Planning on getting married?
Congratulations! Our churches have been special places for many couples who have exchanged vows. We can also offer blessings and prayer services for couples who have had a civil ceremony elsewhere or a renewal of vows.
A wedding or blessing is one of life’s great moments, a time of solemn commitment, celebration and joy. We ask for God’s blessing on a couple in good times and in bad and commit ourselves to praying and encouraging them in the days and years ahead of them.
The first step is to contact with the clergy to discuss your plans.
This website can help you plan your church wedding: Your Church Wedding >
There are certain things that must happen in a church wedding to ensure the marriage complies with UK civil and church law. You can find out about this here: legal requirements >
To find out whether you live in our parish then enter your address here: achurchnearyou.com >
We already live together and/or have children – is this a problem?
No, this is not a problem, we celebrate all healthy relationships and would love to perform your wedding.
What are ‘banns’ and do we need them?
Yes, all couples getting married need to have their banns read at 3 Sunday services within the 3 months prior to the wedding. Banns are an announcement 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. They are an ancient legal tradition and have been read out every week in churches across the land for millions of couples, over many centuries. If for some reason it isn’t possible then it requires an application for a special license. You can find out more here.
We are a gay couple – can we get married in your church?
Sadly, the Church of England is not yet legally allowed to perform gay marriages. We want people of all sexualities and genders to be welcome in our churches in Benwell & Scotswood so we offer services of prayer and celebration. Just like any couple, begin by contacting one of the clergy to discuss your plans.
I am divorced, can I get married in your church?
Yes, this is possible. There are certain guidelines when this is the case, but we are very happy to walk you through this. Just contact the clergy to discuss your plans.
We don’t live in your parish – can we still get married in your church?
Yes, but there are certain legal criteria. To get married in a parish church you need to meet one of the the following criteria:
1. One or both of you should live in that parish.
2. One or both of you should be a member of the parish electoral roll (to join the electoral roll you have worshipped regularly in one of our churches for at least 6 months)
3. One or both of you should have something called a ‘qualifying connection’. Essentially it means, at any point, yourself, a parent, grandparent, or godparent has:
lived in the parish for at least 6 months;
or has attended worship in the parish for at least 6 months;
or was baptised, confirmed, or married in the parish.
We're sorry this can be a bit complicated, but will always try our best to find that connection and help you through the bureaucracy.