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Marriage in a church or other religious building

If you would like a religious marriage ceremony, you can get married in:

  • an Anglican church (Church of England or Church in Wales)
  • any other religious building registered for marriage.

Same sex couples

You cannot get married in an Anglican church as a same sex couple. You can get married in other religious buildings if:

  • the religious organisation allows same sex marriage to take place
  • the premises have been registered for the marriage of same sex couples.

Anglican church (Church of England or Church in Wales)

If you wish to be married in an Anglican church (Church of England or Church in Wales), you should speak to the vicar of the church to arrange your ceremony date and time; they will also be able to advise you of the process and costs involved.

You do not usually need to give notice of marriage at a register office if you are getting married in an Anglican church and both you and your partner are British, European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss nationals.

If you or your partner are not British, EEA or Swiss nationals, you will need to give notice of marriage together at a designated register office in England or Wales. The designated register office in Surrey is Weybridge.

Any other religious building registered for marriage

Examples of other religious buildings include Methodist, Baptist, Catholic and Unitarian churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship that are registered for marriage.

If you wish to marry in a religious building, you should first arrange to see the minister or other person in charge of marriages at the building to arrange your ceremony. However, the church or religious building in question must normally be in the registration district where you or your partner live or be your usual place of worship.

Once you have booked your ceremony with them, each of you must give formal notice of marriage to the superintendent registrar of the district(s) where you live. Please contact us to book an appointment and we will also explain the documents you will need to provide.

Some religious buildings have an authorised person who is responsible for registering marriages there. However, if the building where you are marrying does not have an authorised person or that person is not available, you will need to book a registrar to attend and register the marriage instead. If you require a registrar to register your marriage, please contact us as soon as possible to book their attendance.

It costs £86 for the registrar to attend and register your marriage and certificates are £11 each. Additional certificates purchased after the date of your ceremony will cost more.

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