Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

You’re welcome to marry in the Church of England whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are christened and regardless of whether you go to church. It’s your church, and we welcome you!

It is your vicar’s duty to marry you, but also their privilege. When you choose to marry in a church, you are the hosts and the church is your guest. If you invite us to be part of your wedding, we would be delighted to accept.

A complication will only arise if one of you has been married before, or, if one of you is a foreign national, but there may still be a way forward. Talk to a vicar.

We're here for you

When you get married, you make a public declaration of life-long commitment to love each other faithfully and take on a whole new legal status as husband and wife.

It’s a considerable commitment to make. Around 85% of married couples agree: marriage is the most serious decision of your life!

The Church of England believes in marriage for the wellbeing of individuals and society.

If you’ve found 'the one', and you are committed to each other in every respect, there’s so much more adventure ahead. We’d be thrilled to be part of that adventure too.

Special day, special place

We want to make your wedding personal and memorable for you. Churches are special places and there are some things about a church wedding that you just can’t get anywhere else:

  • A spiritual dimension to your marriage.
  • Amazing vows.
  • The outstanding beauty and history of church buildings.
  • For some people, a church simply seems like the proper place to get married.

Thanks to a new law, you've now got more choice about which church to marry in. You can be involved in making lots of choices about your ceremony too.

How much will it cost?

The legal fees are set out on the Church of England website.

More information

For more information please contact Communications Team
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