Can a vicar from a different church take our wedding?

Can a vicar from a different church take our wedding?You might have a particular vicar in mind to take your wedding because of family or other connections. That’s usually possible to arrange, but the vicar of the marrying church will need to be involved.

Occasionally, couples have a member of the family or a friend who is a vicar, or know a vicar very well from a parish where they used to live, such as where they grew up.

As people move and live in different parts of the country more than they used to, the vicar who you’d love to take your wedding may be based elsewhere.

The first step is to talk to the vicar of the church where you would like to get married, who can advise you on the possibilities.

It is usually fine for a different vicar to come in to the parish of your marrying church and take the wedding, so long as they are a Church of England vicar, and so long as the vicar of the church is happy to arrange it. Discuss your plans with both vicars to make sure.

For legal reasons, a minister from another denomination (eg Methodist, Baptist, URC), is not able to do a Church of England wedding. But they can be involved in other ways, for example by doing the readings, prayers, or even the talk/sermon if the marrying vicar is happy with that.

Also in this section

We had our reception in church too
Our wedding was a gift from our guests
The rehearsal
Professional photography at a church wedding
Renewing your vows
Mixed faith marriages
When can I marry in church?
Your children are welcome
Praying for the happy couple
Reading of banns
Additional readings
Other music for your wedding
Information for same sex couples
Why marry in church?
More than a wedding venue
Booking a church
Meeting the vicar
Seven steps to a heavenly wedding
Wedding ceremony words
Wedding blessings
Preparing for marriage
Marriage after divorce
Wedding vows
Filming a wedding
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?
Special Licences
Common licences
Do we need a marriage licence?
Superintendent Registrar Certificates
Bible readings for your wedding
Choices for your wedding ceremony
Hymns for your wedding
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