Why marry in church? Churches are special places and there are some things about a church wedding that you just canвt get anywhere else. A church is so much more than simply a venue for your wedding. Unique and special things become part of your marriage, on the day itself and beyond:-
A church wedding will add a spiritual dimension to your marriage. The ceremony includes God and looks to him for help and guidance. Godвs blessing is the main attraction for many couples, whatever their beliefs. You can make amazing vows, or promises, in a church. You can only make vows this big in a church. These vows, made in public, will help you to stay together and grow together. God and your church are there for you to help you keep your vows. The Vicar has a very particular role to play in your wedding. They can blend ancient tradition and modern experience to reflect your story. Because of the relationship with the Vicar, your wedding can be made personal, memorable, meaningful and beautiful.
Church buildings offer outstanding beauty. Old or new, intimate or grand, our 16,000 churches are some of the nationвs most stunning wedding venues, with two-thirds being listed buildings. Church buildings offer centuries of history. Imagine all the couples who have married in your local church, some of whom may well be your family. You can feel youвre becoming part of history itself, the bigger plan, by marrying in the same place as your relatives. We know these sorts of connections can make your day even more special. You can be involved in making choices about your ceremony. You can even use our online ceremony planner to get you started. For some people, a church simply seems like the proper place to get married. Churches can be described as peaceful, serene, or having an atmosphere that makes marrying there a particularly special experience. And after your wedding, youвll realise that a church is more than simply a wedding venue. As someone working full-time in Campus Ministry, one of my frequent responsibilities is preparing couples for marriage.
One frequent question I hear from couples is, БCan we get married outside in the park,Б or БCan we get married at the country club? Б Often what theyБre looking for is a location more convenient to their reception, or a place more aesthetically pleasing than the Newman Center or their local parish church. I usually end up explaining to these couples that the Catholic Church expects that a wedding, being a solemn and sacramental event, should occur in a churchБin sacred space. Usually thatБs something that they understand, and itБs not a problem. Occasionally I hear, БWell, isnБt God present equally everywhere? Б To this I generally respond, БWell, yes, GodБs just as present at the bus station downtown, but you wouldnБt want to get married there, would you? Б We Catholics take this notion of sacred space very seriously. ThatБs why being inside a church feels different from being somewhere else.
An atmosphere of peace, reverence, and respect is important to us, so that all will feel welcome, and so that a sense of GodБs loving presence permeates the place. We believe that weddings are sacred moments, which should ordinarily happen in the place where the bride or groom worships, with their families and their faith community. A church isnБt just a set or backdrop for a wedding; rather a wedding is an expression of a faith communityБs joys and hopes. Of course, there are occasionally special circumstances which might require a wedding in a different location. For that to happen in most dioceses, permission must be granted. The Catholic party should discuss with his or her parish priest the process for seeking such permission. In many places that permission is difficult to obtain, unless the reason is particularly serious. БI just want to be married outsideБ is generally not going to be reason enough.