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Being a witness

Being a witnessAll Church of England weddings legally require two witnesses so, if you’ve been asked to be a witness, your role is absolutely essential.

Witnesses might have another role in the marriage ceremony, such as the best man or a bridesmaid, or, being a witness might be your only role in the ceremony.

As a witness, you must be present when the bride, groom make the declarations and exchange vows.  After the marriage has taken place the vicar and the couple sign the marriage register, and you are required to sign it too.

Along with the others, your signature finalises the legal paperwork for the marriage. Virtually any responsible adult can be a witness – all that’s required of you is being capable of writing a signature, and understanding what you have signed.

Most witnesses are adults, but occasionally, a witness may be under 18. It is for the vicar taking the wedding to check this is acceptable in a particular case.

Also in this section

Our wedding was a gift from our guests
Being an usher
The rehearsal
Your children are welcome
Praying for the happy couple
Options for ‘giving the bride away’
Welcoming children
Doing a reading
Being a bridesmaid
What to expect as a guest
Being a ‘best man’
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