Why get married in a Church such as Holy Nativity, Knowle?
A church such as Holy Nativity, Knowle is so much more than simply a venue for your wedding. Unique and special things become part of your marriage, on the day itself and beyond:-
- 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 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 your vows.
- The priest has a very particular role to play in your wedding. They can blend ancient tradition and modern experience to reflect your story. Because of the relationship with the priest, your wedding can be made personal, memorable, meaningful and beautiful.
- We believe that Holy Nativity, Knowle offers a place of beauty.
- Holy Nativity offers over 150 years of history. Imagine all the couples who have married in your local 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. We know these sorts of connections can make your day even more special.
- You can be involved in making choices about your ceremony.
- For some people, a church simply seems like the proper place to get married. Holy Nativity, Knowle can be described as ‘peaceful’, ‘serene’, or having an atmosphere that makes marrying there a particularly special experience.
- And after your wedding, you’ll realise that a church such as Holy Nativity, Knowle is more than simply a wedding venue. We’ll always be here for you.
Can we get married at Holy Nativity, Knowle?
As far as it is legally possible, we want to welcome you for a church wedding and as a Church of England parish we have been celebrating this moment with couples for over 150 years.
It is both a privilege and a duty for a priest to join a man and a woman in marriage. The good news is that you can marry in church regardless of your beliefs, whether or not you are christened and whether or not you have been a regular churchgoer.
Because getting married gives you a whole new legal status with many benefits, there are considerations for the vicar to make in both UK civil and church law. There are some basic requirements
but there could be complications if:-
- One or both of you is a national from a country that is outside the European Economic Area. Special procedures apply to the legal preparations for these marriages, to protect and celebrate those which are genuine and to help prevent those which are not.
- If one or both of you has been married before. There may well be a way forward for you to be re-married in church but the priest has certain considerations in these circumstances.
Although same-sex marriage legislation has changed, it remains the case that it is not legally possible for same-sex couples to marry in the Church of England.
Churches such as Holy Nativity, Knowle are so much more than a wedding venue. They offer friendship, prayer and support before and after a wedding, whether it is a church wedding or not.