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What if we don't go to church?

You can still get married at any Church of England church if you or your parents have ever lived locally or attended for at least 6 months. Visit any Sunday to see what you think.

When can we have the wedding?

With a few months' notice, you can choose any time from 10am to 6pm on Saturdays and bank holidays or between 1pm and 4pm on Sundays.

Will we need marriage preparation?

We ask you to meet with the vicar and attend our Life Explored course (or similar elsewhere) to understand the Christian context of your wedding. Here's a brief introduction to Christianity.

How much does it cost?

The Church of England charges about £500 (in 2022) to cover legal fees and staff time, as a not-for-profit charity. There are no extra charges but we leave it to you arrange flowers and musicians. You are very welcome to use our halls and car park free of charge. 

Does residence or nationality matter?

If either partner is not British or lives outside England, Ireland and Wales, we are required to apply for a licence. This is so that the marriage will be recognised elsewhere. For application forms phone 0207 2225381 10am-4pm Mon-Fri ely.registry@1thesanctuary.com

What about remarriage after divorce?

Marriage breakdown can happen to anyone and sometimes it can be right to remarry. We prefer to leave that decision to you and treat all couples the same, so we offer a service of prayer and dedication after civil marriage, free of charge.

What about same-sex marriage?

The Church of England is not legally authorised to conduct same-sex weddings or blessings, but we would very much like to meet and support you, and you are warmly welcome at any of our church activities. Here are some "Christian and gay" life stories and FAQs

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