If you are viewing this page after becoming engaged, many congratulations on your engagement! It is always a joy and privilege to welcome enquiries from couples embarking on this new and exciting phase of their relationship. Preparing to get married involves spiritual, legal and practical issues and the Church is here to help in these matters.
It is our mission to offer couples who have a special connection with All Saints Daresbury a traditional wedding in a beautiful village church. There are many ways couples can legally marry here. These are:
- Residency within the parish;
- On the electoral roll of All Saints Daresbury;
- Be able to demonstrate a ‘qualifying connection’.
(It is usually straightforward to establish a ‘qualifying connection’. The Church of England website offers helpful advice about what the law means by this term.) Even if you have been married before and your previous partner is still living, this is not necessarily an insurmountable barrier.
How to apply to get married
- Come to a church service and speak to me afterwards. We’ll plan a time when we can meet, to fill in the legal forms and get to know one another. (It is most important that you don’t make any firm plans until after this meeting).
- If Daresbury isn’t your home parish, you will need to organise the reading of the banns of marriage in your home Church of England parish church(es) and send the certificate to me, in order for the wedding to be able to take place. Don’t worry – you’ll be guided through this process nearer the time but have a look at yourchurchwedding.org for further details.
- Nearer the date of your wedding, we’ll meet again to talk about the vows and wedding ceremony in more detail.
- We’ll have a rehearsal, usually a couple of days before the wedding, when we’ll walk through the service in church with your best man, bridesmaids, ushers and parents, so that you are all comfortable with the arrangements.
As getting married is about starting a new life together in the community, weddings are open, public events and the Church, therefore, needs to ensure that what takes place in the church building during worship is appropriate. We have leaflets available about what is suitable in the context of this church in terms of floral decorations on the woodwork, photography, music etc. I also ask you to speak with Claire, our Director of Music, who has a wealth of experience and advises our wedding couples about hymn choices and processional music.
In between the meetings with me I know you will be warmly welcomed and supported by the church community, many of whom have got married here themselves.
Please do not hesitate to contact any of the below if you have any questions:
Revd Canon David Felix
Home: 01925 740348
Claire Longstaff, Director of Music
Alison Upton, Pastoral Assistant
The current list of fees is attached here but should be used as a guide only as the fees change each year. An invoice will be issued 2 months before the wedding and should be settled one month before the wedding.
The church calendar is here if you want to check whether we have availability when you hope to get married.
With God’s blessing
Vicar of All Saints Daresbury