You’ve decided to become husband and wife and you’d like to be married in your Parish Church. Everyone is pleased and wants the very best for you, as you start your life together. We welcome you, your family and friends and whether you wish to be married in All Saints, St Mildred or St Thomas, we will endeavour to do everything that we can to make sure that your Wedding Day is a day to remember.
This is a lifelong commitment; that’s why a good deal of thought and prayer will go into preparing you for it. Choosing to be married in Church means that you are expressing publicly that you want God to be involved in your Marriage. As you give love to one another you will start to open yourselves to receiving and experiencing God’s love – that is why we call Marriage a ‘Sacrament’. As you grow in commitment to one another, you will discover something of God’s self-sacrificing love as seen in the life of Jesus Christ. By bringing God’s loving presence into the very start of your married life, you bring a whole new dimension into your lives. God’s love transforms your relationship. His strength sustains you through joys and sorrows. Your Marriage in Church underlines and makes your commitment all the stronger and you start off married life, blessed by God and upheld by the prayers of your family and friends.
The choice is yours either Common Worship Service Book (2000) Marriage Service or the Book of Common Prayer (1662) Service of Holy Matrimony, Within the former there are many options, which can assist in making this a very special day. It is worth spending some time discussing the form of Service with the Vicar.