Are you planning to get married? Congratulations! Your local church will be delighted to make you welcome.

You can find out all getting married in church at the Church of England’s special weddings website ( There’s a ceremony planner, FAQs and lots of useful resources to help you plan your special day.

Although it is now legal for same-sex couples to marry in the UK, it is not legally possible for the Church of England to offer weddings to same-sex couples. However, in certain circumstances prayers may be said for same-sex couples. The House of Bishops issued Pastoral Guidance on Same-Sex Marriage on 15 February 2014.

The former Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard, wrote to the clergy reflecting on this issue later the same month.

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