Wedding Website

Church Wedding vs Civil?

You should think carefully on whether a church wedding or civil wedding would be more appropriate. The church wedding is a religious ceremony with the traditional hymns etc. But a civil ceremony has no religious aspect. You can of course have a civil ceremony and then a blessing if one or more of you have religious beliefs. A blessing may also not have any reference to religion but may be a another way of symbolising a further commitment to each other. Civil wedding venues can usually host your ceremony and reception at the same location making the whole day easier to plan with less travelling for you and the guests. These are licensed premises by the Registrar and you will find a list of them for Leicestershire & Rutland here. Church weddings however are usually less expensive with approximate costs of around £350 and the traditional aspect of a church wedding is still very popular for many reasons.