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. God’s 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 and 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 you’re 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 and just as you would want it.
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. This is the place to declare your love for one another and to consider God’s love for you both, now and in the future you share.
Weddings may be booked in church every Wednesday at St Clares Church between 5.30-6.30pm. There is no need to make an appointment, just come along to the church. Vestry, St Clare’s Church, St Cuthbert’s Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 5NT.
After your wedding, you’ll realise that a church is more than simply a wedding venue. We’ll always be here for you, for all the important times in your life.
You can marry in a Church of England church if you can show that one of you:
- has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months, or was baptised (christened) in the parish concerned, or
- is confirmed and your confirmation was entered in the register of confirmations for a church or chapel in the parish (this will usually be the case if you were prepared for confirmation in the parish), or
- has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months
- That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
- has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months, or
- has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months
- that one of your parents or grandparents: was married in the parish.