For the second year running the Diocese of Liverpool sent a team of vicars to the Wedding Show a St George's Hall.
The show was another great success, with a great deal of interest in the church, and there was much appreciation for the helpful guidance given to those planning either a church or a civil wedding.
All couples who came to see us - whether they opted for a church wedding or a civil service - were able to take away at least one of our specially-designed handouts.
This year we produced a range of new wedding literature:
You are invited...to be married in the Church of England (FAQs and general information)
Readings and Hymns for your Church Wedding
More Readings for Your Wedding (featuring a selection of poems and extracts for a church of civil wedding)
Blessings and Renewals (especially popular for those marrying abroad or those celebrating an important anniversary)
The Church of England has a dedicated website www.yourchurchwedding.org which is packed with resources, information and ideas to help plan a wedding.
New Marriage Measure
Currently 54,000 weddings a year are celebrated throughout 16,000 C of E Churches in England. Under the old law a couple had the right to marry at the church in the parish (a church district) where one or both of them live. To marry in any other church used to require a special licence or six months of regular church attendance followed by entry on the church electoral roll.
Now that the new Marriage Measure has become law couples are welcome to be married in church in a parish if just one of these applies:
• one of them was baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish; or
• one of them has ever lived in the parish for six months or more; or
• one of them has at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for six months or more; or
• one of their parents has lived in the parish for six months or more in their child’s lifetime; or
• one of their parents has regularly attended public worship there for six months or more in their child’s lifetime; or
• Their parents or grandparents were married in the parish.