Saturday, 10 May 2014

Marriage Monday: The Great Church Search



Hey everyone, its Marriage Monday! So anyone who is married or is getting married knows that one of your first big decisions is WHERE you will actually be married. With parks, hotels, aeroplanes, submarines and many scenic beaches and mountain tops licensed for civil ceremonies, you are no longer restricted to the traditional venues. That being said Paul and I have decided that we both want our ceremony to be held in a church.

You think its easy to get married in a church.....well your wrong! First below is the list offered by the church of England as to how you qualify to get married in a church:-

That one of you: 
  • has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
  • was baptised in the parish concerned or
  • was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
  • has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
  • has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
  • has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents or grandparents:
  • was married in the parish

Some of you may be thinking "that's not so bad" but there is more. If you have been divorced then this can cause a huge problem. The church can no longer discriminate against divorcees as a whole but leaves this up to the vicars discretion. It is so difficult to find a vicar that is open minded. After all divorce is not a rarity and no divorce or marriage is the same. 

We have found the perfect Wedding venue but we are still searching for the right church. I have a lot of family and we have a fair few friends too, therefore a small country church just isn't big enough, we will need to travel to the church so parking is a must, we don't want our guests to have to travel too far between venues after all many of them will have been travelling for 3+ hours to get to Kent. 

So we are frantically looking at churches online and calling vicars to see if it is possible to marry there. As soon as we have found one I will let you know.

Take care x

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