- Written by Tony Gowers
Finding a venue is an important part of planning for a wedding, but choosing your local church means so much more than just getting married in an historic building. A wedding in the Church of England is an opportunity to make a commitment to your partner in the presence of your friends and family and before God. You will also have the support and guidance of the church minister as you prepare for your big day.
Getting Married in Church
If you are interested in getting married in one of the churches in the Benefice of St Bartholomew, please get in touch with Rev'd Richard (click here for his contact details). Just like reception venues, churches can get booked up a long way in advance.
You are entitled to get married in your parish church or a church which you attend regularly. You may also be able to get married in a church with which you or your family have a strong connection.
For more information about getting married in church, visit the Church of England Wedding web site.
As part of the commitment to strengthening marriages, the Benefice offers marriage preparation courses. This one-day course is usually held in early Spring each year, and gives practical help and encouragement to couples who are married or engaged. The course is a great opportunity to spend time talking with your partner about your life and relationship. The sessions are usually arranged so that you do not have to discuss things with anyone other than your partner if you would prefer not to.
For some quick stress busters and a relationship quiz as well as resources to help you prepare for your marriage, visit the Prepare for Marriage web site.