Getting married at Christ Church or Holy Cross
Congratulations on your engagement!
We would love to welcome you and your friends and family to a wedding service at one of the churches in Timperley.
We want to make your wedding personal and memorable for you. Churches are special places and there are some things about a church wedding that you just can’t get anywhere else.
A church wedding will add a spiritual dimension to your marriage. The ceremony includes God and looks to him for help and guidance. God’s blessing is the main attraction for many couples, whatever their beliefs.
You can make amazing vows, or promises, in a church. You can only make vows this big in a church. These vows, made in public, will help you to stay together and grow together. God and your church are there for you to help you keep these vows.
The vicar will help to make your day special. She or he can blend ancient tradition and modern experience to reflect your story. Because of your relationship with the vicar, your wedding can be made personal, memorable, meaningful and beautiful.
Church buildings offer centuries of history. Imagine all the couples who have married in your parish church, some of whom may well be your family. You can feel you’re becoming part of history itself, the bigger plan, by marrying in the same place as your relatives and others in your community. A wedding at Christ Church or Holy Cross will make these unique buildings special to you and your family for years to come.
We are able to conduct weddings in both Christ Church and Holy Cross. If you are not familiar with either building, and are thinking about having your wedding with us, the best way to find out more is to come along to a service and meet us. Service details can be found on our front page <HOME>.
Can I get married at Christ Church or Holy Cross?
Everyone is welcome to marry in their parish church. If either of you is resident in the parish you will be able to get married here. Our parish boundary can be found here.
Additionally, the law has now changed to allow some couples to get married in church even if they do not live in the parish. If you have at least one of the following connections to Christ Church or Holy Cross, you will be able to marry here:
If one of you:
- has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
- was baptised in the parish concerned or
- was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
- has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
If one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
- has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
- has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
If one of your parents or grandparents:
- was married in the parish
If neither of you are resident in the parish, and you have no qualifying connections to Christ Church or Holy Cross, we may still be able to help you have a wedding service here. Contact Jim or Jenny for more information.
What if either of us is remarrying after a divorce?
We wish you a lifetime of love and will do everything we can to support couples in their lifelong commitment to one another. However, we recognise that some marriages do fail for all sorts of sad and painful reasons.
In some circumstances, we will be able to conduct a wedding service following the divorce of one or both parties. In other circumstances, it may be more appropriate for us to offer a service of prayer and dedication after a civil wedding. In all instances, we will help as best as we are able. Contact Jim or Jenny for an initial conversation.
What if one of us is a foreign national?
You can still get married in the parish church, but the process of application will be different for non-EEU nationals. We will be able to guide you through this process.
Can I renew my vows in church, and have my marriage blessed?
We’d love to welcome you (and your family and friends if appropriate) for a Service of Thanksgiving for your marriage. Often couples choose this option to mark an important anniversary or life event, or after a particularly difficult time in the marriage. But you don’t need to have a specific reason! Contact Jim or Jenny for more information.
So how do we book a wedding?
Email or phone Jim or Jenny in the first instance, and they will be able to provide you with an information booklet and application form. Alternatively, you can download both documents here.
What happens next?
Early on in the year of your wedding, you will be invited to a Marriage Preparation morning, which usually takes place on a Saturday. This will be an opportunity to:
- Learn about what will happen on the big day
- Meet the vicar who will be taking your service
- Think through, as a couple, the vows that you will make to one another
- Talk to the church florist about arrangements you might like for your flowers
- Talk to the church organist about different options for music for your day
- Meet other couples getting married in the same year
- See the venue in more detail
- Ask any questions you may have
Following this, the vicar who is taking your wedding service will arrange to meet with you as a couple, to plan the details of your day.
A few days before the ceremony, you will have a rehearsal with the vicar. This is a chance to ‘walk through’ the whole service, and put to bed any nerves or uncertainties you might have about the day.
We are here for you not only in the lead up to your day, but in the months and years to follow. If we can do anything to help or support you as you prepare for marriage, or if you face difficulties afterwards, please do not hesitate to contact us.
I have been asked to have my banns read in Timperley Parish. How do I arrange this?
If you live in Timperley but are getting married in a different church, you will still need to have your banns read here. You can download a banns application form at the bottom of this page and return it to us in good time to arrange the reading of your banns well before your wedding service.
Where can I find more information about a church wedding?
Visit the official Church of England Wedding Site http://www.yourchurchwedding.org/default.aspx for more information on getting married in church, as well as ideas for your day.
Still unsure about a wedding in Christ Church or Holy Cross? Got a hundred other questions? We’d love to hear from you and help as best we can. Contact Jim or Jenny.