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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?

We charge the minimum Church of England fee for our expenses, currently in the region of £400. (We are a not-for-profit registered charity.) We leave it to you to arrange flowers or music. You might also want to hire our halls for the reception.

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 to check that the marriage will be recognised elsewhere, and also as a safeguard against illegal immigration. 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. It always deserves our sympathy and support. Because of the nature of Christian marriage vows, we are not usually able to conduct remarriage or blessings at church, but we would love to support you in other ways.

What about same-sex marriage?

The Church of England is not authorised to conduct same-sex weddings or blessings, but we warmly welcome all couples at any of our church activites. Here are some "Christian and gay" life stories and FAQs