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Booking a church

Booking a churchThere are a few things to discuss with the vicar before your wedding date can be confirmed at a church, so make contact sooner rather than later to ensure you can synchronise the date with your reception venue.

Once you know which church you’d like to marry in, give the vicar a call to tell them your good news and when you’d ideally like to get married.

To contact your special church, if you don’t already know the vicar, use the search box below to find a church in a particular area.


Or, if the church isn’t too far away, you could also go along to a Sunday service and see the vicar there – that’s a good chance to see what the church is like in use if you haven’t been there before.

It’s best to make this contact around the same time as you contact or visit your reception venue, so you can synchronise the dates. There are a couple of important reasons to have this conversation in good time.

  • It will ensure the vicar has time to advise you about the legal requirements for marrying at the church – some circumstances require legal preliminaries that take time to process.
  • Churches can become booked up for weddings several months in advance, or there could be other things happening like community events at the church on or around your preferred date.

When you first make contact with a church, as well as discussing practical things like dates, it will be the start of a special relationship, particularly with the vicar if you don’t already know them.

Their personal attention, advice and support will help you create the wedding of your dreams and offer you everything that being connected to a church can mean, not just for your wedding, but also well beyond the big day.

  • The vicar will be delighted to hear from you and will want to meet you both. They may ask a couple of questions about the basic legal requirements. It may even be possible to set the date then if all seems well and the church is free on your preferred date.
  • The first meeting with the vicar will help them confirm the basic requirements and give you a chance to ask questions.
  • Keep in touch with the church by going along to services from time to time if you can, just as you might go along to your reception venue for a meal. You will always be welcome and will be able to get to know the people there. Don’t worry if you don’t hear from your church until closer to your wedding day – they will be in touch, and you can contact them at any time if you have questions.

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Mixed faith marriages
When can I marry in church?
Your children are welcome
Information for same sex couples
Why marry in church?
More than a wedding venue
Meeting the vicar
Seven steps to a heavenly wedding
Wedding ceremony words
Wedding blessings
Preparing for marriage
Marriage after divorce
Can Catholics marry in the Church of England?
If you live abroad
My partner believes in God but I’m not sure – can I have a church wedding?
I’m not christened – can I have a church wedding?
Information for foreign nationals
How do I find my parish church for reading banns?
Can a vicar from a different church take our wedding?
Special Licences
Common licences
Do we need a marriage licence?
Superintendent Registrar Certificates
Choices for your wedding ceremony
Countdown to your church wedding
Can I marry in church?
I don’t go to church – can I have a church wedding?
Finding a church
The cost of church weddings
Legal requirements
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