The introduction to the Church in Wales Marriage Service describes marriage as a gift from God. The Bible teaches that marriage is a life-long, faithful union between a man and a woman, and compares married love with the love Jesus has for his people – a love expressed in his willing sacrifice of himself on the cross.
“Marriage is a gift of God through which husband and wife may grow together in the knowledge, love and service of God. It is given that, united with one another in heart, in mind and in body, they may increase in love and trust. God joins husband and wife in life-long union as the foundation of family life (in which children are born and nurtured and) in which each member of the family, in good times and in bad, may find strength, companionship and comfort, and grow to maturity in love. Marriage enriches society and strengthens community.”
From the Church in Wales order for Holy Matrimony
Jesus therefore sets the greatest example of unconditional, self-sacrificial love – a model that husband and wife can seek to follow in the way they love one another, each putting the other’s needs first. At the heart of the marriage ceremony is the exchange of vows, in which a couple make a public declaration of lifelong commitment to love each other, whatever the future may bring.
Christians believe that in marriage we find the proper expression of our sexuality, a secure environment for bringing up our children, and an important element of stability for the wider community.
Can I get married in your church?
If you live in our parish, and neither of you have been previously married, are over 18 years old, and are not closely related to each other, then the answer is almost certainly ‘Yes.’ (Be aware, however, that the boundary of the parish may not be where you think it ought to be! For a pdf of our boundary, click here.)
If either of you have been previously married and your former spouse is still living, then we’ll need to talk.
If you both live outside the parish, but at least one of you has a connection with one of our churches, then you may qualify in Law to be married in that church. Contact the Rector to arrange a chat.
Click here to see a video about marriage in the Church in Wales.
More information about the various legal preliminaries to marriage is available from the Faculty Office website, but you may want to talk with us first.
To speak to us about a wedding contact the Rector.
Please note that we’ll need to see proof of nationality of all people who wish to marry in our churches – normally a valid Passport or Birth Certificate (no copies).
We are unable to conduct weddings on Sundays.