Marriage

 

Getting Married at Leeds Minster

 

Congratulations!

We are delighted that you are thinking about getting married in church and we hope this information will help you with deciding whether you would like to be married at the Minster.

 

What do we believe about marriage?

As Christians we believe that marriage is a gift from God and that in the marriage ceremony a couple make a public declaration of a lifelong and exclusive commitment to love one other.

 

Can I get married at Leeds Minster?

If you have not been married before you are automatically able to get married in the Parish Church where you live or where you worship regularly. You can find out which parish you live in by entering your postcode on this website: www.achurchnearyou.com. If you live in another parish you should contact the church in that parish; they will be pleased to hear from you.

There are various other factors that make you eligible to get married in another Church. A person has a Qualifying Connection with a parish if they:

  • were baptised in the parish or had his or her confirmation entered in a church register book of a church or chapel in the parish;
  • or have, at any time, had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months;
  • or has at any time habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months;
  • or if a parent of that person has at any time during that person’s lifetime had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months, or habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months;
  • or if a parent or grandparent of that person was married in the parish.

We can advise you further on this issue – please do get in touch as early as possible if you have any questions about whether you are eligible to be married at the Minster: admin@leedsminster.org

 

I’m not baptised. I don’t go to church. Can I still get married in church?

Yes! If you wish to have your wedding in a Church and make promises before God and your family and friends then it would be a privilege and a pleasure to be part of your celebrations!

 

I’m divorced. Can I still get married in church?

The Church of England believes that marriage is for life but recognises that, sadly, some marriages do fail. In exceptional circumstances, the Church accepts that a divorced person may marry again.

We will want to discuss this with you and may be willing to marry you in church having heard something of your story and your hopes for the future.

It should be stated that if you and your partner met and formed your relationship before either one of you was already divorced, then it is unlikely that a church marriage will be offered to you. However a service of blessing following a civil ceremony may be offered in such cases.

 

General Information

Cost

The cost of a church wedding depends on a variety of factors but is usually in the region of £750-1000. Invoices are issued six weeks in advance of the wedding and are payable within two weeks of the date of the wedding.

 

Banns

There are four ways to be married in church:

  • by the reading of Banns;
  • by Common Licence (if banns are impossible or inappropriate)
  • by Superintendent Registrar’s Certificate (required if one of the couple is not a EEA national);
  • by Archbishop’s Licence (used only in from exceptional circumstances).

Banns involve the public proclamation of your intention to marry and are made on three successive Sundays during the main service. They must be read in the parish church where you are to be married and in the parish church or churches where you both live. You must obtain a Banns certificate from each church in which Banns are read other than the church in which you are to be married. We recommend that you attend each church in which your Banns are to be read on at least one occasion.

If you think a Common Licence, Superintendent Registrar’s Certificate or Archbishop’s Licence is required then please discuss this with us as soon
as possible.

 

Contact us

For all general enquiries about weddings please do get in touch: admin@leedsminster.org