Rules of Church Weddings Relaxed

Church leaders have decided to relax the current laws which previously prevented couples from marrying in a church where they don’t have a “qualifying connection” to the parish.


Church of England marriages have dropped over the last 10 years by 40 per cent to around 55,000 marriages per year. Leaders are hoping that this change in the law will help to entice couples to marry in churches rather than having civil ceremonies in country houses, stately homes and hotels.

Rules Difficult to Justify

Church officials admitted that the old rules were difficult to justify and excluded people unnecessarily. Now brides and grooms-to-be will have greater freedom to choose a church which best suits their needs.

The change in regulation means that engaged couples can marry in idyllic churches rather than the church in their parish.

Churches Likely to be in Demand

Churches used in films, TV shows or where celebrities have married are likely to be in high demand. A few that may be in demand are…

  • The church where Piers Morgan and Celia Walden married last month, St Mary’s Church in Swinbrook, Oxfordshire.
  • St Mary the Virgin in Turville, Buckinghamshire, the setting for The Vicar of Dibley.
  • St Mary’s Church in Nether Alderley, Cheshire, used for weddings in Coronation Street.

Image Courtesy of Matt Pereira Photography


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