Getting Married at St Luke’s
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We would be delighted to explore with you the possibility of holding your wedding at St. Luke’s and we are very committed to helping you have a wonderful day, and also a happy and fulfilling married life together.
If you live in our parish you have a right by law to get married in St Luke’s, unless you have been previously married.
If you do not live in the parish, then you can qualify to get married by the following criteria:
- If one of you was baptised or confirmed here.
- If one of you has ever lived in the parish for six months or more.
- If one of you has at any time regularly attended public worship there for six months.
- There is the right to marry in a parish in which one of your parents have lived for six months or more in the couple’s lifetime.
- There is also the right to marry in a parish church where your parents have regularly attended worship in the couple’s lifetime.
- Couples may also marry in a parish church where your parents or grandparents were married.
If none of these criteria applies to you, then you can qualify to marry in St. Luke’s by making it your habitual place of worship. In other words, you would be expected to attend church at least twice a month for a period of six months. Following that you can then apply to join the electoral roll, which would then make you eligible to marry at St. Luke’s, since it would now be considered your place of worship. To become a member of the church you do have to be baptised. If you are not baptised, we would be delighted to explore this with you.
Marriage Preparation Classes
Not only are we committed to ensuring that you have a very special and memorable wedding day, we are also keen to help you prepare for married life. To this end we run a wedding preparation course dealing with the following:
- Commitment through the stages and changes of life
- Conflict in marriage and its resolution
- The Christian understanding of marriage and love
- A full rehearsal and study of the actual wedding service including the vows, promises, tradition and symbols
Our Marriage Preparation Classes not only allow you time to think and reflect but enable you to meet with other couples and get to know some of the key people involved in your wedding day. The classes are held in the church which creates a lovely atmosphere too.
Wedding Blessings at St. Luke’s following a Civil Ceremony
If you are getting married at a register office or abroad, or at another location such as a country club, golf course or manor house, for example, then why not come to St. Luke’s to have your marriage blessed by God? Wedding blessings do not require any residency qualifications. In other words, technically, people living anywhere in the world could have their wedding blessed in our church with all the accompanying memories and beautiful photographs.
Renewal of Marriage Vows and Significant Anniversaries
For many people, reaching a significant anniversary in the life of their marriage is a real achievement and warrants a special celebration. At St. Luke’s we are very committed to supporting and upholding the gift of married life. If you are approaching a significant anniversary, you might like to consider a Renewal Service where you would be invited to stand in front of the altar and repeat the promises that you once made at your wedding . Children and grandchildren can act as bridesmaids and pageboys; the same hymns can be sung and special music can be played either on the organ or CD player. This can be a wonderful and memorable occasion which not only brings everybody together, but strengthens and renews the bonds of love and marriage.
Marriage after Divorce
Where one person has been married before and the previous partner is still alive normally a Service of Prayer & Dedication after a Civil Marriage is offered, though in exceptional circumstances a full church wedding may be possible under the latest Church of England guidelines.
For information about getting married at St Luke’s please contact the Vicar, Reverend Caroline Glass on 01892 521374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org