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.
Jesus therefore sets the greatest example of unconditional 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.
Although you do not have to be a church goer, you need to remember that the wedding ceremony in church has a distinctively Christian character and assumes that you accept the Christian understanding of marriage.
The normal preliminary to getting married in the Church in Wales is by banns, the procedure of notifying people of your intention to marry. Banns are read out in the main Sunday service in the parish where each of you lives as well as the church in which you are to be married, if that is in another parish. The Banns are called on three consecutive Sundays leading up to the wedding.
What if you are divorced?
Marriage is for life, but it’s a sad fact that some marriages do fail. There are some circumstances in which a divorced person may marry again in church. If you are considering a church wedding and have been divorced, you should discuss this with the vicar on your initial enquiry.
The day and time of the service is also decided in consultation with the vicar. It must be between 8am and 6pm and not clash with other Church services. For example, if you wanted to marry on a Sunday, it would have to be at a time other than the normal Sunday services and when the vicar is available. By custom, there are no weddings during Lent, the church season covering the six weeks before Easter.
For further details please contact the Churchwardens.