Here for you
With over 16,000 local churches the Church of England is a Christian presence in every community.
So the good news is that you have a local church and your church wants to prayerfully support your marriage. You don't have to be a churchgoer to benefit from this, and it doesn't matter if you don't marry there. All you need to do is ask.
But how do you know which is your local church? Well, the Church of England Weddings Team can help you with this.
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your names, the place you will marry, your home address(es) and wedding date and we will make sure you and your local church know about each other.
How can your church support you?
By praying. In the church we believe that God is alive, loves us and answers our prayers. So prayer is our greatest gift to you. Your church wishes you a lifetime of love that grows within God's protection. By praying, the people in your church will ask God to bless your Big Day and all the days after that.
By reading your banns. Your banns need to be read in the church where you will marry and in your local (parish) church, if that is in a different place. It is a time when your church will hear your names and pray for you and your forthcoming marriage. Many couples find this a moving and special occasion, so go along if you can.
By celebrating the good times. Your church would love to see you and pray for you on special occasions, such as your wedding anniversary. If you have children we would be happy to discuss their christening with you, if you feel this is something you would like to explore for your children.
By being there during difficulties. Life inevitably has its ups and downs. Churches can offer a confidential listening ear, friendship and prayer support if you need it.
By renewing your marriage vows. Many couples like the idea of renewing their marriage vows to celebrate a special anniversary, or to mark the end of a difficult time. The church offers a special service for this purpose, read more.