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I don’t go to church – can I have a church wedding?

I don't go to church - can I have a church wedding?
Yes you can – there are a few legal requirements for getting married in church, but being a regular churchgoer is not one of them.

If all the basic legal requirements are met, you can get married in your local church, or one where you have a legally-recognised connection.

Sometimes, if a couple has no connection to a church but would love to marry there, a connection can be created with that church if they go along to its usual services for a period of six months. This is the only occasion when regularly attending the church would be required.

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Information for same sex couples
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Meeting the vicar
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Superintendent Registrar Certificates
Choices for your wedding ceremony
Countdown to your church wedding
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The cost of church weddings
Legal requirements
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