Getting married is a most important step in life and we look forward to helping you prepare for your marriage. We offer preparation mornings to which we invite couples who have booked their wedding with us.
Clergy also meet with each couple on other occasions to plan the service with you.
A Church Wedding?
Getting married in Church is one way we recognize the special importance of the day. This is not only because the Church is a beautiful building (although it is that, for it was built for the glory of God): there’s much more to it than that.
A Church service reflects both the solemn and the joyful aspects of your wedding day. Here we recognise that God himself is involved in building a lasting marriage. He cares for us all, and he wants your marriage to be a success. We are all His children, and He loves us and, like any good parent, He knows what we are really like and what will make us happy.
We recommend you take a look at this website for more information on having a wedding in church http://www.yourchurchwedding.org/
Can Anyone Be Married Here?
The law requires that, for you to be married in a parish church, one of you must have either a clear affiliation or commitment to that church. In practice this means is that if you want to be married here, the law says that one or both of you must –
- be a resident of one of our parishes – Dilton Marsh or Westbury, or
- have a strong family connection with the church or parish (contact the Team Office for further details of these), or
- be a member of our Church Electoral Roll (this is open to anyone who is baptized, is a regular attender at this Church), and has been so for a minimum of six months.
What if One of Us is Divorced?
Being divorced is no longer a bar as such to getting marriage in Church. There are, though, still some restrictions in certain cases. A member of the clergy will be pleased to talk to you about this, and explain more about it if you wish.
What Should We Do Next?
To book your wedding at any of the churches in the team or to arrange for Banns to be read please contact the Team Office.