Do you want to get married in the Church of England? Let us help you. We wish you well as you plan for your married life. You're welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptised and whether or not you go to church.
A wedding ceremony marks the start of a marriage. All weddings, wherever they take place, are significant. They all mark a public witness to the love that two people have for each other. We believe that a church wedding strengthens that ideal.
The fact that the promises are made within a supportive community provides a setting in which the marriage can be supported and sustained; the church building witnesses to the significance of that love.
The idea of the ‘sacrament of marriage’ reflects the miracle of what God is doing in human lives as you both make the promises together in the church.
Information and advice about all aspects of getting married in the Church of England can be found by clicking this link to the official Church of England website. Please be aware, however, that some of the legal aspects of marriages are different in Guernsey to those set out on the website.
If you don't live in Guernsey, it may still be possible for your marriage to be solemnised here (especially if you have family connections). But we encourage you to ask for advice at a very early stage in planning your wedding.
It is possible to be married at St Tugual's Chapel on the Island of Herm.
For information about the legal preliminaries to marriage, applying for a licence and the residential qualifications required for marriage in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, see the Ecclesiastical Court's website - click on the button below. You can also download the application forms for a marriage licence.
The fees for marriages and services after civil ceremonies include the cost of the marriage service and the marriage certificate. For most marriages a licence is required from the Ecclesiastical Court; the fee for the licence is also specified.
The figures do not include charges for extras such as heating, music (eg, organist, choir), bells and flowers, which are fixed by the incumbent and churchwardens of the parish.
Each year, usually in November or December, the Deanery Synod makes an Order setting the Parochial Fees which will be charged in the coming year by every parish in the Deanery.
Many organists charge a minimum fee of £82 for marriages although an additional fee may be payable if an audio-visual recording of the service is made.