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There is a lot more to think about than just getting married in a church. Legal requirements : There are no conditions that say you have to be a regular churchgoer to get married in the Church of England. The Church gives you the opportunity for you to make your solemn promises to each other, not just in front of your family and friends but also in the sight of God. There are 4 ways of getting married in accordance with the rites of the Church of England: by publication of banns, by common licence,by special licence issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury,by the authority of a superintendent registrar's certificate without licence. The parish priest or vicar will guide the couple as to the most suitable method according to their particular circumstances, although publication of banns is the traditional and preferred method for most couples.


Preparing for a Church of England Wedding: The Church of England considers marriage to be a life long commitment, whereby couples carefully prepare for their new life together. It is the custom and practice of the Church of England to offer preparation for marriage for couples who are soon to be married, as well as to be available for support and counselling in the years that follow. The minister will probably ask both the couple to attend a meeting to discuss their forthcoming marriage, and to come to an understanding about the way a Christian marriage works. Items such as type of ceremony, hymns, readings, poems and music are chosen.