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Congratulations first on deciding to get married, and second on considering  St. Peter’s for the occasion! We will do all that we can to make this the happiest and most memorable day of your life. You may be able to have your wedding at St.Peter’s if you satisfy the legal requirements, live within the parish boundaries or have a ‘qualifying connection’ with the parish, namely:

  • You were baptised in the parish (by a Church of England service/form of baptism)
  • You have been confirmed (by a Church of England service) and your confirmation is entered in a register belonging to a church or chapel in the parish
  • Your parent or grandparent was married in the parish by a Church of England service
  • You have had your usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months*
  • Your parent has had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months during my lifetime*
  • You have habitually attended public worship at Church of England services in the parish for at least 6 months **
  • Your parent has habitually attended public worship at Church of England services in the parish for at least 6 months during your lifetime**

* This can apply whether or not you or your parent(s) are still resident in the parish

** This can apply whether or not you or your parent(s) are still attending worship in the parish

 Marriage after divorce

The Church of England teaches that marriage is for life. It also recognizes that some marriages sadly do fail and, if this should happen, it seeks to be available for all involved. The Church accepts that, in exceptional circumstances, a divorced person may marry again in church during the lifetime of a former spouse.

Some priests may be willing to take such a marriage, others may not be prepared to do so, on grounds of conscience, and may not allow the use of their church either. The law of the land permits them this choice. The Rector of St. Peter’s will want to help you but does not, in conscience, feel able to offer a wedding to couples where one or both of the partners has been divorced. Please note also the law forbids a person who has entered into a civil partnership to enter into a marriage while the civil partnership is still subsisting.

Even if it is not possible to do your wedding, A Service of Prayer and Dedication After a Civil Wedding may be offered. This is very similar to the wedding service, and can be a joyful and memorable occasion tailored to your needs.

                                                                                                                                                        

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