Why get married in church ?
A marriage service, wherever it is held, is a public declaration of love and commitment to your partner. If you choose to get married in church, there is an added dimension – the assurance that God cares about your relationship and that God’s resources and strength are available to help you. Including God in your marriage doesn’t mean that you will avoid all the usual ups and downs, but you will know that you can look to God for help and guidance and that God’s love will sustain you. You will also have the support and encouragement of the Christian Church family.
As you walk down the aisle you will be walking in the footsteps of thousands of people who have seen the church as an important focal point in their local community, a place where they have shared their joys and celebrations as well as their sorrows. The church you have chosen may have a special place in your lives, or you may be new to your area and have not yet made links with your local church. If you haven’t already, make time to familiarise yourself with your local church, its worship and its congregation. When you marry in church, you are not in a building that is run as a commercial venture, you are married amongst a community of Christians, some of whom will pray for you in the run up to the big day.
Your wedding day will be one of the most important occasions in your life, but if one day can involve so much time and energy, then think about how much more time needs to be given to your ongoing marriage relationship.
The marriage service now assumes every couple will have taken part in some form of marriage preparations. You will meet and get to know the Rector (vicar) in advance of the wedding. She will not only be able to help, support and advise you in your planning, but also take time to discuss with you the meaning of marriage and the promises you will be making to one another in the service.