Seven steps to a heavenly wedding

Seven steps to a heavenly weddingFrom your first contact with us to your first anniversary and beyond, we’re here for you at every step.

Most church weddings follow a similar planning pattern, which typically has seven simple steps. Your vicar will help and advise along the way:-

  1. Find a church
    Find your local church and the vicar’s contact details. If you want to marry in a different church, read more to find out how that might be possible.
  2. Call the vicar
    Let your vicar know your good news as soon as you can and the three of you can fix a time to discuss what happens next.
  3. Space to think
    Before your wedding, your vicar may invite you to an event to help prepare you for married life together. Many couples appreciate the time and space to think about the vows and the difference they will make.
  4. Banns
    Banns are announcements in church of your intention to marry and a chance for anyone to put forward a reason why the marriage may not lawfully take place. On these occasions, everyone in your church will also be praying for you. It can be very special and moving, so do go along if you can.
  5. Rehearsal
    Near your wedding day, perhaps a day or two before, you will usually have the opportunity to rehearse the ceremony with those who are involved.
  6. The Big Day
    Your vicar will do all he or she can to make the day a personal, meaningful and spiritual experience for you and your guests.
  7. First anniversary and beyond
    Your local church will always be there for you throughout your marriage if you need it. Even if your local church is not the place where you married, they would be delighted to mark your first anniversary by praying for you both. All you have to do is ask.

Also in this section

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
Booking a church
Meeting the vicar
Wedding ceremony words
Wedding blessings
Preparing for marriage
Marriage after divorce
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?
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